Austin, TX

1317 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704


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

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« August 2014 »


On July 12th We Set a World Record in celebration of the Dalai Lama's birthday.

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

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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!

August Volunteer Schedule

September Volunteer Schedule


Nonprofit Support Internship

Offsite Sale Coordinator Internship

Social Media & Marketing Internship

Sales & Events

Upcoming Events

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Open Early First Saturdays! - September 6, 2014


Enjoy plenty of free parking Saturday morning when we open at 8am.

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Celebration of Chocolate! - September 14, 2014


Free fair trade chocolate tasting! Sample 8 different chocolate flavors! Learn about the chocolate you eat and why it tastes so good. Learn about the small farmers who can provide for their families through fair trade.

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Spa-liday Sale - September 15, 2014 - September 22, 2014


40% OFF 4
30% OFF 3
20% OFF 2

Spa-liday Sale

Indulge in the savings

Artisans have been paid in full. Offer valid ONLINE until 11:59 p.m. ET on 9/16/14 and at participating stores until 9/22/14. Check local store for participation. Not valid with other offers or discounts.

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One Reason Why - September 19, 2014

6-9pm at Departure Lounge

Join us for One Reason Why, a fair trade art show and fundraiser.

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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

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