It may only be the second day of September but it is the beginning of the Labour Day Weekend in the Miramichi and until 9 pm this evening bring a friend or a family member out to visit the annual Ten Thousand Villages Fair Trade Gift Sale in Newcastle’s Saint Andrew’s Anglican Church Hall at 214 Pleasant Street.
“The sale is in its 28th year here on the river,” says Olive Trevors, who organises the event locally. “But the organisation began seven decades ago in Akron, Pennsylvania.”
Ten Thousand Villages partners with thousands of talented artisans in a healthy business relationship, providing employment in the Developing World. Popular items available include jewellery, china, dishes, baskets, gardening and Christmas items.
The Canadian headquarters and warehouse is based in Hamburg, Ontario. In New Brunswick, a small store and warehouse is located at 55 Main Street in Petitcodiac. This location is the only one east of Montréal and it supplies the entire Eastern Canadian region.
For more information about Ten Thousand Villages visit their website at www.tenthousandvillages.ca or drop by the local sale today only until 9 pm in downtown Newcastle.
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Photos by Anthony McLean.