I used to work at a wonderful import shop and cafe in Seattle called Travelers. This shop was legendary as a Capitol Hill staple, offering freshly-made traditional Chai and other teas, serving amazing Indian food and selling loose herbs and spices, Indian groceries, essential oils, incense and other ritual items, art, books, and a variety of Hindu and Buddhist treasures brought back from the owners' yearly journeys to India. Travelers was forced to vacate their beloved outpost in the first wave of gentrification, as the building was offered at double the rent to some hipster business. Fortunately, one of the owners, Allen, is a marvelous Indian chef, and it was decided that continuing as primarily a restaurant was the prudent response to losing their home of many years.
I visited Travelers' new location on Beacon Hill earlier this year for lunch and to say hi. Leon took me down into the basement where they have stored a lot of the merchandise that they were unable to sell before closing the shop, to see if I wanted any of the display items to use for craft shows. I found a box of dusty old stickers and broken jewelry in the process of digging through stuff (oh how I LOVE digging through people's basements for treasures!), and he insisted that I take the box, as they had no use for those items at all.
These magnets are made with what I believe to be vintage Om (Aum) stickers direct from India. They still smelled like incense as I was working with them. I blinged them up with some holographic silver glitter and glued on some very strong magnets. I am offering them in sets of 6. There are quite a few different color combinations, so you might not get the exact set pictured. I will try to mix them up so you don't get two of the same.
And for every set ordered, I promise to go back to Travelers and purchase a Chai or a box of incense to keep the love flowing. Your purchase is helping me to build a dream I've had most of my life, to create an arts academy and retreat center so people can spend time out in the forest doing yoga, painting, sharing poetry, learning new skills. Thank you for supporting this vision. And if/when you're in Seattle, do go eat at Travelers Thali House. Best Indian Food in town, hands-down. Aum!