Houston, TX

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

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

November 6 - December 18

Mon-Fri: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

We will be closed:
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
New Year's Day

and closing at 4:00 pm
Thanksgiving Eve
Christmas Eve
New Year's Eve

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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 Us

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

Upcoming Events

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Savings That Sparkle Jewelry Sale - November 28, 2014 - November 29, 2014

savings that sparkle sale

IN STORES NOV 28-29

savings that sparkle sale

From classic keepsakes to bohemian beads,
our selection of styles and colors covers
every girl on your gift list.
GIVE GORGEOUS THIS HOLIDAY


Artisans have been paid in full. Discount applied to item of equal or lesser value. At participating stores 11/28/14 and 11/29/14. Check local store for hours and participation. Not valid with other offers or discounts, or on the purchase of gift cards or Traveler’s Finds.

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Texas Nurses Association District 9 - December 2, 2014

6pm - 8pm

Please join us for a community shopping night to benefit TNA District 9 from 6-8 p.m. TNA District 9 supports nurses and professional nursing practice across eight Texas counties - Harris, Walker, Waller, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Trinity, Liberty and Fort Bend. The District endeavors to promote the professional development of nurses, to foster high standards of nursing practice, and to improve health care services for all people.

TNA District 9 sponsors many exciting programs that educate and recognize nurses. During our Nursing Celebration Gala each year, we honor twenty nurses for their professional contributions. Additionally, we present scholarships to nursing students and award research grants to nurses engaged in research important to nursing practice and patient well-being.

For more information on this organization: www.tnadistrict9.org

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Zonta Club of Houston Shopping Night - December 3, 2014

6pm - 8pm

Please join us for a community shopping night to benefit ZONTA CLUB OF HOUSTON (ZCH) from 6-8 p.m.


The Zonta Club of Houston (ZCH) is an organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through education, service, advocacy and fundraising on the local and international level.

Our members are among Zonta International's more than 30,000 members in over 1200 clubs worldwide located in 65 countries. ZI was founded in Buffalo, New York, USA, in 1919, by a woman entrepreneur who wanted to perform community service work at a time when Rotary did not allow women members ... and Zonta is proud to have had Amelia Earhart as a member.

Zonta International has Consultative Status with several United Nations Organizations including UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund), UN Women (United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women) and ILO (the International Labor Organization).

ZCH also has a 501c3 organization: the ZCH Educational and Charitable Fund (ZCHECF). The fund's primary purpose is to provide scholarships and fund service projects that advance the status of women in the greater Houston area as well as globally through contributions to the Zonta International Foundation.

The Zonta Club of Houston, working through the ZCHECF, supports Zonta International's service and scholarship programs as well as sponsoring its own programs locally. ZCHECF awards a scholarship annually for an outstanding local young woman involved in public affairs and attending secondary school (Young Woman in Public Affairs). They also award a scholarship to an outstanding young woman studying business at the university level (Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship).

The members of the ZCH perform hands-on service at several local agencies whose mission is to improve the education, health and/or economic status of women.


For more information on this organization: www.zontahouston.org

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Foundation Fighting Blindness Shopping Night - December 4, 2014

6pm - 8pm

Please join us for a community shopping night to benefit Foundation Fighting Blindness from 6-8 p.m.

The urgent mission of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, Inc. is to drive the research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for people affected by retinitis pigmentosa (RP), macular degeneration, Usher syndrome, and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases.

More than 10 million Americans of every age and race suffer vision loss from these blinding diseases. The Foundation has funded thousands of research studies at hundreds of prominent institutions worldwide. Currently, the Foundation funds 129 grants and 71 institutions. The Foundation funds leading-edge research in promising areas such as genetics, gene therapy, retinal cell transplantation, and pharmaceutical and nutritional therapies. Since its inception on September 16, 1971, the Foundation has raised more than $450 million. The Foundation has 50 volunteer-led groups across the U.S. These dedicated volunteers raise funds, increase public awareness, and provide support to their communities. The Foundation provides information and outreach programs for patients, families and professionals.

For more information on this organization: www.blindness.org

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CultureMap Holiday Pop-Up Shop - December 7, 2014

12 pm - 6 pm

CultureMap, the largest digital lifestyle brand in Texas, is throwing the ultimate holiday shopping party! The first-ever Holiday Pop-up Shop, sponsored by Lexus, will feature 25 Houston retailers — clothing for men and women, jewelry and accessories, home decor, and edibles — selected by the editorial team. The event takes place Sunday, December 7, noon-6 pm, at Silver Street Studios.

