Boston, MA

Downtown Crossing, 252 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02108

Store Hours
Mon-Sat: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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Jewelry and accessories create a caravan of adventure to stretch across the summer. Necklaces and bracelets crafted of treasures found — from recycled glass to telephone wire. Clutches and totes weave intriguing tales. Chart new roads to explore … wander somewhere wonderful.

Stop by on your walk of the Freedom Trail on July 4! We will be open normal store hours this Friday from 10AM to 7PM.

About Us

About Our Store

Ten Thousand Villages offers a fair trade source for handmade gift items, home decor, jewelry and personal accessories crafted by skilled artisans around the world.

Our Boston location is right on the Freedom Trail close to Downtown Crossing, the Theatre District and Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Visit us soon!

Meet Our Staff

Wendy Ratner - Store Manager

"I like Ten Thousand Villages because it demonstrates that business can always be fair and ethical. Working here allows me to learn about the world every day - whether it's through learning about indigenous materials, traditional craft or empowering disadvantaged groups".

Favorite Item: Baskets from Phontong Handicrafts Cooperative in Laos

Sales Associates


“I’m so happy to be back in the store after a 7 year hiatus! My two kids are also excited that I’m working in a place that lends itself to buying them fair traded goodies! I really enjoy meeting people from all over the world that come in and am proud to tell them that fair trade is happening here in the United States.”






We welcome you to join our village of volunteers! As a nonprofit store, volunteers are crucial to our success, helping us to keep our overhead costs lower, which allows us to purchase more from artisans. Apply now to join our fun-filled volunteer positions - greeting and interacting with customers, unpacking and checking orders, assisting with displays and more. We welcome volunteers any time of the year.

Let us know you're interested by filling out an application at our store. You can also call or email us.

"As a volunteer at Ten Thousand Villags I was introduced to the beautiful shesham wood products crafted in India. it feels good to support artisans in another country and learn about their cultural vision through art." -Janell Acharya

Sales & Events

Upcoming Events

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Women for Women International Shopping Benefit - July 27, 2014


Join us in store to learn more about Women for Women International and Ten Thousand Villages' new partnership with them!

10% of our net sales for the whole day Sunday will be donated to benefit Women for Women International.

Women for Women International supports the most marginalized women in countries affected by conflict and war. Our programs teach women to earn and save money, improve health and well-being, influence decisions in their home and community, and connect to networks for support. Since 1993, we have served more than 400,000 women in 8 countries, including: Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Rwanda.

Learn more before hand at

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Some Like It Hot Sale! - July 29, 2014



for your backyard, porch and patio.
Plus … carefree, colorful jewelry and accessories.

Some Like It Hot Sale

Welcome Lanterns handcrafted in India.

Artisans have been paid in full. Offer valid at participating stores on select merchandise on 7/29/14 only. Not valid with other discounts.

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Store Hours
Mon-Sat: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM