Artisan crafts can spruce up anything from average human living rooms to drab wolf dens, as evidenced by the hand-crafted 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, located on South Phillips Avenue in downtown Sioux Falls.
Working with artisans in developing countries who would otherwise be underemployed, Ten Thousand Villages supplies handicraft lovers with hand-crafted jewelry, home décor, accessories, and gifts from Latin America, Africa, 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, $24), 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 Father's Day, Secretary's Day, or Father's Secretary's Day.
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 more than 35 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.
This deal is valid for in-store purchases only.
Ten Thousand Villages won the 2005 People's Choice Award for Green Business of the Year. Though there aren't many reviews for the Sioux Falls location, four Citysearchers in Atlanta give it an average 4.5-star rating, and Yelpers in Pasadena give it a five stars:
- The People’s Choice Award for Green Business of the Year is designed to honor the work of socially and environmentally responsible businesses, highlight how businesses can commit to products and practices that contribute to the health and well-being of people, workers, communities and the environment, and challenge corporate America to do the same. – Green America Today
- Ten Thousand Villages fulfills their mission to sell only goods purchased directly from artisans, and paying them fairly for it. – Ryan Sims, Citysearch