When I was in Boston I did a bit of shopping. While highlights include a mug and some tea, it was entering the Ten Thousand Villages shop that stole the show. Ten Thousand Villages is a fair trade retailer. In the United States, if something is Fair Trade Certified it means that the individuals who made the product were fairly treated in their work. This includes being paid well, safe working conditions, and fair treatment. You can read more about fair trade on their website.
Upon entering the shop, I was so overwhelmed by the many options of things to purchase that it took me a while before finally deciding what I wanted to take home with me. I found a collection of a variety of things made in this white and blue style. I was tempted to buy a little trinket box, but determined that I had too many of those. Instead, I opted for a measuring spoon set that I could actually use regularly.
Along with your purchase you are given a print out providing details about the product and the artisans who made it. My favorite part is knowing that this measuring spoon set was made fairly by women in Vietnam.