Harrisonburg, VA

181 S. Main St.
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

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Mon-Sat: 10 am - 6 pm

Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm (SPECIFIC MONTHS ONLY)

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October is Fair Trade Month!

October is designated to celebrate fair trade and all the good it does all over the world. This is the time to share the stories of fair trade and bring a friend into the shop to help grow the movement! To celebrate, we will be highlighting a different artisan's  country each week that we get handmade products from to promote cultural awareness and appreciation. Make it a Fair Trade Fall at Ten Thousand Villages!

A Time for Giving Back

This season starts our time for giving back to the community. We will be hosting several Community Shopping Events this Fall and Winter for various local organizations that are making an impact in our area! At these shopping events, a percentage of the proceeds on a designated day will be donated to a certain organization. Come and shop those days to make an impact and give these awesome charitable organizations a bigger donation! For a full schedule of shopping events please see our Events tab or check out our Facebook page! If you think you know of an organization that would be interested in having one of these shopping benefits at our store, please contact us here at the shop or send an email to outreach.harrisonburg@tenthousandvillages.com for more details.

October 20-November 3 we are hosting a local food drive!

It's the season for giving! During these two weeks we will be collecting non-perishable food items to be donated to our local food bank. Take advantage of our convenient downtown drop-off location and the fact that everyone who donates will get a coupon to our store! Items that we most need to be donated include canned soups and stews, peanut butter, canned tuna and meat, canned beans, low-sugar cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, and packaged pasta or rice.

Join our Village of Volunteers: Help the Fair Trade Movement

Want to make a difference in our community and around the world? Looking to gain valuable skills in a social nonprofit setting? Then you're just what we're looking for! You can support Ten Thousand Villages’ mission of providing fair wages, dignity, and hope to artisans worldwide through Fair Trade partnerships by volunteering with us.

We need enthusiastic and friendly volunteers to join our Harrisonburg team now. If you are interested, please stop by the store, call, or email Kara at harrisonburg@tenthousandvillages.com to join the movement.

As always, we are still collecting new or gently worn shoes for the Well of Hope International Shoe Drive. The sale of these shoes in Kenya provides funds to purchase land and homes, providing secure shelter for widows and their children.

Shoes collected for Well of Hope International.

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About Us

About Ten Thousand Villages in Harrisonburg, VA

Ten Thousand Villages in Harrisonburg, VA carries fair trade artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories, and gift items from across the globe, including coffee, tea, chocolate, and more. Featuring products from more than 130 artisan groups in about 38 countries, we are part of a network of about 80 non-profit Ten Thousand Villages stores specializing in Fair Trade retail.

Our store started with the dream of two local women who became determined to begin a fair trade store in this area after a visit to the Ephrata, PA flagship store. In 1993 the store began as "International Impressions" and was located in a strip mall behind Harrisonburg's Valley Mall. From there, the store moved to the Shenandoah Farmer's Market and later to the Dayton Farmer's Market where it remained for fourteen years and took on the name "Ten Thousand Villages." In 2011, our store moved to its present location at 181 S. Main Street in downtown Harrisonburg.

Our Staff

Ten Thousand Villages Harrisonburg is made up of paid staff members, a handful of committed and passionate volunteers, and a nine member board of directors. Meet our current staff here (clockwise from bottom left: Jessie Hess, Outreach Coordinator; Carmen Miller, Sales Staff; Valerie Weaver, Executive Director; Karen Mast, Sales Staff; Elva Rhodes, Visual Merchandiser; and Kara Miller, Store Manager.)

Community Recognition

In years past we have been winners of several awards including the Daily News Records' "Best of the Valley" and Virginia Living's "Best of Virginia". We were honored again this year to win 'Best Downtown Shop' by Daily News Record readers in "Best of the Valley 2015".

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Volunteer at Ten Thousand Villages in Harrisonburg, VA

How do Volunteers Support the Mission of Ten Thousand Villages?
Enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers are a vital part of Ten Thousand Villages.  Volunteers are encouraged to learn as much as possible about the handicrafts and the people who make them so they can serve as advocates for the artisans, sharing their stories with customers.

Benefits of Volunteering at Ten Thousand Villages:
*Be a part of the worldwide growth of fair trade.
*Help promote justice internationally.
*Meet people with similar interests.
*Learn about our crafts from around the world and the people who made them.
*Develop new skills and talents.
*Have FUN while helping others.

Interested in Applying?

The application process includes a brief application form and an interview.  Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.  Training is fun and informative.  Most volunteers work a minimum of two 4-hour shifts per month.

To become a volunteer at Ten Thousand Villages, contact:
Kara Miller - Volunteer Coordinator
phone: 540-442-1010
email: harrisonburg@tenthousandvillages.com

Sales & Events

Upcoming Events

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Catholic Relief Services Community Shopping Event - October 16, 2015

Join us from 10am-6pm

Support economic and social justice for impoverished families around the world through fair trade. Today 15% of sales will be donated to Catholic Relief Services' Fair Trade Fund. CRS is one of our partners in on-the-ground projects that bring improvements to the lives and work of artisans in developing countries. Mention CRS at check-out to support the Fair Trade Fund!

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Cat's Cradle Community Shopping Event - October 18, 2015

Join us from 12-4pm

Today we will be donating a portion of proceeds to this wonderful local organization. Cat's Cradle is a no-kill animal shelter and adoption center focused on providing a safe and loving environment for cats. Come out on Sunday to shop fair trade and benefit Cat's Cradle!

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Holiday Food Drive - October 20, 2015 - November 3, 2015

Food Drive!

It's the season for giving! We will be collecting non-perishable food items to be donated to our local food bank. Take advantage of our convenient downtown drop-off location and the fact that everyone who donates will get a coupon to our store!

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New Bridges Community Shopping Event - October 25, 2015

A portion of our proceeds will be donated to New Bridges Immigrant Resource Center. New Bridges is a wonderful organization dedicated to connecting cultures and building community. Come help us embrace cultural diversity both here in the Valley and around the world by shopping our artisan products today!

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Store Hours

Mon-Sat: 10 am - 6 pm

Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm (SPECIFIC MONTHS ONLY)