A COLLECTION OF FASHIONABLE, FAIR TRADE GIFTS, HANDMADE BY ARTISANS IN NEED AROUND THE WORLD.

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Meet Our Artisans

Each season we feature artisans from around the world whose products are in showcased in our current collection. Discover how these talented artisans make their sustainable, unique products by hand, along with the challenges they face, and the non-profit groups who help support their craftwork. 

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From small beginnings come great things

The twelve artisan groups featured each season have been introduced to us by fair trade wholesalers, nonprofit organizations and consultants who work directly with the craftspeople. We strive to represent artisans from different parts of the world. Our products are chosen for their quality and value with an eye for both contemporary and classic style.

By supporting these organizations and buying their fairly traded products, we are helping these artisans earn a living wage, send their children to schools, and afford daily necessities that we often take for granted. We hope you love our collection as much as we do and will share 12 Small Things with your family and friends. 

If you’re in San Francisco, please visit our showroom and store at 513 Cortland Avenue in Bernal Heights, Thursday through Sunday from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm, or by appointment (contact: laurie@12smallthings.com415-829-8292).

Thank you for giving, Laurie

Blog

The changing face of retail

Tom's Shoes VeniceLet’s face it, retail has changed significantly since the election of Donald Trump last year, along with the growing preference by the consumer for online shopping. Are we scared to go out, or do we just like the comforts of home better than our local shops? In New York last month, I overheard twenty something’s on their commute home, ordering groceries from their phones, rather than stopping by the store. 
October 06, 2017 by Laurie Kanes

Slowing down to catch up

What does it mean when your life goes faster than you can keep up with? I think many would say it meant it was time to slow down, which is what I'm trying to do these days. But when the treadmill is turned up to high, sometimes it takes a while to slow down so you can get off safely without crashing, at least that was the plan.

March 01, 2017 by Laurie Kanes

513 Cortland

513 Cortland Avenue

I'm here, all moved in, and I still can't quite believe it, thanks to all the help and support of my family and friends and a ton of elbow grease. When I returned from the New York gift show at the end of August, I was notified by the realtor group Urban Solutions, that I was approved to lease my new office, showroom and store by the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center. I was given one month's free rent to fix up my new digs starting September 1st, which was only a few days away.

November 10, 2016 by Laurie Kanes

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