I've been perusing the Ten Thousand Villages website lately, and I can't believe how many cool things are there. It's kind of sad, really, since I can't really get any of their stuff. It doesn't appear that they ship out of North America, and even if they did, I wouldn't have any space in my tiny room to accommodate any new stuff, no matter how cute.
The other thing that I like about Ten Thousand Villages is that its purpose is to provide a market for artisans in developing countries. Their stuff may be great, but they won't sell much of it if no one knows about it. This gives them a selling venue. Also, Ten Thousand Villages is a free trade organization, so it consults with the artisans and experts in the area to set a fair wage for their work. They were voted one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" by Forbes Magazine for the past three years. Cheers!
Anyway, even if I can't have any of these lovelies myself, I thought I'd share them all with you.
This scarf is awesome! Not to mention green and blue, just the best colors in the world (especially green).
This is probably my favorite item! Isn't it amazingly cute? In their own words, it's so round, so fat, so cheerful!
I don't even know, but this is sweet.
This is a "Red Owl Wall Candle Sconce." Basically, you hang it on your wall and put a candle inside. I could see a whole row of them in a backyard, lit up for parties.
So what do you guys think? Do you have any Ten Thousand Villages favorites?
Here's there website, if you want to look for yourself.