Umba Box Review – December 2013

Umba Box Review - December 2013

So, I may have taken advantage of some the Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals and subscribed to one...or a few boxes. I hope you did too, because there were some great deals being offered. One of the boxes I decided to go for was this one, Umba Box. I know, I know, I haven’t had the best experience with this box, but the deal was good. I got 50% off the Discover Box, which ended up costing me just under $20 including shipping. If you’re interested you can read my other Umba Box reviews here.

Umba Box delivers monthly boxes of curated handmade goods.

"We scour the handmade community to find the freshest handmade goods from a wide variety of categories including home goods, women's accessories, jewelry, stationery, and bath products. Umba Box allows artists in both the US and around the world to earn a living wage. By subscribing to Umba Box you join a movement of individuals dedicated to making ethical purchasing decisions."

Umba has two boxes: Discover Box and Delight Box.

Discover Box: $34 monthly ($25/month + $9 shipping CDN). $30 monthly ($25/month + $5 shipping US).
Delight Box: $62 monthly ($49/month + $13 shipping CDN). $56 monthly ($49/month + $7 shipping US).

Prices and shipping vary with 3, 6 and 12 month subscriptions. When viewing the prices on the site make sure you’re looking at prices for your country. At the bottom of the pricing page you’ll see if it’s for US or Canadian prices. Just thought you should know.

Inside the Discover Box:

Marquet - Free Weave Scarf

Marquet - Free Weave Scarf

A Hand Dyed and Woven by the Ton Fai collective in Northern Thailand. Marquet is a fair trade company distributing only the most interesting and highest quality décor, clothing and accessory items on the international market. Buying handmade goods, Marquet emphasizes the creativity of artisans and entrepreneurs in developing countries. Through their unique working relationship they explore and celebrate artisans' cultural heritage and are mindful of the traditions and needs of their producers.

World Finds Wrap Bracelet

World Finds Wrap Bracelet

A single strand of metallic cube-shaped beads in gold, silver, and gunmetal is bordered by black leather cording. An adjustable silver button closure allows it to wrap around multiple times and fit most wrists. Handmade by low-income women artisans in India, who are improving their lives through their work in a women’s cooperative.

I’m all for supporting Fair Trade organizations and it’s nice discovering and learning the story of how the scarf and bracelet were made. I was pleasantly surprised of the quality and happy I received them before Christmas, because they will make great gifts. I feel I got my money’s worth this time because of the discount, but I don’t think I’d subscribe at regular price, but that’s just me.

Have you subscribed to Umba Box? What do you think of this subscription box?

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