"Gadabout" is an old English word that roughly translates to "one who travels for pleasure." Gadabout Goods was founded by Bibi, an inveterate gadabout.
Running a fair trade import business was always a dream for Bibi, who lived and traveled around the world since childhood. Meeting people from the most diverse backgrounds and interests opened her eyes to how diverse, yet similar we all are!
Bringing home goods made by the amazingly creative people she met abroad carried those travels into her everyday life in a tangible, lasting way. Developing friendships with artisans exposed her to the horribly undervalued conditions many of them live in. And the dream of a shop that provided them a broader artistic platform grew.
Bibi found the strongest connections in stops along the ancient Silk Road, and chose to live and travel there year after year. Finally, after working in jobs around the world, saving up money and time for Silk Road adventures and artisan treasure hunts, she decided to make her dream a reality.
Moving to Austin, she bought Sheila, the Truck, and started this website. When you support Gadabout Goods, you are supporting a network of artists and entrepreneurs around the world living their dreams of artistic freedom and financial independence!