Alexandria, VA

915 King St., Old Town
Alexandria, VA 22314

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Summer Hours!

Long summer days are here, and we're taking advantage of the sunshine! Starting June 2, our store will be open until 9:00 pm every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening until Labor Day! 

We're Hiring!

Ten Thousand Villages Alexandria

Title: Evenings/Weekend Sales Associate

Report to: Store Manager; Assistant Manager

Part-Time Position: 16-20 hours/week

Salary: $10/hour


To create opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term, fair trading relationships.

Ten Thousand Villages is a nonprofit, fair trade retailer that works with 120 artisan groups in over 30 developing countries.  The Ten Thousand Villages Alexandria store has been in operation since 1994.  We are staffed by 60 volunteers and have a strong commitment to fair trade education and programming. 

Job Description:

The primary role of the Sales Associate is to provide customers with a positive shopping experience by offering excellent customer service; utilizing effective selling techniques; sharing the Villages mission; and providing in-depth product knowledge in a fast paced, fair trade, retail environment.


  • A strong understanding of the Ten Thousand Villages mission, and what our customer comes to us to find.
  • 1-2 years customer service and retail sales experience preferred.
  • Self-motivation and enthusiasm.
  • Basic arithmetic and data entry skills.
  • Ability to communicate clearly with customers and coworkers.
  • Commitment to maintain compliance with Ten Thousand Villages’ Brand Standards and Policies. 
  • Ability to stand all day and to lift 40 pounds.
  • Experience working with volunteers a plus.
  • Previous work in fair trade a plus.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Offer courteous, friendly, and efficient customer service, following Ten Thousand Villages’ Selling Process, to support the expansion of sales and public persona of the store.
  • Stay current with New Item Collections and general product knowledge.
  • Promote special events, sales, and promotions.
  • Support volunteers on the sales floor.
  • Request supplies.
  • Maintain email list and encourage email sign-ups.
  • Inventory cycle counts.
  • Stay current on fair trade as it relates to Ten Thousand Villages.
  • Track and report customer feedback, concerns, questions, and preferences.
  • Other projects as assigned.


To Apply:

Email cover letter, resume, and three references to  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  Please include Sales Associate in your subject line.  Attachments must be sent in Microsoft Word or pdf. format.  

Host a Private Event or Educational Presentation at Ten Thousand Villages of Alexandria

Looking for a unique way to share memorable moments with family and friends, or give your class a boost? Would you like to inspire your youth group or treat your organization to a special event?

Let us take your group on a special tour of our store and give you a greater look inside Fair Trade and Ten Thousand Villages. Ten Thousand Villages – Alexandria will coordinate:

Private Shopping Nights
Student and Professional Group Presentations
Community Shopping Events to benefit local organizations in need We are happy to work with groups of all ages and sizes; in our store or at your location. Please stop by our store, or email us at to start planning your special event.

Learn more about Fair Trade, the history of Ten Thousand Villages and about our talented artisan partners through an exciting presentation tailored to your group!