Shop the world at First Presbyterian during Host


Find treasures – and help artisans living in some of the roughest economies in the world – during the annual Ten Thousand Villages sale, which will be held at Fayetteville’s First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more than a decade as a mission project, the members of First Presbyterian have organized the sale, which is an official Host of Christmas Past event, in cooperation with the Ten Thousand Villages shop in Nashville. All of the proceeds from the sale return to the non-profit fair-trade organization, which locates and sometimes helps to train artisans in economically depressed situations. The company then offers the artisans fair prices for their handiworks.

Items for sale will include hand-painted ceramics, native baskets, candles, soaps, hand-crafted jewelry, carved wood items, carved stone candleholders, metal-work jewelry and home decorations, hand-woven textiles, and delightful home decorations.

“For many people, shopping the Ten Thousand Villages sale ranks among their favorite activities during the Host of Christmas Past weekend,” said Cindy Lewis, who chairs the event for the church. “The sale gives Host visitors one more reason to visit Fayetteville during the festival and offers a unique shopping experience – all while doing good for the artisans whose work is for sale.”

The sale will be held in the church’s gymnasium, which is behind the historic sanctuary at the end of East College Street.

For more information about this sale, call the church at 433-1905. For more information about Ten Thousand Villages, visit

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