Alexandria, VA

915 King St., Old Town
Alexandria, VA 22314

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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!

NOW HIRING: Director of Outreach Programs

Since 1994, Ten Thousand Villages, National Capital Area has brought unique, handmade, fair trade items to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area through two successful sales channels; the 915 King Street location and a robust off-site sales program. We are looking to continue to grow our off-site program through alternative venues, including festivals, faith communities, schools and other locations. We are currently seeking a self-motivated person who can work independently to research potential off-site markets and educational opportunities, as well as handle the coordination of, staffing for and sales at the actual events.

For a detailed description of the position, please click here or email

To apply: please email a letter of interest, resume, and three references to :, or mail to: Kate McMahon, Executive Director
Ten Thousand Villages
915 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

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

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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Fair Trade Essay Contest - April 1, 2015 - May 9, 2015

Saturday, May 9 is World Fair Trade Day, and this year's theme is "Be an Agent of Change."


Tell us in 500 words or less and you could win:
- A collection of fair trade goodies from Fairtrade America.
- A fair trade gift for your school.
- Formal recognition at the store and on Ten Thousand Villages’ Alexandria website and Facebook page.


Contest open to students in Grades 4-12 in three categories: upper elementary (grade 4-6), middle school (grade 7-8) and high school (grade 9-12). There will be one winner in each category.

Entries will be judged on originality, sincerity, and an (age appropriate) understanding of global trade issues.

Please submit your essay to Store Manager Kate McMahon at no later than 5:00 pm Wednesday, April 29, 2015. Remember to include your name, category level, and the name of your school.

Submissions should not exceed 500 words and may include digital files of photography, artwork, poetry, and other relevant material.

All submitted materials, including but not limited to essays and digital files, become the property of Ten Thousand Villages Alexandria, and may be used for marketing or other purposes.

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Plant and Garden Sale - April 17, 2015 - April 27, 2015

25% OFF
FRI, APR 17 — MON, APR 27

spring gifts sale

Bring spring to life with a magical miniature garden and more—from enchanting chimes to bewitching birdhouses.

Artisans have been paid in full. Offer valid on select merchandise at participating stores through 4/27/15 and online until 11:59 p.m. ET on 4/27/15. Check local store for participation. Not valid with other offers or discounts.

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Small Space Gardening seminar - April 26, 2015


Think you don't have enough room to grow veggies? Think again! Even if the only thing you have is a window, let's talk. Conversely, you may have a lot of space in your yard, but are you lacking time?

Small-Space Veggie Gardening (a.k.a. Urban Gardening) is right for everyone, but what method is best for you?

Kim Roman is a certified Square Foot Gardening instructor who will introduce us to several easy, small-space, high-intensive, earth-friendly gardening methods from containers to squash arches all with no digging, no tilling, no weeding . . . no kidding. She'll share the methods and strategies she used to grow 250 lbs. of organic vegetables in her small back yard.

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3rd Annual Trunk Show! - May 1, 2015 - May 17, 2015

6:30 pm

Honor Mom with a New Look!

We're making Mother’s Day easy this year with our Fair Trade Clothing Trunk Show – Now in its third year, our annual trunk show will include fresh styles from old favorites Mata Traders and Symbology, and, for the first time, Global Mamas. In addition to fun styles for mom, Global Mamas’ selection will include clothes for babies and children.

And, just to make it even easier, May 1-10 is our annual BOGO sale! Buy one piece of handcrafted jewelry and one 50% off!

So, new clothes, new jewelry, all made by artisans (mostly women) in developing countries who got a fair wage so they can support their families. Can you think of a better way to honor Mom? Neither can we!

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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