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A Taste of Tika

Welcome to our blog, A Taste of Tika! The blog documents day to day activities, trade shows, products and a taste of life here at Tika Imports in Northern California! 

Throwback to one of many gorgeous sunsets we got to enjoy from our OLD office. That’s right, you haven’t heard from us in a while because we’ve been busy moving into some new digs! We’re exhausted and excited and happy to be getting back into the usual Tika groove.

Come by the Tika booth and wish Julie a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

If you’re heading to Denver in search of antique beads... you’re in luck! Stop by Tika’s booth (#150) at the InterGem Show Sept 12th-15th to see our great collection of antique beads and so much more.

For more info visit our Show Schedule page


TGIF! May your weekend be as carefree as this kitten getting cozy in one of our singing bowls.

Like many people this past week, we have been following the news of catastrophic fires burning through the Amazon Rainforest.

For many years we have been working closely with our suppliers in Peru who handcraft our line of Shimmerwing Jewelry, and work to conserve butterfly habitat and reduce deforestation in this extremely bio-diverse part of the world.

It is understandable to feel helpless when destruction like this happens on such a large scale. We are compelled to find a way, however small, to make a difference and help the healing that is needed for our planet and the innocent lives impacted by such a tragic event.

If you too are looking for a way to contribute, please consider joining us in our fundraising efforts. From now through Thursday (August 29th) at midnight, all profits from the sale of ANY of Tika’s Shimmerwing products will be donated to a handful of organizations that are doing good work to help protect and preserve the “lungs of our planet”. We hope these tropical jewels of the jungle help serve as a reminder of the precious beauty and impermanence of life here on this planet.

We’ve been too busy to take pretty pictures for you because we’ve been planning and packing for Denver!
You’ll find us at the InterGem Show (
www.intergem.com) booth #150 from Sept 12th -15th.
We’re hoping to see some familiar faces along with all the new ones, stop by and say hi!

We all know how much fun it is to wear these thermo-sensitive Mirage Beads, but stringing them is just as enjoyable!
We’re creating new designs over here and had to share this behind-the-scenes color changing palette with you.

Cooking up some new goodies, coming your way soon!

We love this post from our local creative reuse center, Scrap Humboldt. 
Such a good visual reminder of how important it is not only to recycle, but to repair and reuse items as well! 

New Addition to The Sunday Souq!

Reposting this video series from our stories because it’s Plastic Free July.

Not only are these little beauties made from recycled materials, they make a very cute and reusable replacement for plastic bags! 

That’s right, we’re talking about plastic.

Tika is in the business of importing goods from around the world and shipping orders out to our customers, so plastic is an inevitable part of life here at the office. It is an incredibly useful material for packing, protecting and transporting the wide variety of objects we carry and we like to think of it as a “precious” material.

We are also very mindful of the negative impact plastics are having on the environment and we take many steps to reduce our consumption of single-use plastics. From re-using plastic bags and shipping materials to ongoing conversations with our suppliers about reducing unnecessary waste when sending goods to us, we are making adjustments all the time to help make Tika even more environmentally friendly.

Because this month is Plastic Free July, we have been inspired to revisit the conversation about ways in which we can continue to minimize our use of plastics.

How are you reducing single-use plastic in your daily life or in your work place? We would love to hear your ideas and suggestions, let’s help each work towards a plastic-free future!

Today’s mandala was inspired by the lovely post made by Kathy Klein @kathydanmala
“Our flag is red, white and blue, but our nation is a rainbow — red, yellow, brown, black and white — and we’re all precious in God’s sight.” - Jesse Jackson