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.
Becky Garcia started volunteering in 2007 after visiting the store as a customer. In 2009, she became a lead volunteer and then part-time staff. Becky is “The Countess” which mundanely translates to Inventory Manager. Becky works with Fair Trade partner vendors to round out all the fabulous store treasures. A Texas native, Becky has been in Austin since she journeyed north from San Antonio to attend the UT Master’s program in 1984. In addition to a degree in Library & Information Science, Becky has an MBA from St. Ed’s and a Project Management Professional certification. Today, she works full-time at Host Publications; a literary publisher focused on works in translation and will soon be opening Malvern Books. She loves dogs and is active in dog rescue (she and her husband have 6 of their own now and foster when they can), SCARE for a CURE and other charities.
Christa Young became a volunteer at Ten Thousand Villages in 2008, after retiring from a 30 year career as a JCPenney store manager. She began her duties as Administrative Assistant in 2010. Christa is passionate about the simple, honest principles of Fair Trade and relishes the chance to help build a marketplace for artisans in developing countries….here in the vibrant and enlightened city of Austin.
Originally from the small town of Woodstock, Illinois, Jessica Uramkin found herself in Austin after graduating with her B.S. in Geography – Water Studies from Texas State University. She brings years of customer service experience to Villages of Austin as well as a strong understanding of volunteerism from working with area environmental nonprofits and being a lifelong volunteer herself. Jessica first learned about fair trade when studying sustainable development. She joined the Austin team in March 2013 and has enjoyed learning more about the artisans that Ten Thousand Villages support.
Kitty Bird 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, travelling, photography, amateur filmmaking and raising chickens.