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Orlando, FL 327972

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Market Colors is an online store and nonprofit organization. Our team collaborates with craftsmen in Africa and India to create handmade products that will sell well throughout the world. We exist to equip African men and women with a sustainable income, generated through the sale of their products.

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Gifts For The Whole Family!

Lizzie Wirgau

With Christmas fast approaching, as we discussed in our last blog, now is the time to purchase those final gifts. Market Colors has the best supporters! JP and Teresa Pratt decided to purchase gifts from Market Colors for all their family members! We are so encouraged by JP and Teresa's support. You may also know Teresa as being one of our Market Colors product models. We checked in with the Pratts to hear the whole store:

Lizzie: Why did you want to buy Christmas gifts from Market Colors this year? Teresa: I think Market Colors is an amazing nonprofit. My husband, JP, and I wanted to spread the word about something we believe in, and we thought it would be more meaningful than just buying the next consumer product on someone's list.

Lizzie: Which Market Colors gift are you most looking forward to giving? Teresa: My brother just got married in September and I think the gift I'm most excited to give is to Elizabeth, my brand new sister-in-law. We bought her the Metallic Chevron Clutch. She is going to love it! I honestly think everyone will love their gifts from Market Colors for both the meaning behind the gift and as well as the practicality and attractiveness.

Lizzie: Does giving gifts made by our Market Colors craftsmen make you extra excited to give gifts this year? Teresa: Absolutely. It gives a personal aspect behind the creation of the product, as well as the purchase. It makes it feel like we bought it from a friend, in a way. We LOVE Market Colors!

Visit our store to purchase your Christmas gifts from Market Colors: store.marketcolors.org

Teresa with her Market Colors gifts

12 Days Of Christmas

Lizzie Wirgau

by Lizzie Wirgau I love Christmas SO much. I love everything about it... family time, delicious food, snow (back in my Michigan days), evergreens, lights, Elf and Christmas Vacation, gift-giving (and some receiving too!), holiday cups at Starbucks, mall decorations, the NSync Christmas album, traditions, candlelight church services, Christmas countdowns, and, most importantly, celebrating the birth of our Savior! And, I'd like to think that as a tribute to my crazy love of all-things-Christmas, Jesus let me be born on Christmas! That's right folks, it's possible - I was born on December 25th.

Due to my deep adoration for Christmastime, I start to get a touch sad as we get closer and closer to Christmas with the anticipation that this time of year will soon be coming to an end. And, as Christmas is the busiest time of year for our team here at Market Colors (lots of charitable gift-giving happening!) we also don't want it to end! So we thought, let's stretch it out a bit and start the celebrations early. We are now on Day 6 for our 12 Days of Christmas Free Giveaways. All you have to do is "like" our page on Facebook or "follow" us on Instagram (@marketcolors) and then share/repost today's contest picture! We draw a name at the end of each day. May the odds be ever in your favor!

 

Interns: Robyn & Lindsay

Lizzie Wirgau

by Lizzie Wirgau The full Market Colors store has been live for about 7 weeks now. We've been incredibly blessed with a great number of product orders, selling out of some products, a new group of craftsmen (more about that soon), interviews with the press, and, most importantly, the capacity to increase the demand for work from our craftsmen in Africa!

With all our new business, it became very clear we needed more interns... fast! As I shared in the last intern post, I'm naturally very protective over Market Colors and I understand the importance of carefully selecting staff. After plenty of prayers, meetings, and brainstorming, Robyn and Lindsay have joined our Market Colors team as interns!

 

ROBYN

Robyn graduated from UCF in May with a degree in Advertising/Public Relations. She specifically has a passion for non-profit marketing/public relations. In addition to all things related to social media, she enjoys music, traveling, cinnamon, antiquing, oversized knit sweaters, and "pretty much everything else your grandma loves" -- her words, not mine. Robyn writes, "I am honored to be able to participate in the work that Market Colors is doing and am excited to use my passions and interests for an organization I believe in so much." Robyn is our Social Media Intern so if you read anything clever or see any awesome Instagram pics, she is the one to thank!

 

LINDSAY (and Thunder!)

Lindsay graduated from Rollins College in August with a degree in International Relations and a minor in Business. Throughout college, Lindsay traveled to Russia many times to help with the orphan crisis. Her mission trip to Haiti stirred up a passion for helping those in need. She writes, "I feel so blessed to be a part of an organization [Market Colors] that empowers African craftsmen to build a sustainable future for their families. I also love the amazing products that they make!" Lindsay is our PR Intern so her focus is on promoting our organization throughout the media. This is a huge need and Lindsay is doing an awesome job!

