Ezistock is a company that promotes talented artisans in Thailand to the rest of the world. These artisans produce eco-friendly goods and artifacts using techniques that preserve local artistic traditions and cultures and bring those authentic pieces into your own home to enjoy. Ezistock is committed to not only helping to preserve the crafts of these artisans, but also to advancing fair labor practices in Thailand as well as sustainability practices.
I was recently contacted by the company and had the opportunity to shop with them and report back on my experience. I thought that they had a nice variety of really beautiful pieces in a wide range of prices to accommodate most any budget. They have everything from small trinkets to exquisite pieces of art.
I opted to shop for some jewelry for myself, as I rarely have time to shop for such things. I decided on a fair trade necklace with pearls, smoky quartz and glass beads. It came beautifully packaged in a decorative box, and looked absolutely beautiful when it was opened. I have been very impressed with the quality of the piece and the overall look. I think it was a very good buy at $44.59.
One other thing I absolutely love about the necklace is that Ezistock told me exactly who made it! From their site, “This product was designed and handcrafted by Sirada Chongsukwarakul. She was born and grew up in Chiang Mai. She is married and has a young daughter. She has a passion for flower arrangements and jewelry making. She draws inspiration from nature, beautiful flowers and crafts her jewelry accordingly. She works from home in Chiang Mai.” Ezistock even has a picture of this artisan on the site. This makes me feel so much more connected to the piece, and I absolutely LOVE knowing that this purchase has helped support another mother working from home, just as I work from home. I am very pleased with what I received and with all the great information that Ezistock.com supplied about the artisan who made it. It really does make this piece of jewelry much more special to me.
I do have a few suggestions for improvement, though. The shipping charges for larger and more fragile items (pots and vases, for example) are extremely high. No doubt the charge is true to the cost to ship something like that to the opposite side of the world (products are shipped to the buyer directly from Thailand). But I think buyers will be a bit turned off by the added expense. Perhaps having a distribution center in the United States would be ideal, as shipping prices could be reduced, as well as the time frame for receiving a purchase. The current 3-4 week turnaround might not be realistic given time constraints people might have when shopping for gifts. I will say that my necklace actually showed up in 12 days, which was much sooner than expected, though. But it is my understanding that you need to be prepared for it to take 3-4 weeks before your order arrives.
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