A Global Shopping Adventure Awaits

Posted June 19, 2015

It’s a warm afternoon and everything seems to be a blur of the same old sights and sounds.  You need an escape.  So you duck into a store with a red city on the sign.  Your world is suddenly transformed.  What is this place with all the bright colors and global textures?

You’ve just entered Ten Thousand Villages—a fair trade retailer since 1946.  If everything looks authentically handcrafted and global, that’s because it is.  We are 100% committed to doing good.  Every item in our store supports a fair and consistent wage for someone in the developing world, and we pride ourselves in providing items made from natural or recycled materials.


Some of our most popular pieces are…

The Sari Shop Slouchy Bag - This bag has it all: bright colors, soft textures, unique stitching, and a shape large enough to carry all of your things and more.  Real Bangladeshi sari material is stitched together in the Kantha traditional fashion, preserving cultural crafting techniques and heritage.  And because it’s made from real saris, every bag is one-of-a-kind.


Mouse Cheese Knife - Simple enough to match any décor, yet unique enough to spark conversation, this playful cheese knife is handmade in India.  High-quality stainless steel is dishwasher safe, produced by the skilled makers in Moradabad, India.  This cheese knife is a perfect, inexpensive hostess gift that can be presented with a cheese platter and bottle of wine.


Sky Flight Basket - Basket weaving is an important tradition in Uganda.  And because baskets can be made inside the home, it is an ideal craft for young mothers, who can work quietly while they watch over their sleeping children.  Natural raffia fiber or banana leaves grow nearby the maker’s house, and after some training, women are able to produce stunning, high-quality baskets with colorful patterns such as this.


What is that red city on the logo?

  • If you look closely, you’ll see that all of the buildings are connected with a single, white line: representing the connectedness between ourselves and the makers of our products.
  • The white in the windows represents light shining through as artisans sit together in their homes.
  • And the red, hand-etched edge represents the materials of our products: global, and authentic.

What is fair trade?

Fair trade is a commitment to ethical sourcing.  It’s not a charity donation, but rather a long-term solution-- improving the lives of marginalized people through consistent and meaningful work.  Fair trade is a fight against child labor, sweatshops, and poverty.


The goal is to provide people with the tools they need to become self-sufficient.  We work with more than 100 independently-operating artisan groups around the world, supporting them through our orders and providing guidance on marketing and design to best suit our Western marketplace.


Come on by!

Come visit us at 87 Church Street to experience your own global shopping adventure.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

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