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Fair Trade pop-up shop heads to former ‘Wedge’ space in the Ped Mall


Ten Thousand Villages
Ten Thousand Villages sells a variety of fair trade goods, including housewares, jewelry and holiday decorations. photo by Adam Burke

After the Downtown Women’s Warehouse Sale last weekend, the former Ped Mall Wedge space (136 S. Dubuque St.) will once again transform this Friday into a Ten Thousand Villages pop-up shop.

Ten Thousand Villages is one of the world’s oldest and largest fair trade nonprofit with retail stores around the country. They sell fair trade and sustainable gifts that are produced by artisans in Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.

At the Iowa City store, shoppers will find upcycled bicycle chains that artists in Moradabad, India have repurposed to make clocks, picture frames and bottle openers. There will also be necklaces made from bullet casings left by the Eritrean War, as well as other jewelry, scarves and home decor.

Many of the items available for purchase are made in workshops that train and hire people with disabilities, allowing them the opportunity to earn fair wages. Ten Thousand Villages also partners with craftspeople in 38 countries, encouraging sustainable business practices while also preserving traditional craft-making.

The Ten Thousand Villages pop-up store will be open through Dec. 31, but may eventually evolve into a permanent Ten Thousand Villages. Organizers of the store will use the holiday season to gauge local interest, as well as work to raise funds for a permanent location.

Store Hours

Mondays 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesdays 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesdays 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursdays 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Fridays 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturdays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sundays 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

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