Pepper Project: Shop with a purpose this weekend

Pepper Project's new home is stocked with  fun and affordable accessories, jewelry, scarves, home goods and even some toys.
Pepper Project’s new home is stocked with fun and affordable accessories, jewelry, scarves, home goods and even some toys.

 

The only thing better than shopping is when your purchases give back to someone less fortunate. That’s why I love buying gifts, home goods and even fantastic handmade jewelry and accessories from my friends at Pepper Project (pepper project.org).

Button and spoon earrings from Khmer Creations at Pepper Project.
Button and spoon earrings from Khmer Creations at Pepper Project.

 

Pepper Project also carries a full line of Bodia spa products.
Pepper Project also carries a full line of Bodia spa products.
Knitted birds ad a whimsical touch to a child's room or yours.
Knitted birds ad a whimsical touch to a child’s room or yours.

 

Started by a former colleague, Tom Gordon, and his lovely wife, Cris Peterson, four years ago, Pepper Project has grown from a website selling Kampot pepper (with all the proceeds going back to Cambodians in need) to my go-to place for cool printed Krama scarves — the traditional stripe and checked pattern of the Khmer

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Colorful Krama scarves add flair to t-shirt and jeans or a maxi dress.
Colorful Krama scarves add flair to t-shirt and jeans or a maxi dress.
Good Krama skater hat
Good Krama skater hat

 

 

Great way to cover a bad hair day: Krama head bands, $5.
Great way to cover a bad hair day: Krama head bands, $5.

— and budget-friendly handmade statement jewelry (like the sandalwood seed bracelets pictured below).

 

Vibrant sandalwood seed bracelets are stackable and perfect for layering into an arm party!
Vibrant sandalwood seed bracelets are stackable and perfect for layering into an arm party!

 

Now, Pepper Project has its first brick-and-mortar boutique at 940 W. Chapman in Orange.

The store, for now, is open by appointment only but this Sunday (Oct. 26) and Monday (Oct. 27) Tom and Cris are holding an open house from 4-7. There’ll be a raffle and Bhan mi sandwiches! And everything you spend goes back to people in need.

It’s the perfect time to start holiday shopping. Maybe the fashionista in your life would love one of these $18 silk envelope wallets …

 

Lightweight and stylish silk wallets, $18.
Lightweight and stylish silk wallets, $18.

One of these adorable rice bag fold over wallets makes a witty statement for the fashionista who doesn’t take herself too seriously …

 

Rice paper wallets would make an excellent stocking stuffer
Rice paper wallets would make an excellent stocking stuffers.

 

 

Can’t make it to the open house? You can always shop online at pepperproject.org or you can try these retailers who also carry Pepper Project goods:

• Pacific Ranch Market, 7540 E. Chapman Ave., Orange;

• C4 Deli, Third Street and Broadway, downtown Santa Ana;

• Share and Do Good, 115 S. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton

Hope to see you there …

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