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Thirld World Bazaar





The Third World Bazaar is a family business that purchases products from around the developing world and sells directly to consumers in the Ottawa area. We operate a Bazaar over a six week period where our products are sold in a large barn, with a festive atmosphere. We bring to our customers a wide range of exotic and interesting home décor, garden, musical instruments, art, furniture, and a wide range of other products.

The Third World Bazaar is a family operated business, run by Peggy & Dick Bakker, together with their children; Case and Anneka. Up to 2003, the business had been operated in the Kingston area by Paul and Evelyn Gervan (Peggy's brother). The new owners have carried on a similar business model of direct purchasing and direct retailing. Peggy and Dick are continuing to purchase from many of the same Artisans Paul and Evelyn had supported. The business is now situated next to Bakker's General Store which is operated by Henry Bakker (Dick's brother). Yes, lots of family involved here!


Business Practices of the Third World Bazaar

The Third World Bazaar is a family business that purchases products from around the developing world and sells directly to consumers in the Ottawa area. We operate a Bazaar over a six week period where our products are sold in a large barn, with a festive atmosphere. We bring to our customers a wide range of exotic and interesting home décor, garden, musical instruments, art, furniture, and a wide range of other products.

We buy the majority of our products directly from the Artisans and Craftsmen in the source country. We try to maintain very low operational costs; for example we handle all shipping and transportation ourselves; wherever possible we reuse packaging and integrate old materials into our operation. This is a barn we are operating from!

This allows us to pay fair prices to the producers, buy in reasonable volume, maintain product variety and remove the various middlemen. Core to our business success is maintaining a good relationship with our suppliers, paying them a good, fair rate and providing advice on changing trends in Canada. Many of our suppliers have been selling to the Third World Bazaar for over 20 years. This form of commerce is often called "Fair Trade".

The Third World Bazaar is a family operated business, run by Peggy & Dick Bakker, together with their children; Case and Anneka. Up to 2003, the business had been operated in the Kingston area by Paul and Evelyn Gervan (Peggy's brother). The new owners have carried on a similar business model of direct purchasing and direct retailing. Peggy and Dick are continuing to purchase from many of the same Artisans Paul and Evelyn had supported. The business is now situated next to Bakker's General Store which is operated by Henry Bakker (Dick's brother). Yes, lots of family involved here!

Over the past five years the Bakker family has traveled to, and purchased directly from producers, in Vietnam, Bangladesh, Namibia, South Africa, Kenya, Guatemala, Indonesia, Cuba and Thailand. We also supplement our inventory with purchases from wholesalers who travel to other countries. Where possible we attempt to buy from importers with similar business practices. We also source certain craft items from Canadian producers directly.

During our travels we attempt to source products that reflect our interest in culture, craftsmanship and history. The world is a varied and interesting place with many different things to offer; we hope you can find something that reflects your interests as well, at the Third World Bazaar.


Directions From Ottawa 


• Take Riverside Drive South towards Manotick;

• Riverside Drive becomes Limebank Road after Hunt Club, just past the airport;

• Travel 10 kilometers south, turn left on to Mitch Owens Drive at St. Marks High School;

• After 2 kilometers you will arrive at Bakker's General Store & the home of the Third World Bazaar in Manotick Station.


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  • Sara

    I can't get transport for tomorrow so have changed my RSVP to "decline"

    November 22, 2013

  • Victor

    BTW, here is a European deli on Manotick station, across where the bazaar is.

    November 22, 2013

    • Ghassan

      Well, let's go have lunch there afterwards :)

      November 22, 2013

    • Victor

      Actually it is just a deli, no dinning room. But can go to Manotick. There is also Christmas Bazaar at the Mill

      November 22, 2013

  • Gabi

    Hello Everybody,

    Since there is no option to RSVP as "maybe", I committed by clicking "yes".
    Would anyone be willing to help with the transportation?I do no have a car but I am willing to pay for the gas. I live in Westboro.

    Hoping and smiling :-)

    November 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Gabriela, I'd like to go and am in the neighbourhood. You are welcome to email me and let me know where you are. (In case you have not used the meetup email before, you can email me directly from my profile - click on my picture, then click on the envelope sign - the email will open there) Looking forward to hearing from you. Cheers!

      November 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This looks really fun, but we'll be in NY for Thanksgiving. Enjoy yourselves!

    November 17, 2013

  • Sara

    Like Shirley-Ann, I don't have a car but am very happy to share the cost of gas. I live in Centretown.

    November 17, 2013

  • Victor

    Thanks Ghassan for posting this!
    If someone is looking to decorate a place the market has a variety for any taste to add exotic touch. Got myself few items.
    See you there!

    November 15, 2013

  • Shirley-Ann

    Hello, I would love to attend, but for this occasion, I think a car ride would be necessary. I would be happy to share gas cost with other members attending this event. I live in Gatineau, but would be able to meet downtown Ottawa... Thank you for your understanding.

    November 15, 2013

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  • Ghassan
    Co-Organizer,
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  • Victor
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