Ten Thousand Villages
10432 82 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB, T6E 2A2
If you are a shopper with a social conscience, Ten Thousand Villages is for you.
|Store Type |||Gifts, Antiques, Home Furnishings & Accessories, Home Improvement|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa, Cash|
|Mon-Thu 10AM-5:30PM; Fri 10AM-9PM; Sat 10AM-5:30PM|
Profile Last Updated: April 23, 2008
Operating on Whyte Avenue since 1986, Ten Thousand Villages sells items from developing nations with the guarantee the artisans got a better deal than the folks working in corporate clothing sweatshops overseas.
Part of a 200-store chain established by the Mennonite Church-and staffed by volunteers-Ten Thousand Villages gets a wide variety of items from more than 30 nations from Bangladesh to Vietnam.
What You'll Find
Big sellers include bamboo furniture, fair-trade coffee from Columbia, onyx from Pakistan, brass from India, carvings from Kenya, paper products, Christmas ornaments, and musical instruments. The shop features drums from all over the African continent as well as more exotic musical instruments.
Besides paying a fair price for the works on sale, Ten Thousand Villages also helps those regions with literacy and nutrition programs.