Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Ten Thousand Villages Faves

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).

A super cool necklace. I would wear this over diamonds any day.

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.


  1. By the way, just wanted to mention how LUCKY and COOL you are that you're teaching english in Hong Kong! I have tons of family there, thus I'm able to visit almost once a year. I love how it reminds me of how New York will probably be (since I've never been to NY!) I love it so much I'm debating studying abroad there for a semester!

    What about you? How do you like it so far? What city are you living in?

  2. Aw, thanks! And you totally should study here! It's pretty exciting.
    I'm living in Ap Lei Chau which is down by Aberdeen. What part of the city do your relatives live in?
    I really like it here. I'm actually just about to start a series of posts about the ten best and worst things about Hong Kong!

  3. I love that websight! The earrings from India are always the item I gravitate to. So beautiful! And it's so nice to know that you are actually helping someone and not hurting them by your purchase.


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