Austin, TX

1317 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704
512-440-0440
austin@tenthousandvillages.com

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

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Thursday October 16th 6-9p
Departure Lounge $5 donation at the door

Purchase one of a kind and limited edition fairly traded art from the One Reason Why Collection. Listen to stories about the artisans and their craft and learn how beautiful fair trade is. What is your One Reason Why to support fair trade?

All art on display is for sale. Silent auction closes at 8:30pm. Short, live auction and story telling begins at 7:30p. Refreshments served and a cash bar from globally sourced beer and wine.

Want to support Ten Thousand Villages Austin and their vision to ensure that one day all artisans in the developing countries will earn a fair wage, be treated with dignity and respect and be able to live a life of quality? Donate below in any amount you prefer. We thank you for your support!


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.


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
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.

Christa
Christa 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.
 

Jess
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
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.

Volunteer

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!

Mission
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

Vision
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. Contact Alex Peters, the Volunteer Coordinator, at volunteers.austin@tenthousandvillages.com to sign up for the next volunteer orientation!

Our next Volunteer Orientation is on Thursday November 13th at 7pm

October Volunteer Schedule

November Volunteer Schedule

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Upcoming Events

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Open Early First Saturdays - November 1, 2014

8am

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

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Open Early First Saturdays - December 6, 2014

8am

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

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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.

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

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

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

HONORABLE MENTIONS
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