Austin, TX

4803 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756

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

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« March 2015 »


Join us to celebrate International Women's Day!

Join us on Friday March 27th to celebrate the passion and hard work of women around the world, and here in Austin!

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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.

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!

March Volunteer Schedule

March - Burnet Road


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.

The dates for our next Volunteer Orientations are:
Wednesday, March 11th, 7pm at 1317 South Congress Ave
Saturday, April 4th, 9am at 4803 Burnet Road
Please email to RSVP.

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

International Women's Day

Join us in celebrating women around the world!

Please join us on Friday March 27th for our International Women's Day Celebration! Mingle with nominees and winners from our previous International Women's Day Awards, meet the honorees for 2015, and find out more about our women artisans working around the world. This is an opportunity to celebrate, learn, and build community with some of the most dynamic women in Austin!

Food will be provided by Winebelly Austin, accompanied by wine from Departure Lounge and dessert from Blue Note Bakery. Connection building will be a big part of this event, with previous nominees and winners ready to share their stories and experience. All are welcome to share and celebrate together!

Please RSVP via Eventbrite to attend. See you there!