Wednesday, October 1, 2008

How to Avoid Paying Excess Baggage When Flying

Start your own import business, of course!

Sharon and Ryan are two South Africans living in London, and found they were paying excess baggage fees every time they flew back from trips to South Africa. They just couldn't find the unique goods that they wanted in the UK. So, they decided to import what they wanted for themselves and other people who love goodies from the sunny Southern shores. Hence Urban Africa was born.

They have all sorts of fantastic things, from things for your home, yourself, and for your friends. Some of my favourites are the seagrass candle, kiddies' tshirts (this one is emblazoned with the label of a well known South African milk-based drink), wooden bowl (can't you imagine this on your dining table!?) and a range of glorious Rooibos products. (For those unfamiliar with Rooibos, it is a tea bush that grows in the Cape area of South Africa, which obviously makes tea, a delicious, earthy red tea- rooi bos is literally red bush- but also can be used in other natural products.)

A particular page on their website looks quite promising... it is entirely devoted to African Christmas decorations. My Christmas tree is decorated mostly in these decorations every year, so I'm glad to see it is available. You could add that extra magic to your festivities with angels, wire balls or beaded tealight candle holders.

And, of course, the thing that floats my boat the most, is that Urban Africa is also about giving back to the South African community. You can more about the people and projects that Urban Africa is involved with, and supports here.

The only snag I see is that as Urban Africa is quite new, they only sell in the UK at present. However, with such a great selection of goods I'm sure it won't be long before the business is up and running and exporting worldwide. So head on over there to see what lovely things you can get your hands on. There is also a competition to win some of things I featured today, so who knows? You might be lucky.


Mzansi Madame (lady from the South) said...

I will check them out. Feel the same as they do and am starting the same in Norway. Nice post with pics.

Kim Gray said...

Nice Post!Great so See S.A. shops sprouting up all over the globe! ;)