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Sandy Evans, who owns Gilday's Tea Shoppe, Celtic Market and Fair Trade Boutique along with her husband, Barry, examines a necklace made from paper beads. The shop's fair trade jewelry is designed and made by hand by artisans and workers from around the globe. (Tribune photo by Anne Polta)

Gilday's is local link to the global fair trade movement


WILLMAR -- The dangling tawny-colored earrings in the jewelry case at Gilday's are handmade by women in Afghanistan. A matching necklace and bracelet of green malachite are crafted in cottage industries in the Himalayas.

Then there are the tiny bottles of skin-softening marula oil from Africa and the handbags from Nepal.

Sandy Evans plucks a sleek black handbag from the shelf and invites a visitor to guess what it's made from.

Recycled leather? Recycled plastic?

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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