Shopping Ethically at Ten Thousand Villages

Toronto fashion blogger - jewelry from Ten Thousand Villages

Doing a giveaway for these beautiful earring and necklace on Instagram!

Big thanks to Ten Thousand Villages for sponsoring this giveaway! 

Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.” -Anna Lappé

Even small, everyday purchases like as coffee, tea, breakfast cereal, and bread are a vote for something. How you shop and companies you support are a vote for what you believe in and the kind of place you want the world to be. For example, favouring organic produce is a vote for environmental sustainability and purchasing fair trade products is a vote for human rights. We have a great deal of power in our pockets and the choices we make can help (or hurt) other people.

As one of the oldest and largest Fair Trade organizations in North America, Ten Thousand Villages is more than a store, it’s a place where you can explore and connect with your global village. They sell artisan-crafted personal accessories, home decor and gift items from all over the world. Their goal is to creating opportunities for artisans in developing countries and earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term, fair trading relationships. And with Christmas just around the corner, what could be better than to shop your values and give gifts with meaning? They also have the best selection of cute Christmas ornaments hands down! So make sure you drop by their store on Bloor or Danforth, and until December 31st 2017, they also have a pop up store in Oshawa!

Ten Thousand Villages works with hundreds of artisan partners around the world with a mission to empower women, build relationships, preserve cultural arts, sustain livelihoods, and show dignity. So not only will you find products that are truly unique, you can shop in good conscience knowing that the artisans who have made them have received respect, dignity and hope from earning fair value for their hard work. That’s why I’m super excited today to announce that I’ll be collaborating with them to do a giveaway for these artisan made earrings and necklace.

I'm collaborating with Ten Thousand Villages to giveaway this necklace and earrings

Artisan made goods from Ten Thousand Villages

About the Jewelry

These beautiful brass 3D Leaf Chain Earrings and 3-Strand Necklace are handmade by the makers of TARA Projects in India.  The proceeds from these beautiful pieces help support TARA projects, which stands for “Trade Alternative Reform Action”  who are of the pioneering Indian organizations in the field of fair wages, non-formal education programs for children and women, health and environmental awareness, and further development for its members.  And they work to change the lives of India’s “untouchables” by eliminating unfair trade practices and child labour. So make sure you enter the giveaway below so you can have a chance at winning these 2 beautiful pieces of jewelry.

About the Clutch

This beautiful beaded clutch is hand made by the artisans from Asha Handicrafts Association, which represents more than 6,500 artisans in 10 states of India. The association’s name, meaning “hope” in Sanskrit, represents its goal to sustain the marketing ability of individual and family–based artisans.  Asha Handicrafts Association brings hope to makers in and around Mumbai by ensuring fair wages and providing design consultancy.

Outfit Details: 

Bottom: Burgundy pencil skirt c/o Windsor Store
Top: Racer back tank from Zara (similar here)
Shoes: Black suede pumps from Nine West (similar here)

Ethically made jewelry from Ten Thousand Villages

How to Enter the Giveaway (now closed)

Entering this giveaway is super easy and just requires to do 3 simple things. Plus, I’m giving you a easy bonus chances to enter! The winner of this giveaway will receive these beautiful 3D Leaf Chain Earrings AND this 3-Strand Necklace from Ten Thousand Villages. Open to Canada and the US.  Winner will be chosen Nov 10, 2017!

Giveaway Instructions: 
1. Follow YesMissy and Ten Thousand Villages on Instagram

2. Leave a comment on this Instagram pic here, and let me know you’ve done it with a comment

3. BONUS ENTRIES: tag a friend (as many as you like), one per line please, for additional entries!!

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  • Tisha Miltiades
    November 6, 2017

    Such a simple yet stylish look! The work that Ten Thousand Villages does seems amazing! Always here for supporting a great cause! Thanks for sharing!

  • Nawal Aharrass
    November 6, 2017

    Your outfit is so elegant, I wish I had somewhere to go that is like formal so that I can try to recreate it! I have entered the giveway too, thanks for doing it by the way.

  • Sian Ryan
    November 7, 2017

    The outfit is gorgeous on you. I absolutely love that Burgandy colour on you aswell.

  • Diana Tidswell
    November 7, 2017

    What an awesome giveaway! My friend and I will love that so much! I love the color and the style.

  • Julie Syl
    November 7, 2017

    I absolutely love your very classy outfit! This would be perfect to my daughter, she will love it for sure!

  • Belinda
    November 7, 2017

    Wow amazing outfits! love the burgundy colour!

  • Hum JK
    November 8, 2017

    Love this outfit and your jewelry is beautiful!

  • Dr. K. Lee Banks
    November 11, 2017

    As a quilter and crafter myself, I think it’s great there’s an organization like this to promote and support artisans like myself and other talented people. Your jewelry and the clutch are just beautiful! I can appreciate the hours that went into making them! They are perfect accessories to your lovely outfit.

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