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Gift store gives back locally and globally

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DUBUQUE(KWWL) -- For years, a group of people in Dubuque wanted a way to help people around the world without ever having to leave Iowa. Now it's a reality with a new gift shop called Global Goods.

Global Goods is a store that only sells 100 percent fair trade items, and the store itself is non-profit. It's run by Faith ReStored which is a group of United Methodist Church members and leaders who wanted to help people here in town and around the globe.

At Global Goods you'll find plenty of unique gifts from around all around the world including Peru, Guatemala, and even Vietnam.

"I got some gifts. I got a couple bars of sap that'll be good stocking stuffers, and I got a teapot that is just really beautiful," Carol Clark said.

When you buy something the money goes oceans away back to the person who made it. That's because everything in the store is fair trade.

"They get a fair price for the items that they do. So, say you spend two dollars on an item, they're going to get the two dollars. If they did it over there, what happens is they might get 20 cents on the dollar,"

"Just the concept that the people that make these things actually get paid fair. They aren't in a sweatshop someplace. That's something that we don't know about a lot of the things we buy. It's kind of scary when you think about it," Clark said.

And it's not just global. The store uses all volunteer workers and will help local people who don't have experience to get a job learn retail and office skills. So if you buy here Global Goods says your buck stretches farther in Dubuque and beyond.

"We're giving gifts twice. Basically whether we're buying something as a Christmas gift for someone, we're giving it one way. But, we're also giving another gift of someone being able to feed their family and clothe their children and house themselves,"

Just an example of a few items that Global Goods sells include a gourd from Ghana that costs $26.50 and a handmade candywrapper purse from Mexico for $32.

Global Goods is on the 1100 block of main street in downtown Dubuque right next to Saint Luke's United Methodist Church. It's open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The building itself has a unique history: it belongs to Saint Luke's and was a parsonage but hadn't housed clergy in decades.

Online Reporter: Jamie Grey

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