Austin, TX

1317 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

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Mon-Thu: 10am-7pm
First Thursday: 10am-10pm
Fri-Sat: 10am-8pm
Saturday: 10am-8pm
Sunday: 11am-6pm

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Nominations now open!

Ten Thousand Villages of Austin seeks your nominations for outstanding Animal Advocates, Environmentalists and Humanitarians. Now featuring a Jr. Category!

Click here for details about the categories and award ceremony.

Stay up to date with our progress here!

Thank you to all who supported One Reason Why this year. Check out all the fair trade fundraising fun HERE!

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Thanks Austin, we did it! Watch the video here.

Check out the latest fair trade news!

About Us

Welcome to Ten Thousand Villages in Austin!

Located just south of the river along South Congress (next door to Continental Club), we are a fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted home décor, jewelry, accessories and gifts from around the world. We feature products from artisans in over 38 countries, and you can feel good about your purchases with us because we are all about the people behind the product.

Stop in and grab a cup of fair trade coffee while you shop. And let us print you out an artisan story with your purchases. Enjoy our store and the fun shops of South Congress in the heart of Austin, TX.

As one of the world’s oldest and largest fair trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages has spent more than 60 years cultivating trading relationships in which artisans receive a fair price for their work and consumers have access to distinctive handcrafted items. We seek 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 sees fair trade as an alternative approach to conventional international trade.

Alex moved back to Austin from Sydney, Australia in March 2014, after falling in love with Texas on study abroad at UT. She graduated with a Bachelor of International Studies from Sydney University in 2013. Alex was drawn to Ten Thousand Villages for the store's empowering fair trade mission, and joined the team as Volunteer Coordinator in August 2014. She has a background in youth engagement, outreach and volunteerism, and has volunteered with fair trade organizations in Australia since she was a teenager.

I'm excited to be involved with such an active community that wants to show their love and appreciation for the people of this world through fair trade. Awesome! About myself: As a kid, I lived in England and Zimbabwe and can tell you the words for baby snake (zvenzvana) and cow (mombe) in Shona... but not a whole lot else. I studied art ed at Purdue but ended up as a fine arts major focusing on ceramics before teaching elementary school art at a school for the Deaf in Ghana for two years. I love ripe plantain, travel, and earrings (my weakness...) As a result of the ASL (American Sign Language), I tend to gesture a lot when I talk. I appreciate all things handmade but particularly African art, outsider art, and the funky doodling of small children.

Kitty began living in Austin Texas and working as store manager in October 2004, after growing up in Orlando, Florida. She received her B.A. in Interior Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Other education includes coursework in perspective rendering, concept sketching and watercolors. Art and Retail has always been a part of her life and Ten Thousand Villages beautifully combines both. Other interests include, traveling, photography, amateur filmmaking and raising chickens.


As a non-profit organization, we are run primarily by a diverse and dynamic team of volunteers. Our volunteers serve a variety of functions and have a huge impact on every aspect of our organization. Simply put - we couldn't exist without our volunteers!

February Volunteer Schedule

March Volunteer Schedule

Our Volunteer Program Mission is twofold:

  1. To support the operational and sales goals of Ten Thousand Villages of Austin by providing excellent customer service and fulfilling operational tasks
  2. To advocate fair trade through education and outreach in store, in our communities, and at events

A vibrant and informed volunteer community that helps the store reach or exceed goals, allowing us to grow our fair trade relationships and ensure sustainable incomes for more artisans.

Join us!
If you are interested in being a part of the fair trade movement, we hope you will consider joining our volunteer team. We welcome highly motivated people who have a passion for our people-driven mission and the products we sell. Previous experience is not required - just a friendly attitude and the desire to help. We ask that our volunteers work at least two shifts per month, and we have a very flexible schedule to make it easy to fit your volunteering into your own schedule.

Our next Volunteer Orientation will be in February 2015 at 4803 Burnet Rd. Email Alex at for details.

We also accept interns in Spring, Summer and Fall in various academic fields. Contact Alex Peters, the Volunteer Coordinator at if you are interested in applying.

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Sales & Events

Upcoming Events

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A Sale to Celebrate Women - February 27, 2015 - March 8, 2015

25% OFF

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Every day, everywhere women go to work, care for their families, build communities and create joy for others. Celebrate the women you treasure and honor the skills of women around the world with these handcrafted gifts.

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Treat your morning coffee mates. These cinnamon and clove-scented SPICED TRIVETS are crafted by artisans of the UPAVIM cooperative. Sales of their products, made from traditional Guatemalan textiles, provide personal income and fund child care, preschool programs and a community health clinic.

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Ready for a fancy Friday out or a comfy Saturday in (just like she is!), the DENIM BLUESY SCARF is hand-woven by the Nepali artisans of Manushi, a name that translates to “energetic woman.” The group works to empower rural women with skills that create income opportunities and self-confidence.

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Spoil her (we won’t tell) with luxurious LIP BUTTER made from pure shea and essential oils. Harvested from trees in northern Ghana, shea nuts are processed by hand into rich moisturizing butter by women living in Ghana’s poorest region, providing them vital income to feed, clothe and educate their families.

Artisans have been paid in full. Offer valid on select merchandise at participating stores through 3/8/15 and online until 11:59 p.m. ET on 3/8/15. Check local store for participation. Not valid with other offers or discounts.

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International Women's Day Award Ceremony - March 27, 2015

All are welcome to attend the Awards Ceremony at our new store at 4803 Burnet Road 78756 on Friday March 27th from 6-9pm. RSVP via Eventbrite

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Store Hours
Mon-Thu: 10am-7pm
First Thursday: 10am-10pm
Fri-Sat: 10am-8pm
Saturday: 10am-8pm
Sunday: 11am-6pm

International Women's Day

Nominate an Outstanding Austin Woman:
Nomination Form

Each year, Ten Thousand Villages celebrates International Women's Day with our annual International Women's Day Awards. These awards celebrate the passion, dedication and achievements of women in Austin who are "making it happen" in the fields of Humanitarianism, Animal Welfare and Environmentalism. Past winners have founded international nonprofits, empowered new refugees, advocated for incarcerated women's rights, developed community garden programs, consulted on City of Austin environmental policies, and spayed, saved and cared for hundreds of animals in our pet-loving city. This year, for the first time, we will also feature an Emerging Changemaker category that celebrates young women aged 23 years and under who are "making it happen" in any (or all!) of our three award categories.

We invite you to nominate an influential woman from your community for one of the four categories below, and celebrate Austin women's achievements with us!

Humanitarian-A person devoted to promoting the welfare of humanity, especially through the elimination of pain and suffering. Humanitarianism is an ethic of kindness, benevolence and sympathy extended universally and impartially to all human beings.

Environmental Advocate-A person actively involved in attempts to protect the environment from pollution or destruction through such measures as ecosystem protection, waste reduction, pollution prevention and conservation.

Animal Welfare Advocate-A person focused on the well-being of animals in such a way that they do not suffer unnecessarily, and who educates others to understand the needs of animals and how to reinforce positive interactions with them.

Emerging Changemaker - Our newest award category! A game-changing young lady who is 23 years of age or younger, and has shown outstanding leadership in any of the three categories above.

Nominations will be accepted until midnight March 8th (International Women's Day). The Awards Ceremony will be hosted at Ten Thousand Villages on Friday March 27th. Nominations will be reviewed by a panel of judges who are previous finalists and award winners. Awards will be presented to two finalists and a winner from each category.