Villages Goods

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  • Fair Trade Goods,
  • Handicrafts,
  • #shoplocalonline,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
10432 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2A2
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Talk about being ahead of the times. Decades before fair trade became a trendy buzz phrase, Ten Thousand Villages had been practicing that form of commercial exchange, dealing with independent artisans from developing countries and making their wares available in North America.

“It took quite a while for it to be called fair trade,” said Roberta Taylor, manager of the Edmonton location of Ten Thousand Villages, one of 37 stores across Canada. “One of the big things was the recognition of inequality; that larger growth in difference between the extremely rich and the extremely poor.”

It was a gap that was recognized as early as 1946, when a Kansas-based Mennonite volunteer started selling wares made by artisans in Puerto Rico out of the trunk of her car. Over the years, the suppliers grew internationally and so did her Ten Thousand Villages operation. After forming a partnership with the Mennonite Central Committee, the company sold more than $25 million in goods annually by 2008. It now has more than 100 stores across North America selling products from artisans in 35 countries.

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Exercise your purchasing power: Fair trade shops in Edmonton

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The shelves and display cases at this shop are always full of intricately made pieces of jewellery, home décor, hand carved wooden boxes and many other items from around the world. As the oldest and largest fair trade organization in North America — it was created in 1946 — the shop is a great bet for incredibly unique products crafted by artisans in developing worlds through fair trade relationships.

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Ten Thousand Villages comes with an amazing story and a remarkable product line. It’s the oldest fair trade organization in North America and its products are made by artisans in developing countries. There are cards, crafts and home decor that you know is unique because it was made by hand, a world away. Your gift purchase directly benefits those far off craftspeople and can’t help but make you feel good, too

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This store, located on Whyte Avenue, sells handmade fair trade items, such as jewellery, scarves, books, coffee, glassware and holiday ornaments. Artisans from 35 different countries contribute their talents to everything you’ll find in this shop. Their Christmas ornaments, in particular, are breathtaking and make beautiful gifts.

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