Peru 2017: The Story Behind the Collection

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When we booked our Peru 2017 tour, I figured it was a once in a lifetime event to acquire product for Shabby Alpaca. I wanted to go with my mom as it has been on her bucket list for a long time and for me- that was about it. I didn’t have huge expectations.

I have traveled before and while I do love it, I have 3 young kids and it isn’t feasible to make multiple trips out of the country.

However, it was immediately clear when we got to Peru that this trip would not be our last.

As we began to meet makers

 

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And see the beautiful cities, villages and towns of Peru

 

 

 

We knew: we would be back again.

Each stop we made (Arequipa, Puno, Lima, Cuzco, Macchu Picchu) helped us fall in love a little bit more with this beautiful country.

Not only did we fall in love with Peru, but we fell in love with the people and we discovered something new about ourselves and our business.

We love selling alpaca products and we always have. Through our years in this business (13 for Chris G. and 3 for us together), we have come to see that what we love is bringing a product to market that is unique and brings joy to people. Alpaca fits the bill on both qualities!  Together, through alpaca product distributors working in Peru, we’ve curated beautiful things together.

But there is something SO MUCH MORE to hand curating goods. There is something so amazing about meeting makers. There is something so life giving about personally supporting someone who runs a small market stall.

Holding the products in our hands and meeting the people that created them….it was FUN.

It was so awesome to think about you guys while we were there and wonder together if you would love something as much as we did. As we held goods in our hands, we thought mostly of you. The customers who have made this business a success for us. We imagined you seeing the products for the first time and your delight at holding the soft goods we discovered.

It was shocking to see how many more products are available to us than we would have ever known about. There’s no way for me to describe the sheer volume of available goods. Every corner was something new.

So, we curated and we curated and we are so proud and excited. (Seriously! Giddy!) to present our Peru 2017 Collection.

Hopefully, this is the first of many beautiful collections we will bring to you, but without further ado….

We would LOVE for you to share this collection with someone who would love it, too.

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