Friday, April 19, 2013

Shopping with a purpose

What an adventure we gals had yesterday in Gainesville.  Maureen introduced Janet, Sharon and me to an incredibly unique shopping experience at Rahab’s Rope.

Rahab's Rope

What is that?, you ask.  This is from their website:

Rahab's Rope is a place that provides food, shelter, and protection; a place of education and training; a place where the whole person is ministered to spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, and financially. It is a place of hope, a place of transformed lives.

Ultimately, we exist to rescue girls and women out of the the horrors of Human Trafficking and restore hope and purpose to their lives. Since our founding in 2004 our immediate and most all-encompassing focus has been on the victims of Human Trafficking in India. However, as we have grown so have our points of focus. We are currently doing work in both India and in the United States. These projects have very different objectives but are both in line with our desire to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those who have very little in this world.

There were so many interesting items in the store that I totally forgot to take photos inside.  Bad blogger!  The items are beautifully displayed…eye candy everywhere.  All four of us did our part toward putting some bucks in their coffers, and brought home lovely, useful items…some for ourselves; some for gifts.

This is for me…beautiful and very reasonably priced (I could hardly make it myself for what they charge):


…and these stone and wire wrapped earrings (I haven’t tried the wire wrapping yet):


Plus a few other items that I can’t show, since they will be gifts.  At least SOME of the other items.

The store is far more than just jewelry—they have items for the home (Janet got a beautiful cut-work tablecloth and colorful basket), purses, scarves and other stuff.  Good stuff.  NICE stuff.  And the money goes to a very good cause.  Their staff is awesome!  We’ll go back.

We even got to meet one of the crafters and tell her how much we appreciated her work.  Her smile spoke volumes.

Our name is taken from the Biblical account of the prostitute, Rahab, found in the book of Joshua chapters two and six.  To view the complete story behind our name, as well as the Biblical account, please click here.

This interesting store is the ONLY one in the world, but don’t feel left out.  YOU can shop (or donate) from where you are sitting right now.  Check them out online:

Lunch was divine across the square at Sweet Magnolia’s Café and Bakery.  Afterward we walked around enjoying window shopping, and the beautiful spring day.  It was a perfect GDO—Girls' Day Out.

We’ll have to have another GDO soon, girls.  Blue Ridge next?

Life is good, y’all!

~~Hope means waiting for something we do not yet see, and we must wait for it in patience.


Sandee said...

How fun honey and doing a good deed while your were having a GDO. Love it.

Have a terrific day and weekend honey. Scritches to your babies. ☺

Barb and the Gs said...

Sounds like a wonderful GDO! And new bling while helping a worthy cause? WIN WIN!

Have a lovely day! big hugs xoxo

Jean(ie) said...

Oh wow... What beautiful pieces! I checked out the store. They have really nice stuff! The freshwater pears are just beautiful!

Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

do they take handmade jewelry donations?

smiles, bee

ivana said...

Very interesting!
We have little shops with items of Third World coumtries, i love to buy there for gifts or for me and for my family! I think the dhop you visited is a great thing!

Big hugs!