Our number of sales, employees, and product range have all grown continuously since our establishment in 1994.
We employ over 30 staff in full- time positions, and a further 170 employees through our “share-time” initiative.
We are part of the top 10 manufacturers and suppliers of African curios to tourism-centred retail organisations in Africa.
We serve over 1 000 wholesale and corporate gift customers around the world. Many of our retail clients have been purchasing and selling our products, which constitute a major component of their product offering, for over 20 years.
We offer over 600 products - all of which are designed, hand-cast and hand-painted by our artists - that encapsulate the spirit of Africa. We continue to innovate and create, producing new designs or tailoring designs for our customers.
We are a licensee and contributor to the
Mandela School Library Project and Literacy Program. Our core staff has meaningful ownership in our business, with profits being focused on their continued education and community.
In 2018, Carol purchased one of the longest standing and most reputable decoupage egg suppliers to the African curio market. After a year of re-engineering the design and production process, Carol and the long-standing manager of the decoupage egg business, Sagren, created a new business division flying alongside Gala Star.
Gala Star is now the largest purchaser of ostrich eggs in South Africa and creates a sustainable income for ostrich farmers in the Muldersdrift region. The acquisition of the decoupage ostrich egg business has created more income opportunities in the area with increased rates of employment.
Gala Star is committed to using real, authentic ostrich eggs, and avoids manufacturing eggs out of plastic or resin. All eggs are correctly treated for export and adhere to the highest quality standards.
Gala Star has traditionally sold its creations through a network of “curio” and tourist-based shops throughout Africa, as well as a growing corporate gift market. Carol has been working with Richard, her son, and their business partner Shaun, to find the best way to meet the demands of individuals outside of South Africa who would like to purchase these beautiful pieces of African art and décor.
After some testing with an Etsy store as well as a mini online shop for Unique Themed Chess Sets, Gala Star, along with Richard and Shaun, have launched Amazing Africa Gifts with the view of creating an online African gift, decor, curio and art megastore wherein Gala Star, and subsequently other artisans and craftspeople, can make their beautiful African themed gifts, decor, art and curios available to the world.
Here at Gala Star, we value each and every one of our clients. Some of our clients are small, family-owned retail outlets that purchase only a small range of gifts every few months, right up to huge airport duty-free shops which spend hundreds of thousands on our products every month. Our team holds every client in high regard, and we would love to talk to you about how we can help you grow your revenue by working with us and selling our beautiful products.
For clients outside of South Africa, we collaborate with you in finding the right logistical solutions to get our products to you timeously and at the lowest possible cost. Many of our of clients - such as zoos and entertainment parks - love our range of products because they can be tailored and branded, especially our range of animal board games, gifts and decor which are sold throughout the United States of America and Europe.
We look forward to working with you to spread our love of Africa, its wildife and its people around the world, by helping you sell beautiful, high-quality products to your customers.
If you want to buy any of our products as a retail client, please visit www.amazingafrica.online to view our range, or buy the perfect gift for a loved one, or a treat for yourself!