5 pieces for everyday to make you feel like you’ve actually gone ‘a-travellin’

The last time I went overseas was a couple of years ago with my (then) boyfriend (now husband).  We went to the U.S.A to visit family and generally spend some time in the American summer sunshine (it was July when we visited). I didn’t do the usual day trip to the outlet malls that time, nor did I go cut-snake-crazy in the department stores.  I didn’t go wild in a fridge magnet emporium (are there really fridge magnet emporiums, though?), nor did I come home with touristy trinkets for my friends and family.

Instead, what I wanted to do was bring a little bit of the city I visited home with me, in ways I could see every day in my home.  Back in the days when I could do immense amounts of travelling, my preferred items to shop for were prints and anything I could use for home decor. I bought little mirrors, prints, blankets, you name it, all in the name of creature comforts.  I currently now come home to an alpaca-wool blanket I picked up in Cusco, a couple of prints we collected in NYC and Chicago, a little porcelain jewellery box from Vietnam and a little Fortune Cat figurine from Hong Kong (admittedly this does not live in my home, but rather on my desk at work next to my monitor), amongst other things.  Coming home to items like these reminds me, after a day of routine and commuting, that there is a world out there, and that I’ve been in it and walked amongst it.

But those frequent travelling days are behind me now, opening me up to discoveries and adventures right here at home. So whilst I don’t rack up points on my Frequent Flyer card anymore, I can still bring little pieces of the outside world into my tiny Sydney abode.  Homewares and everyday accessories from around world, sourced ethically and sold in a way to assist the communities they represent, are a great way of not just filling your home with beauty and light, but also a fantastic way to support organisations like Ofxam Australia, who work tirelessly to help bring about an end to poverty worldwide.  Their online store is filled with items for every room in the house or for any day of the week, and they’ve just filled it with some new goodies from their Spring catalogue.  Here are 5 pieces for everyday to make you feel like you’ve actually gone ‘a-travellin’:

1. Elephant Grass Basket Shopper

If you live in a small apartment like me, any type of storage is needed.  These Elephant Grass Basket Shoppers would be pretty nice for storing smaller items around the home or in a bedroom.  They’re also known as Bolga baskets, and are from the Bolgatanga region in Ghana, where traditionally the Fra-Fra people weave these baskets from the straw of the savannah plains around then.  Vegetable dyes give them their unique colour, and they are sold with leather-bound handles. They’ve widely recognised for their quality, durability and utility, and each bag/basket is designed with its own unique pattern and colour.  And they double as ACTUAL bags, so bonus! Small $39.95 Large $59.95



2. Hand Painted Spice DrawersHand-Painted-Spice-Drawers-My-Local-World-Ofxam

I actually really love this one because currently my spices sit in my kitchen cupboard all jumbled on top of each other.  If you’re anything like me and cook with loads of herbs and spices, then this should sit pride of place in your kitchen.  This is made with mango wood and ceramic, through an Oxfam partner known as Noah’s Ark, a fair-trade marketing organisation who work with 40 artisan groups as well as over 300 artisans across India.  $59.95. 










3. Natural Hide Leather Shoulder Bag Natural-Hide-Leather-Shoulder-Bag-My-Local-World-Ofxam

The best thing you can own is a go-anywhere, all-purpose handbag that goes with everything, and that’s exactly what this bag is. It’s also strikingly free of any designer crap all over it (I’m not a fan of massive logos all over my bags).  Made from thick quality leather hide, this bag also features two straps so you can wear it different ways.  If you’re like me and walk for miles you might prefer the longer shoulder strap so you can wear it across the body.  Inside, it features an internal zip compartment, open mobile and wallet pouches, a key hook and printed cotton lining. The leather used is Eco leather, which is tanned using environmentally friendly processes, and gives the hide a natural look. $199.00. 


4. Hope on a Rope

These make really cool presents (or not, if you prefer to keep them for yourself :P).  The range consists of the soaps, made of coconut oils and essential oils, and the Loofah (with a lavendar and coconut soap), is great for exfoliation or to use as a body scrub.  These are made by service-based agency Prokritee (meaning “nature” in Bangla).  They manage 8 Handicraft Enterprises, and help groups sell their products in local and foreign markets that adhere to Fair Trade standards. Prokritee helps to provide jobs for poor rural women, usually widows, divorcees or head-of-households with little or no income. By providing jobs for women, Prokritee is able to improve the women’s standard of living and help them send their children to school. Soaps: $11.95, Loofah: $11.95.


Wok-Cooking-Set-Toy-My-Local-World-Oxfam5. Wok Cooking Set Toy

I always told myself that if I ever had kids, I would teach them to cook as soon as humanly possible, probably as soon as their motor skills kicked in.  So this Wok Cooking Set Toy would be perfect for that, and how cute is it!! The set is made from 100% natural cotton fabrics by Selyn, a fair trade hand loom company.  Their products are dyed in the Selyn dye house with AZO non toxic dyes, then woven by their master weavers on handlooms in the weaving workshop. The company assists their local Sri Lankan community. $59.95.


To purchase any of the above Oxfam Shop products, or for more information, visit www.oxfamshop.org.au.

All product images, including Featured Image, courtesy of Oxfam Shop.  


  1. What a fabulous post. I love the idea of feeling like you’ve been traveling when you haven’t. Thanks from everyone at Oxfam Australia


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