Artisan crafts can spruce up anything from average human living rooms to drab wolf dens, as evidenced by the handcrafted batiks draped over Teen Wolf posters in every American home. For $10, today's deal gets you $20 worth of fair-trade goods at Ten Thousand Villages of Nashville, located in Green Hills.
Working with artisans in developing countries who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed, Ten Thousand Villages supplies handicraft lovers with handcrafted jewelry, home décor, accessories, and gifts from Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, while paying artisans fair wages for their products. Support marginalized women in Bangladesh with YWCA Craft Centre's bright and goosy Super Duck backpack (Bangladesh, $18), which allows school children to strut confidently into second grade and medical malpractice lawyers to swagger into the courtroom with a duck on their backs. Socially conscious crafters can take home a hand-stitched measuring-tape cat (Vietnam, $8) from Mai Vietnamese Handicrafts, while frugal fashionistas can sport dancing-girl earrings made from recycled soda cans by KICK Trading Ltd. (Kenya, $12) or a marbled bead choker from TARA Projects (India, $16). Fair-trade staples, such as Equal Exchange coffee, tea, and chocolates, make tasty gifts for special events or any especially special days.
Ten Thousand Villages takes its inspiration from the menacing Indian hockey forward Mahatma Gandhi, who said, "India is not to be found in a few cities, but in the 700,000 villages." As one of the founding members of the World Fair Trade Organization, Ten Thousand Villages empowers artisan groups from 38 countries with fair wages and long-term buying relationships. Every purchase helps pay for food, education, and healthcare for those who handcrafted Ten Thousand Villages' products, fostering a positive partnership between artist and consumer.
3900 Hillsboro Pike
Nashville, Tennessee 37215