Next week: Christmas products are released! Find us on Facebook or Twitter to get all the updates.

Event Sponsors

Lizzie Wirgau

We are so grateful to have some incredible sponsors for our Product Launch & Benefit Show happening this Sunday night: 4Rivers, Hunter Vision, Real Thread, Newfashioned, and Embraced by Grace.  

4 Rivers

Ahhh, an Orlando favorite! 4 Rivers Smokehouse restaurants serve the famous Texas-style brisket and trimmings at three locations, in Winter Park, Winter Garden, and Longwood. They are committed to producing the highest level of quality products and providing superior service to their customers, which distinguishes the 4Rivers brand in the marketplace. www.4rsmokehouse.com

 

Hunter Vision

Dr. Joel Hunter is one of the leading ophthalmologists in the country to do 3D LASIK, the most advanced form of LASIK. Patients throughout Orlando and beyond have been the recipients of his professional expertise as well as his genuine caring attitude. http://huntervision.com/

 

Real Thread

Real Thread Apparel Printing Company designs and sells t-shirts, specializing in water-based and discharged inks. They are experts when it comes to custom designs, and are the creative brains behind many of our Market Colors shirts. http://realthread.com/

 

Newfashioned

Unique, affordable vintage clothing is what you’ll find at New Fashioned, an online store owned and operated by Rachel Ketterman of Orlando. A percentage of proceeds is given to organizations that help women and children who have been forced into sex slavery. http://www.etsy.com/people/newfashioned?ref=pr_profile

 

Embraced by Grace

An adoption and home study agency, Embraced by Grace is devoted to the ministry of placing adoptable children into permanent, Godly Christian homes. They serve adoptive parents and birthmothers through every step of the process. http://www.embracedbygrace.org/

 

 

 

 

Meet The Interns

Lizzie Wirgau

by Lizzie Wirgau

Market Colors is my baby. I love it, protect it, pray for it, watch it grow, photograph its milestones, and cut the crusts off its sandwiches. Okay, there isn’t a lot of actual sandwich cutting, but the bottom line is that I have invested my heart, soul, and many sleepless nights into developing Market Colors.

No one hands their baby over to a stranger. Mothers and fathers are careful about who they allow to look after their precious child. Call it extreme, but this is how I felt about selecting interns.

It seemed simple… Too much work? Not able to do it all alone? Get an intern! And while I knew that was where we were headed, it took time for me to actually decide when. It’s now the third week of June, and I am so grateful for our two new summer interns, Kailey and Dana! Based on their awesome work ethic, creative thinking, love for the Lord, and excellent taste in 90s music and organic snacks, they are the perfect additions to Market Colors.

KAILEY

Kailey is entering her senior year at UCF, pursuing a degree in International and Global Studies. Upon graduation, she will attend seminary for a Masters in Theology. Following that, she hopes to work with victims of human trafficking, teaching music and arts. She writes, “I am incredibly excited to help with Market Colors because it helps facilitate ways for African men and women to become skilled craftsmen, fighting poverty and encouraging sustainability!” Kailey’s main projects this summer are working on fundraising and planning our Market Colors benefit/launch show for early this fall! More info about that to come soon.

 

DANA

Dana is a marketing major at UCF. In March of 2011, she traveled to Malawi and came back with a passion for the people of Africa. She writes, “I love what Lizzie is doing with Market Colors and I’m so excited to become a part of the team. I'm hoping to contribute my marketing skills to help Market Colors develop throughout this summer.” Dana’s main projects are marketing and preparing all of our products for sale this fall! She is also extremely handy and actually LIKES putting together office furniture.

It's amazing to have two such gifted women join the Market Colors team. We'll be working hard all summer to get ready for our early fall launch! To stay updated, check back here and follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Noteworthy but Irrelevant: Rubber Bands

Lizzie Wirgau

 

By No Stretch of the Imagination… by Tiffanie Brunson

“What’s something that you’ve always wondered where it came from?” That’s the question I posed so eloquently to Michael Murray this week in preparation for this week’s blog. His answer was simply: “rubber bands… who thinks of that.” Well, Michael Murray and other readers, you’re about to find out.

In London on March 17, 1845 Stephen Perry of the rubber manufacturing company Messers Perry and Co. patented the first rubber band.  When Perry wanted an alternative way to bind paper and envelopes together, he used his creative genius to invent the rubber band.

Nowadays, rubber bands are used for purposes far beyond what Perry had intended. Whether they’re wrapped in cloth and used to tie hair into a pony or used for rubber band guns, this invention has made its mark on our day to day in a way no one could have anticipated…by no stretch of the imagination.