Alexandria, VA

915 King St., Old Town
Alexandria, VA 22314

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We’re celebrating 20 Years of Fair Trade in Alexandria…

…and we want the party to last all year!

So, on the 20th of every month we’re offering 20% discounts on products from a featured country or region, as well as showcasing that region’s food, crafts, music, etc.  Stop in and learn how your purchases and support of Ten Thousand Villages National Capital Area over the last 20 years has truly made a difference in the lives of our artisans.  We thank you for your continued support!

Stay tuned to our Events page to learn more about each region!

‘Tis the Reason

What’s the reason? There is a person behind every Ten Thousand Villages product, and that person is the reason behind everything we do. In the season of peace and good will, choose a gift that embraces the human element—choose Ten Thousand Villages.

About Us

About Ten Thousand Villages in Alexandria, VA

Ten Thousand Villages in Alexandria, Virginia is a fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted home décor, personal accessories, and gifts from across the globe. Featuring products from more than 130 artisan groups in some 38 countries, we are part of a network of over 390 retail outlets throughout the United States selling Ten Thousand Villages products.   

As one of the world’s oldest and largest fair trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages has been practicing fair trade for more than 60 years, cultivating trading relationships in which the artisans receive a fair price for their work and consumers have access to distinctive handcrafted items. Ten Thousand Villages works to establish long term buying relationships in places where skilled artisans are under- or unemployed, and in which they lack other opportunities for income. A founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), Ten Thousand Villages views fair trade as an alternative to conventional international trade.

The Ten Thousand Villages store in Alexandria has been a fixture in Old Town since 1994, and our loyal customers have made us one of the most successful stores in the country, thus ensuring steady income and better lives for hundreds of artisans in the developing world. As we approach our 20th anniversary in 2014 we are building on that success to strengthen and deepen the fair trade connection in the national capital region. We are working with other retailers and citizens to designate Alexandria a Fair Trade Town, and, even more exciting, we are currently raising money to establish a second store in the District of Columbia!

None of our success would be possible without the support of customers who are equally as passionate about fair trade, and we welcome each and every one of you to our store to see what fair trade can do. Come browse our aisles of handcrafted home accents, table and bed linens, jewelry and personal accessories, garden planters and decor, wooden toys, musical instruments, and so much more, all to the global soundtrack of Putumayo CDs and the aroma of Fair Trade coffee and chocolate.   


To make a donation for a new Ten Thousand Villages store in the District of Columbia, click here.


Volunteer at Ten Thousand Villages in Alexandria, VA

Dedicated Outreach Intern

The Outreach Program does its best work during the fall/holiday season. The primary role of our dedicated outreach intern will be to help our outreach program best manage the many events scheduled during this busy time of year. This position will utilize your love for socialization (by putting you in contact with lots of different people), your management skills (by allowing you to take a lead on aspects of the program), and your adventurous spirit (because no two events are alike).

Those interested should send their resume and cover letters to

Volunteers at Ten Thousand Villages AlexandriaInterested in promoting social justice through fair trade?  Consider volunteering with Ten Thousand Villages in the heart of Old Town Alexandria!

As a non-profit organization, Ten Thousand Villages of Old Town depends largely on volunteer efforts to staff the store and the special outreach events scheduled each month.  We are currently seeking enthusiastic volunteers interested in fair trade and ethical consumerism.  As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to:

-Explain the mission of our store.
-Sell beautiful, handcrafted products.  
-Attend exciting offsite events and festivals.
-Work among other socially-minded individuals.
-Benefit from flexible volunteer shifts.
-Help to provide a livelihood for artisans who live in the developing world.

Contact Melanie Kapinos, our store's Volunteer Coordinator, at or at 703-684-1435 to learn how you can get involved.


Sales & Events

Upcoming Events

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Community Shopping Events; December - December 1, 2014 - December 24, 2014

Join us for our December Community Shopping Events! Through the holiday season, we will be partnering with other area non-profits as a way to give back during the holiday season. When you shop during these events, your purchase goes further, as we will donate a portion of your sale to that organization! Choose your favorite or shop them all this holiday season!

Date and Time:  Mon, Dec 1; 6:00pm-8:00pm
Organization:  Coexist Foundation (

Date and Time:  Weds, Dec 3; 7:00pm-9:00pm
Organization:  Dining For Women local chapter (

Date and Time:  Sat, Dec 6; 7:00pm-9:00pm
Organization:  Computer C.O.R.E.  (

Date and Time:  Sun, Dec 7; 5:00pm-7:00pm
Organization:  Haiti Micah Project (

Date and time:  Tues, Dec 9; 6:00pm-8:00pm
Organization:  Senior Services of Alexandria (

Date and Time:  Weds, Dec 10; 6:00pm-8:00pm
Organization: Latin America Working Group Education Fund (

Date and time:  Sun, Dec 14; 5:00pm-7:00pm
Organization:  Choreographer's Collaboration Project (

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Open House - January 15, 2015

7:00-9:00 p.m.

Learn more about becoming part of Ten Thousand Villages of the National Capital Area!

The Board of Directors is currently looking for people with management experience to join the Board in 2015. We have a particular need for those with expertise in personnel/board management, fundraising, retail development, social media and local marketing.

This event will also offer the perfect opportunity to learn more about volunteering in our store, with the Outreach Program, or as a part of the New Store Committee.

Complimentary refreshments will be served.

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Store Hours for Ten Thousand Villages in Alexandria, VA

Regular Hours

We will be closed on Monday, January 7 for Inventory

We are closed for the following holidays; Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Monday: 10 am - 7 pm
Tuesday: 10 am - 7 pm
Wednesday: 10 am - 7 pm
Thursday: 10 am - 7 pm
Friday: 10 am - 7 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 7 pm
Sunday: 12 pm - 6 pm

Summer and Holiday Hours

For your shopping convenience, from June 1 through Labor Day and again from Thanksgiving Friday through December 24 Ten Thousand Villages Alexandria is open late on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

Monday: 10 am - 7 pm
Tuesday: 10 am - 7 pm
Wednesday: 10 am - 7 pm
Thursday: 10 am - 9 pm
Friday: 10 am - 9 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 9 pm
Sunday: 12 pm - 6 pm