Austin, TX

1317 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704


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We LOVE fair trade.
Watch us shout it all over South Congress Avenue.

Get Ready for the Fair Trade Challenge! May 4-10 we challenge you to EAT, DRINK, WEAR fair trade all week! Be a fair trade hero!

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Please help us learn about our customers. Take this online survey and receive a 25% discount off one item. Take a snapshot or screen shot of the thumbs up after you submit your answers. Bring that in to receive your discount. Valid at Austin location ONLY. Valid until July 1, 2014.

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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.

Becky Garcia
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
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.

Jessica Uramkin
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
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.


Volunteer at Ten Thousand Villages in Austin, TX

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!

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. No previous experience or skills are required - just a friendly attitude and the desire to help. We ask that our volunteers work at least 2 shifts per month and we have a very flexible schedule to make it easy to fit your volunteer hours into your own schedule. Contact Jessica Uramkin, the Volunteer Coordinator at to sign up for the next volunteer orientation!

April Volunteer Schedule

May Volunteer Schedule

Want to gain experience and help our store reach the "Next Level"? You could be the next intern at Villages of Austin! Now accepting applications for the following positions:

Visual Merchandising Intern

Events Assistant Internship


Upcoming Events

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First Thursday on South Congress - May 1, 2014


Along with many other SoCo destinations, Ten Thousand Villages of Austin stays open late for this Austin-style block party every first Thursday of the month! Our fabulous volunteers will teach you about our fair trade products while The EP's play your favorite tunes live.

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First Saturday! - May 3, 2014


We're open at 8am every first Saturday of the month for your shopping convenience. Parking is a breeze this early in the morning :)

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World Fair Trade Day Challenge - May 4, 2014 - May 10, 2014

Be a Fair Trade Hero.


Are you up to the CHALLENGE?


Fair Trade Challenge: May 4th-10th

In celebration of World Fair Trade Day, be a challenger and join the movement in raising awareness!

Be an example of what it means to live the fair trade life.

Here’s how it works…

  • Sign up here:
  • EAT, DRINK, USE, WEAR fair trade products each day
  • TAG pictures of how you are eating, drinking, wearing using them
  • POST on your favorite social media website
    • Facebook- Post your pictures as comments on our daily Fair Trade Challenge status updates.
      • We’ll share our favorites on our wall!
  • Twitter- use our handle @AustinVillages
    • We’ll retweet our favorites!
  • Instagram – tag us @AustinVillages
    • We’ll repost our favorites!
  • Stick it to ‘em and wear an “I am Fair Trade” sticker each day to show your dedication to the cause!

World Fair Trade Day Party: May 10th 10a-8pm at the store

Enjoy live music, coffee, chocolate… and more!

Raise awareness. Be Fair Trade.

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Store Hours for Ten Thousand Villages in Austin, TX

Regular Hours

Open until 10pm on the First Thursday of every month!

Monday: 10am-7pm
Tuesday: 10am-7pm
Wednesday: 10am-7pm
Thursday: 10am-7pm
Friday: 10am-8pm
Saturday: 10am-8pm
Sunday: 11am-6pm

International Women's Day

Congratulations to this years Outstanding Austin Change-Makers of 2014!
Special thanks to Sara Hickman our extraordinary host of the evening.

• Sharon Lowe - Foundation for the Homeless - FINALIST
• Caroline Boudreaux - The Miracle Foundation - WINNER
• Laura Donnelly - Latinitas - FINALIST

• Sarah Richards - Colorado River Alliance - FINALIST
• Lisa Jeffrey - Austin Community Tree Program - FINALIST
• Robin Rather - Collective Strength - WINNER

• Missy McCullough- Animal Trustees of Austin - WINNER
• Diane Crowe - Crowe's Nest Farm - FINALIST
• Michelle Stoeffler - Pug Rescue of Austin - FINALIST

Suzy Swingle
Vanessa Stone
Elizabeth Walsh

This year's finalists and winners were chosen by a judges panel comprised of previous International Women's Day winners and leaders in Austin's nonprofit community: Paige Oliveria with Urban Patchwork, Leslie Beasley with Open Arms, and Liz Parker with Austin Pets Directory.

Congratulations to all the Outstanding nominees for 2014!

Brandi Clark Burton
Erin Flynn
Jill Nokes
Animal Welfare
Tabitha Galeana
Amy Gelfand
Dara Rose
Sheila Smith
Suzy Swingle
Jamie Amelio
Monica Benoit-Beatty
Sera Bonds

Jessa Sunshine Christian
Susan Cox
Katie Jo Dixon
Lynne Dobson
Sophie L. Eckrich
Linda Foraker
Sonia Kotecha
Alicia Smith Kriese
Jennifer Long
Liza Manjarrez
Bertha Means
Keena Miller

Susan Pimiento
Amanda Quraishi
Dani Slabaugh
Vanessa Stone
Amy Temperley
Angela-Jo Touza-Medina
Cristina Tzintzun
Rocio Villalobos
Marisa Vogel
Carol Waid
Sari Waxler
Lora Williams
Mary Braunagel-Brown