You know when you don't buy something,
and then for the next 500 hours all you can think about is how much you actually no-questions-asked need it?
That was this necklace.
Pardon me. That IS this necklace.
Leah Kessel and her husband, Raymond, are the owners of Calabash Gifts - a cozy store packed full of hand made African baskets, dishware, sculptures, blankets, tapestries, clothing, and last but not least - jewelry.
Since 1996, the couple has journeyed to Africa at least every other year to buy the incredible items that they then sell in Calabash Gifts. Everything is unique, authentic and gorgeous.
And everything you buy supports the families in Africa who make the crafts. When Leah tells them that their art is coming to America, they literally dance with joy.
So, shopping there is essentially a noble deed.
That's us. Just saving the world one materialistic purchase at a time.
I've been going to Calabash for a couple of years now, and every time I come away with something that even Forever 21 can't rip off.
I know. Unfathomable.
|Leah Kessel herself (holding a picture made of real butterfly wings)|
Anyhow, I give it 2-African-ring-clad thumbs up.
So follow these directions, and dance your way over to Calabash Gifts on Monroe Street. You'll not only look awesome, but simultaneously help feed and clothe an African child. Karma exists, people. And midterm grades love Karma.
Oh, and please invite me.
Because I'm getting that necklace, whether my wallet likes it or not.