Houston, TX

2424A Rice Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005
713-533-1000
manager.houston
@tenthousandvillages.com

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Sunday: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Welcome to Ten Thousand Villages Houston!

Ten Thousand Villages Houston is a nonprofit fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted items from more than 130 artisan groups in some 38 countries.  We are part of a network of more than 156 retail outlets throughout the United States selling Ten Thousand Villages products.

As one of the world’s oldest 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 gift items, personal accessories and home decor from across the globe.

To many, fair trade is just an economic term.  Our definition, however, runs far deeper. At Ten Thousand Villages, fair trade is a partnership based on dialogue, mutual understanding, respect and direct contact between ourselves and our artisan partners in developing countries.  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.


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About Ten Thousand Villages in Houston, TX

Ten Thousand Villages in Houston, TX, is a fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories and gift items from across the globe. Featuring products from more than 130 artisan groups in some 38 countries, we are part of a network of over 390 retail outlets throughout the United States selling Ten Thousand Villages products.

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.

The vision for this global movement began with Edna Ruth Byler, a social entrepreneur before her time. Byler believed she could provide sustainable economic opportunities for skilled artisans in developing countries by creating a viable marketplace for their products in North America. Starting in 1946 she launched a grassroots campaign in central Pennsylvania, selling handcrafted products out of the trunk of her car and sharing information with customers about the lives of the artisans who made them. Byler’s tireless efforts over the next 30 years led to the establishment of Ten Thousand Villages, now a global network of more than 110 artisan groups in 35 countries and 78 retail outlets throughout the United States.

Ten Thousand Villages was selected in 2007 and 2008 as a Zonta Charitable Fund designated non-profit recipient.  Zonta International is a global organization of female executives and professionals which works to improve the legal, political, economic and social status of women worldwide.  For more information about Zonta, click here http://www.zontahouston.org/.

Volunteer

Volunteer at Ten Thousand Villages in Houston, TX

We welcome you to join our village of volunteers! As a nonprofit organization, we are run primarily by a diverse and dynamic team of volunteers.  Volunteers serve a variety of functions and are crucial to our success, helping us to keep our overhead costs lower, which allows us to purchase more from artisans.  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 8 hours per month and we have a very flexible schedule to make it easy to fit your volunteer hours into your own schedule.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering!

  
Shiftboard Online Volunteer Scheduling and CommunicationsOur store utilizes the Shiftboard online volunteer scheduling system where you can pick the exact times and positions that work best for you. It's easier than ever to get involved and choose fun-filled volunteer positions, and stay connected with our local store, people and activities. Daily volunteer opportunities include greeting and interacting with customers, unpacking and checking orders, assisting with displays and operating the cash register.

If you are interested in volunteering, you may apply online. The volunteer manager will contact you when the next new volunteer orientation is scheduled. You can always contact our store directly for more information at 713-533-1000.

Sales & Events

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A Sale to Celebrate Women - February 27, 2015 - March 8, 2015

25% OFF
SELECT GIFTS MADE
BY WOMEN FOR WOMEN
THROUGH SUNDAY, MARCH 8

international women's day

Every day, everywhere women go to work, care for their families, build communities and create joy for others. Celebrate the women you treasure and honor the skills of women around the world with these handcrafted gifts.

international women's day

Treat your morning coffee mates. These cinnamon and clove-scented SPICED TRIVETS are crafted by artisans of the UPAVIM cooperative. Sales of their products, made from traditional Guatemalan textiles, provide personal income and fund child care, preschool programs and a community health clinic.

international women's day

Ready for a fancy Friday out or a comfy Saturday in (just like she is!), the DENIM BLUESY SCARF is hand-woven by the Nepali artisans of Manushi, a name that translates to “energetic woman.” The group works to empower rural women with skills that create income opportunities and self-confidence.

international women's day

Spoil her (we won’t tell) with luxurious LIP BUTTER made from pure shea and essential oils. Harvested from trees in northern Ghana, shea nuts are processed by hand into rich moisturizing butter by women living in Ghana’s poorest region, providing them vital income to feed, clothe and educate their families.


Artisans have been paid in full. Offer valid on select merchandise at participating stores through 3/8/15 and online until 11:59 p.m. ET on 3/8/15. Check local store for participation. Not valid with other offers or discounts.

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International Women's Day Celebration! - March 7, 2015

In honor of International Women's Day, we'll be celebrating a day early at the store. Free treats for all, and free gifts with purchase. Bring your friends and family!

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Asia Society Night Market - March 27, 2015

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Asia Society Night Market is back, and Ten Thousand Villages Houston is honored to be an invited vendor. This vibrant night of food, vendors, and crafts will offer a free first look at their new exhibition, "The Other Side: Chinese and Mexican Immigration to America." Come check out the formal exhibition, and then take home something home from our new line of Mexican folk art!

Asia Society Texas Center is located at 1370 Southmore Blvd., Houston, TX 77004. Find out more about this free event at: http://asiasociety.org/texas/events/night-market-exhibition-opening-0

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Mon-Sat: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM