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Bye-bye, Ten Thousand Villages

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Ten Thousand Villages on Galisteo Street is closing July 25. (Jackie Jadrnak/Albuquerque Journal)

Ten Thousand Villages on Galisteo Street is closing July 25. (Jackie Jadrnak/Albuquerque Journal)

Well, this is either good news of a sale or bad news of another business not able to make it in downtown Santa Fe.

Ten Thousand Villages, a company started in 1946 that calls itself a “fair trade” and sells handmade crafts from folk artists around the world, is closing its store on Galisteo Street on July 25. So you have until then to take advantage of its sale, which right now is half-off everything in the store.

Why couldn’t they make it in Santa Fe, where the International Folk Art Market has drawn thousands of visitors looking to buy similar types of items, with a similar philosophy behind it of helping create a market for craftsmen and women around the world?

Building rent that is too high and parking that is too scarce, according to the assistant manager. And, bottom line, not enough people were coming in and buying.

The business has been at that spot for only two years. It won’t be seeking any alternative locations in Santa Fe, but Albuquerque is being considered, she added.

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