TraderJacksBazaar

Jewelry, Handbags & Unique Items From Around The World

Ellicott City, Maryland · 82 Sales

TraderJacksBazaar

Jewelry, Handbags & Unique Items From Around The World

Ellicott City, Maryland 82 Sales On Etsy since 2015

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Announcement   Handmade goods from Panama, Ecuador, Kenya, and Belize. We find the highest quality goods at the best prices from their native countries and deliver them to you.

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Last updated on Feb 13, 2017

Handmade goods from Panama, Ecuador, Kenya, and Belize. We find the highest quality goods at the best prices from their native countries and deliver them to you.

Trader Jack

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Trader Jack

African Silvertone Earrings - Handmade in Kenya
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Trader Jacks was hatched by a precocious 9 year old boy with a sense of adventure and a thirst for enterprise

A boy born of wanderlust, American by birth, Irish by nationality, French by education, and Panamanian by adoption, he has grown up traveling the world alongside his nomadic family…and nothing has been lost on him over the years.

From early ages, Jack and his older sister watched as their family moved from country to country, seeking opportunity and building businesses. They both loved travel and relished the chance to explore new exotic destinations, seeking out unique toys and games, clothing and souvenirs particular to each. They embraced the foreign and collected what they thought to be the best, most unique, and most useful of what was made locally in each country they visited.

By the time they reached adolescence, their bedrooms looked more like curio museums than typical children’s bedrooms. Glass bookcases overflowed with handmade, one-of-a-kind, sometimes bizarre treasures from far-flung lands. Memories of their fantastic adventures together.

But Jack’s sister went off to college, and Jack was left traveling alone with his mom and dad. And, as he grew, his ideas about the foreign purchases he continued to make shifted a little.

His new perspective led him to ask his father, on a trip to Nicaragua, if he could borrow a sum of money to purchase items from the Masaya market where they were shopping. He didn’t want to buy the things for himself, he explained, and not only as gifts for his sister, either. He that that all of his friends would love the oddities he had found. He could take the trinkets back home with him to Paris, where the family was based at the time, and sell them to his friends…or anyone else interested in his imports.

And so Jack began his trade.

As he continued to travel during his school vacations, Jack always kept an eye peeled for additions to his collection—new things he discovered and found useful, beautiful, funny, or rare. He learned to buy in bulk, and his collection grew. Eventually his inventory no longer fit in his room, and he had to ask his mom for space in the hall closets. For his birthday one year his father bought him his own URL so he could, finally, build a website to support his trading. Trader Jacks Bazaar was born.

Progress was slow, at first, for a child in school with little time other than school vacations to devote to the project.

In 2011 the family took a trip to Medellin, Colombia, where Jack and his sister, now out of college, were reunited in their little hobby. They shopped for cow skins and leather goods, both impressed by the beauty, practicality, and value of the leather industry in this country. They got to talking about how they could pair up in Jack’s mission to shop globally and deliver locally.

Out of college, and with time and energy to put into the family project, Kaitlin became Jack’s new partner in trade. The pair has been traveling together since with the focused agenda of purchasing the highest-quality handmade goods from all over the world to deliver to Trader Jack’s fast-growing customer base. The siblings continue…

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  • Kaitlin and Jack

    Owner

    The idea for Trader Jacks was hatched by a precocious 9-year-old boy. A boy born of wanderlust, American by birth, Irish by nationality, French by education, and Panamanian by adoption, he has grown up traveling the world with his nomadic family.

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