Can a group of talented handcrafters use their passion and skills to raise funds for a cause? You bet we can.
It started as an idea in 2005 before the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign was even established. A small group of talented women began by selling handmade purses and bags at local markets and sending the proceeds to the Stephen Lewis Foundation. In 2006, they held their first stand alone sale – a sell out event.
In 2008, the first BAG, BABIES & BEYOND (BB&B) was held in its current venue, Marda Loop Communities Association, and the rest is a success story. BB&B, held each October, is one of the two main UJAMAA GRANDMAS annual fund raising events. Handcrafters work all year long with guidance and support from a Handcrafts Committee. Throughout the year, workshops and demos are held, feedback is provided for what sells well and raw materials or kits are provided for many items. While some of the raw material for workshops and kits comes from local business supporters, most comes from the highly successful FABRIC & YARN SALE. There is a synergy that makes both events vital to the overall success of UJAMAA GRANDMAS’ fundraising efforts.
At BB&B, customers find member-created, high-quality, handcrafted items for the individual from head to toe, from babies to grandparents plus gift items for hostesses and best friends and items for the home.
Clothing items from top to bottom for women and men – Hats, Scarves, Shawls, Cowls, Sweaters, Vests, Mittens, Boot Toppers, Leg Warmers, Socks, Slippers
Clothing from head to toe for girls and boys – Hats, Sweaters, Outfits, Slippers, Mittens,
Toys, Dolls, Accessories, Decor Items, Diaper Bags
Everything you can imagine for the home or gift giving – Table Wear, Handcrafted wooden items, Holiday Items such as runners and ornaments, Hostess Items, Travel Accessories, Cards and Gift Bags
Bracelets, Necklaces, Pendants, Hair Accessories, Shawl Pins, Beadwork, Charms
Purses & Bags
Handbags, Purses, Totes, Wallets and Felted Bags
And you never know what you will find as every year there is something new in our product lines.
When the doors open, shoppers make a bee line for their favourite section and we try our best to keep it looking good and easy to find. During the sale, Members, identified by their UJAMAA GRANDMAS logo-emblazoned aprons, provide assistance to shoppers, model items, keep displays, props and signs in order and restock as the sale progresses.
History of Fundraising Results – Gross proceeds:
- 2006 – First stand alone sale: $6000
- 2007 – $12,000
- 2008 – First UJAMAA GRANDMAS BB&B sale at Marda Loop.
- 2009 – $22,900
- 2010 – $27,900
- 2011 – $33,800
- 2012 – $34,500
- 2013 – $40,000
- 2014 – $50,500
- 2015 – $44,600
- 2016 – $48,500
- 2017 – $48,700
- 2018 – $47,170
- 2019 – $48,000
- Marda Loop Communities Association for their support before and during the sale.
- Along Came Quilting
- Magic of Christmas – We have partnered with Magic of Christmas. Our sale props are stored until needed in their warehouse and, in return, a significant portion of our unsold items are donated to them for distribution at Christmas. This is a great way to give back into our own community as well as help the Grandmothers Campaign.
- And of course, we could never do what we do without the support of the FABRIC & YARN Committee working hand-in-hand with HANDCRAFTS Committee.
Our Local Community Support:
In addition to the financial contribution that goes to the Foundation as a result of the sale, we also support the work of local charities by donating a portion of our unsold items. In 2019 we were able to significantly impact the following organizations:
- Magic of Christmas
- Wood’s Home
- Peter Lougheed Hospital NICU
- Awo Ta’an Women’s Shelter
- Sonshine Shelter
- Women in Need
Please direct all queries to handcrafts@ujamaagrandmas.