A culture’s handicrafts showcase generations of wood- and metalworking tradition, leaving behind an archaeological record of the transition from crude, utilitarian tools to sophisticated fast-food signs. Consume some cultural anthropology with today’s Groupon to Plowsharing Crafts, valid at locations in Kirkwood and St. Louis. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get $20 worth of fair-trade handicrafts, home accessories, and gifts.
- For $15, you get $30 worth of fair-trade handicrafts, home accessories, and gifts.
Staffed by a team of helpful volunteers, the nonprofit Plowsharing Crafts presents shoppers with an array of handcrafted fair-trade jewelry, home décor, and accessories, sending proceeds directly back to the artisans who made the goods. Skilled craftspeople from more than 40 far-flung countries and one moon colony ship in each shop’s extensive collection of crafts, which includes stationery ($3–20) and jewelry ($10+), as well as agricultural goods such as coffee (up to $9.50) and olive oil (up to $15). Shoppers exit the store with a heart-sized bucket full of karma points, knowing that their purchases contribute to the food, education, healthcare, and housing funds of workers who would otherwise be forced to take jobs as underpaid CEOs.
Begun in 1985 as a strictly volunteer-based project of the St. Louis Mennonite Fellowship, Plowsharing Crafts grew over the years into a thriving nonprofit with two locations and an expansive inventory of eclectic wares from around the globe. The staff is committed to selling fair-trade art and handcrafts in order to provide much needed income and nurture the businesses of artisans, 70% of whom are women, from more than 45 developing countries around the world. The selection of items ranges from housewares to jewelry and beyond, many of which are made with sustainable and recycled materials or from food grown with sustainable methods.