So most of the items I review I seek out online, take a chance and order them, but lately I've stumbled upon a few purposeful finds. The first are Krugers baskets. The baskets are made from elephant grass by farmers in Ghana. I found them for sale at a local farm stand. Useful and beautiful, they are said to be long lasting. I was happy to purchase a couple of baskets and encourage a retailer in offering these types of items.
Second was a store called Ten Thousand Villages. We were about an hour from our home out to dinner and had a few minutes to shop before having to be somewhere else and I saw this store. So disappointed that I couldn't spend more time shopping, but saw many things I really liked. They have a store locator on their website to see if you have one near you, and hooray there is a store closer to me than the one I first visited.
Fair Trade items are out there, they may not be easy to find, but keep an eye out.. and please share with me your finds!