37. Support WFTDay with Ten Thousand Villages

World Fair Trade Day (WFTDay) happens annually on the second Saturday in May. It is an initiative of the World Fair Trade Organization and is being supported by thousands of citizens, Fair Trade Organizations, social and environmental movements, producers and consumers all around the planet.

Ten Thousand Villages in Old Town Square is the perfect place to go this Saturday to support the movement. Upon entering the store you’ll receive a raffle ticket good for a 10, 20, or 30% discount in the store. The catch is that you’ll need to find one of the many facts placed around the store to help educate visitors more about Fair Trade. The store is full of a beautiful collection of handicrafts, artwork, baskets, bags, jewelry, and more.

Make sure you spend some time talking to the staff. They’ll be able to tell you the unique story behind many of the items you’re looking at. For example, I saw these really unique, metal carvings on the wall. I would never have guessed that they were created from steel 55 gallon barrels. Chances are you’ll also be talking to one of the many volunteers who help run the store.

Ten Thousand Villages is a non-profit retail store run by both paid staff and volunteers. After talking to Wendy, the manager of the FC store, I was amazed to hear that over 150 local volunteers contribute their time and energy to run the store.

Here’s a list of other businesses who offer fairly traded items in old town:

  • Bean Cycle Coffee Shop
  • Green Logic
  • Happy Lucky’s Tea House and Treasures
  • Mugs Coffeehouse
  • Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream
  • Kathandu
  • Old Firehouse Books
  • Food Co-op
  • The Cupboard

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