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Behind the Shop

About My Sanctuary Shop

My Sanctuary Shop is a social enterprise online marketplace based in the suburbs of Chicago. We’ve thoughtfully curated a shop filled with unique, handmade, and fair trade items made by artisans locally and globally, and are happy to be your refuge from big box shopping.

 It is our mission to connect consumers with the makers of their products by sharing the stories behind the product. With each item you purchase from My Sanctuary Shop comes a postcard with information about the maker, how it was produced, and communities where the product was made.

 All items in the shop are sustainably-sourced.  We aim to minimize our environmental impact in all areas of our business from office supplies, marketing materials, and shipping and packing materials. We make eco-friendly and sustainable the standard, not the exception.


My Sanctuary Shop was founded by Katie Durbin, a licensed social worker with two young children at home. After years of trying to balancing her demanding career with her responsibilities at home, she quit her job to pursue a career path that combines her passions for supporting creative projects and helping people. That's how My Sanctuary Shop was born. Through this work, Katie is able to better harmonize a balance between home and work life. Her mission is to thoughtfully curate a shop that carries unique products that support small businesses, creative artists, and meaningful causes.

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