From the mountains of Nepal to jungles of the Amazon, crafters and small-scale producers work hard to support their families through the sale of their products.
Fair trade allows artisans and producers around the world to earn a respectable income and maintain a sustainable business. One of the leading supporters of that concept is Ten Thousand Villages which markets goods acquired through fair trade, selling them in their own retail stores and worldwide craft fairs.
The annual Ten Thousand Villages World Craft Fair comes to the 100 Mile House Baptist Church on Tatton Road on Nov. 2-5. There will be a huge assortment of traditional crafts and products from throughout the developing world.
Pete Penner of 108 Mile co-ordinates the sale every year and he’s expecting to have a lot of handcrafted jewelry, ornaments, table linens, pottery, giftware, coffees, and much more.
“We always have something out of the ordinary, but I don’t know what it is until I open the boxes.”
He says prices will be reasonable, but will reflect a fair price that has already been paid to the producer and the cost of shipping.
At the sale, Penner will be aided by several knowledgeable volunteers who will have samples of various edible products and an assortment of brewed coffees for tasting.
Amaryllis bulbs will also be for sale during the event, with proceeds going to Huntington’s disease research.
Sale times are 5-8 p.m. on Nov. 2; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Nov. 3-4; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Nov. 5.