There were hand-woven purses, anti-slavery jewelry, fair-trade tea, luggage tags, passport holders, live music, wine to try and olive oil to taste.
All Chris Peña and Kristen Bowen needed were people to show up, preferably with a few bucks to burn for a good cause.
Peña and Bowen, representatives for the local organization Lending a Hand, were overseeing what they believed to be Fort Waynes first ever cash mob Sunday at the downtown Creative Women of the World shop.
A cash mob is an activity designed to get people into a local store and business where they will spend money.
Lending a Hands mission is to find ways to give back and help dozens of area businesses support the organizations 17 partner charities, according to the groups website.
Its been a good turnout so far, said Peña, an intern with Lending a Hand, early Sunday afternoon. Thereve been about 20 customers. Were just waiting for the churches to get out. Were hoping for about 100 people to come in.
Creative Women of the World is a nonprofit founded about a year and a half ago by Lorelei VerLee.
VerLees goal is to inspire creative business and marketing solutions for women in poverty. Part of doing that is giving a place for creative goods made by those women to be sold.
A portion of Sundays proceeds were also to go to Charis House, a non-profit for women and children experiencing homelessness.
The interesting thing is that we have one non-profit helping another non-profit, said VerLee of Sundays event.
Sundays cash mob, held on National Cash Mob Day, is not a one-time deal, the reps from Lending a Hand said.
Thought to have been created in New York a few years ago, cash mobs have been sprouting up in many states recently.
Peña and Bowen hope other mobs could follow.
We want this to be one of many, Peña said.