Cosmic Bazaar birthed into being in May/June 2017. It was initially the brain child of two dreamers, two vagabond souls who wanted to create something new, something different, that we could invest our time and energy into, and that could in turn help others. We couldn’t stand the thought of investing our energy into the dreams and schemes of others - we wanted something of our own.
And so Cosmic Bazaar was born. Quickly transforming into more than just 2 people, it evolved into collection of friends, family and healers - creating a platform to sell natural, conscious, holistic and healthy products. From the beginning, our goal was to bring sustainable, earth friendly, animal friendly, plant friendly products to the world, at affordable & accessible prices.
Cosmic Bazaar started in the lounge of the house we stayed in at the time (in Mowbray, Cape Town), not a garage like many other businesses. We stored products in our lounge and kitchen shelving, all whilst living with a few other housemates. This proved difficult.
We did our first market in the beginning of June 2017, bringing a new dream into reality. It was very spontaneous of us, and we sort of just winged it - who knew it would would turn into what it has become today. The first market we did was a second hand market at the Obs Community Hall. Cosmic Bazaar didn't have the extensive range it had today, it was pretty much just our Canna Salve, incense, a few crystals, some second hand clothes, smudge sticks, and a few second hand items we got from a charity shop. Not too bad for our first market. Well, that first market will always go down in history as a momentous day. We had a lot of fun and we did really well, making a few thousand rand that day! Showing us this dream of ours really had potential to be something big! At that point we didn't even have the name Cosmic Bazaar. Only in the weeks after did the name emerge.
A few weeks later...we did Grahamstown Art Fest - an 11 day festival in the Eastern Cape. Our range expanded into so much more - with lots of help from family and friends! Kombucha, crystals healing creams, more incense, more crystals, salt lamps, jewellery, honey, indigenous herbs, and an assortment of clothes and trinkets. We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into, but those 11 days put us on the path to becoming a 'proper business' and really proved that we had what it takes to do anything.
As they say, the rest is history, there is a lot more to say on how we go to where we are today. But we'll leave that for another time.
To end off, here is our "about us" we had back in the day - still touches our hearts :)
"Cosmic Bazaar is our freedom. Developing this platform for our creation has been the doorway to our liberation!
Our ethos as a company is to be as environmentally friendly and conscious as possible – this entails sourcing all of our products ethically and ensuring that everything in our store is 100% natural and sustainably produced. When possible, we source our products from our local community or within South Africa, thereby supporting our fellow brothers and sisters.
The purpose of this platform is to provide a space for creators, such as ourselves, who have products to sell, but may not have the means or time to develop their own web-stores, or to travel to markets on a weekly basis. As owners of this small business we know each and every one of our suppliers personally and have intimate knowledge of the sourcing and production processes. Many of our products are made by our family and friends, and most of them are homemade. We use each and every one of our products ourselves, and only sell things we are passionate about.
Another very important part of our ethos is our fundamental belief in the deep connection between all life on our beautiful planet Earth. We see and recognise this connection in everything and everyone we encounter, and we aim to honour this in all of our business practices. It is for this reason that we aim to give back as much as possible, and we are currently involved in several community upliftment initiatives and our company is supporting families in need throughout South Africa. Although our reach is small at present, we plan to grow these involvements in alignment with the growth of our company. We have incredible vision for our company and for its involvement in changing the lives of many of our Rastafarian brothers and sisters throughout SA, and we hope to extend our aid into many other communities in the future.
We want to thank both Mother Earth and Father Sky for all that they have done for us. We’d also like to thank all of our incredible friends and family members who have supported us in the most incredible ways. Our travels throughout SA, to several markets and festivals have connected us to the most incredible souls all over our beautiful country, and the network we’ve developed is better described as a family than anything else. We’re both really proud of what we have achieved since our humble beginnings in June 2017, and we look forward to a bright and exciting future.
Thank you again for all of your support!
We love you!
Earth loves you!
And Great Spirit does too!
Love, peace and light,
The Cosmic Clan."