Alexandria, VA

915 King St., Old Town
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-684-1435
alexandria@tenthousandvillages.com

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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!

Roots

As we anticipate the first welcome chill of autumn, we invite you to explore a collection that celebrates the nature’s essence in leafy textures, wood accents and organic design. Fill your home with these rustic touches— rooted in nature, crafted with care—as souvenirs of a summer spent in love with the outdoors.

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

Volunteer at Ten Thousand Villages in Alexandria, VA

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 volunteers.alexandria@tenthousandvillages.com or at 703-684-1435 to learn how you can get involved.

 

Sales & Events

Upcoming Events

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Community Benefit Open House - September 5, 2014

During this short open house, you (or a representative) will learn about the fun, stress-free ways your organization can raise funds by partnering with Ten Thousand Villages, a nonprofit, fair trade organization.

To learn more about how you can be considered for the Fall/Holiday fundraising season, join us:
Friday, Sept 5; 7pm-8pm
Ten Thousand Villages
915 King Street, Old Town Alexandria

Light refreshments will be provided

or email outreach.alexandria@tenthousandvillages.com

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4th Annual Rug Event - September 11, 2014 - September 14, 2014

Bunyaad rugs

September 11–14

Join us as our store hosts the Annual Oriental Rug Event featuring a collection of over 300 heirloom-quality Oriental rugs hand-knotted by fairly paid adults in Pakistan. These exquisite rugs will accent any home décor with rich colors and intricate designs.

For a sneak peek at the various Oriental Rugs from Pakistan, visit: rugsearch.tenthousandvillages.com

Persian rugs

Introduction to Oriental Rugs Evening
Thursday, September 11 at 7 p.m.

Learn how Oriental Rugs are made, from dyeing the wool to tying the fringes. Presented by staff from our Main Bunyaad Rug Gallery in Ephrata, Pennsylvania.

To reserve your seat for this free public seminar, please call the store at 703-684-1435 or email kate@tenthousandvillages.com.

If you are unable to attend the seminar we invite you to watch our Introduction to Oriental Rugs Video

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Introduction to Oriental Rugs - September 11, 2014

7pm

Spend an evening learning more about how Oriental rugs are made, from dyeing the wool to tying the fringes and hear how fair trade works to produce high quality while still offering competitive prices for the North American consumer.

To register for this free public seminar: call 703-684-1435 or email alexandria@tenthousandvillages.com

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Bring the Villages to D.C.! - September 18, 2014

6-8pm

Join us for an international cocktail party featuring local farmers, brewers and restaurants teaming up to bring Ten Thousand Villages to DC

Thursday, September 18, 6-8 p.m.
AutoAlliance, 803 7th St., NW, Suite 300
$50 for admission

Tickets are available now. Go to www.villagesdc.org

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Hours

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