A Gift of the Artisan

Dec 1, 2011

This holiday season, as we wait for an uptick in the economy, people have thought of helping by buying from their local, independently-owned shops. Ten Thousand Villages is offering a “three-fer” to sweeten the deal. Buy a gift from their local store (#1) that supports fair trade practices and artisans from around the world (#2), and 15% of the purchase will be donated to The Peace & Justice Academy (#3).

TPJA is a middle and a high school, founded on Christian traditions with enrollment open to all. Their mission is to offer “life lessons” in social justice while also providing a challenging academic core of college prep classes. They want their graduates to leave the school with the “tools to engage with the real world and—most importantly—to change it.”

Ten Thousand Villages is an independent nonprofit charitable organization founded in 1946 out of the trunk of Edna Ruth Byler’s car and now has 390 retail outlets throughout America. The local branch is on Lake Avenue and embodies the philosophy that “one day all artisans in developing countries will earn a fair wage, be treated with dignity and respect and be able to live a life of quality.”

From Amazon Memory earrings from Peru, an alabaster lamp from Egypt, a fanciful Autumn Flower hat from Nepal, to a Jacaranda Safari chess set from Kenya; 10,000 Villages has a smorgasbord of creations. And, not only will you be buying an incredibly unique gift for that special someone, but you’ll be helping artisans support themselves and funding a local school. It’s a “three-fer”—joy for the eyes, the heart and the (holiday) spirit—all in one.

10,000 Villages
567 Lake Avenue, Pasadena.
Holiday hours: Mon-Fri, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
For more information, visit their website at
Note: remember to mention The Peace & Justice Academy for 15% of the gift price to be donated to the school. 



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