Attendees will have the opportunity to shop for gifts from all of the following local brands: • Alexandra Knight • Andrea Montgomery Designs • Baanou • Brooke Feather • Cakewalk Style Shop • Carla Cristoph • Cuatro • Estilo Salon • French Cuff Boutique • Katie Design • KB Kasuals • Manoosh • New Living • Phoenicia • Pomp & Circumstance • Q. Clothier and Rye 51 • Saint Cloud • Sam and Lilli • Shop the Symphony • Space • Ten Thousand Villages • Tootsies • Tres Chic • WildBloom Boutique

In addition to shopping, guests will enjoy cocktails, festive food, holiday entertainment, crafting stations, complimentary gift-wrapping, and music. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online. Proceeds benefit the VICTORY and Washington Avenue Arts District.

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Navidad Market at St. Andrew's Presbyterian - December 7, 2014

Please join us for a community offsite sale, The Navidad Market at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.

Navidad Market

When: Sunday, December 07, 2014  @  10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Where: Family Center at the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church   5308 Buffalo Speedway  Houston, TX  77005  (713) 667-1703

Once a year, the Missions Ministry provides our St. Andrew’s family with the opportunity to support our missions and ministries through our Navidad Market, featuring unique, handcrafted, fair trade gifts.

Link: www.sapch.org/

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ProSalud Shopping Night - December 8, 2014

6pm - 8pm

Please join us for a community shopping night to benefit ProSalud from 6-8 p.m. The mission and purpose of ProSalud is to promote health awareness among Hispanic immigrants that lack access to adequate health care, and to empower them to take charge of their own health through education, prevention and access to local resources.

Link: http://www.prosaludhouston.org

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Amigos de las Américas Shopping Night - December 9, 2014

6pm - 8pm

Please join us for a community shopping night to benefit Amigos de las Américas (AMIGOS) from 6-8 p.m.

Founded in 1965 in Houston, Amigos de las Américas (AMIGOS) is an international, non-profit organization that provides unparalleled leadership and community service opportunities for young people while concurrently contributing to the well-being of hundreds of communities throughout the Americas.

Supported by a strong network of Pan-American chapters, high school and college students from diverse backgrounds dignity, respect for differences, harmony, sensitivity and tolerance.

AMIGOS Volunteers immerse themselves in the lives of their host communities and truly experience collaborative development work. For more information on this organization: www.amigoslink.org/houston-chapter

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United Against Human Trafficking Shopping Night - December 10, 2014

6pm - 8pm

Please join us for a community shopping night to benefit United Against Human Trafficking (UAHT) from 6-8 p.m.

UAHT exists to prevent and confront modern-day slavery by educating the public, training professionals and empowering the community to take action for the purpose of identifying, rescuing and restoring trafficking victims to freedom.

UAHT envisions individuals taking responsibility for the role they play in their own community, and mobilizes those individuals to work together to: identify the causes of human trafficking, recognize the evidence of the evil being done in their cities and counties, and free the victims of this social injustice.

UAHT Values: A commitment to leading the way as brokers of change in the anti-human trafficking movement. Collaborating with a diverse group of organizations in order to be more effective and build community capacity. The pioneering spirit, by developing ground-breaking, innovative means of tackling the issue of human trafficking. Human dignity and basic human rights for all individuals.

For more information on this organization: www.uaht.org/

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AFS Shopping Night - December 11, 2014

6pm - 8pm

Please join us for a community shopping night to benefit AFS from 6-8 p.m.

AFS is an international, voluntary, non-governmental, non-profit organization that provides intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world. AFS enables people to act as responsible global citizens working for peace and understanding in a diverse world. It acknowledges that peace is a dynamic concept threatened by injustice, inequity and intolerance. AFS seeks to affirm faith in the dignity and worth of every human being and of all nations and cultures. It encourages respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms without distinction as to race, sex, language, religion or social status. AFS activities are based on our core values of dignity, respect for differences, harmony, sensitivity and tolerance.

For more information on this organization: www.afs.org

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Brigid's Place Shopping Night - December 12, 2014

6pm - 8pm

Please join us for a community shopping night to benefit Brigid’s Place from 6-8 p.m.


Brigid's Place is dedicated to the process of spiritual transformation and the recognition of the divine presence within all creation. Our goal is to create opportunities for growth and integration through conversation, experience, hospitality, ritual, service and study. Brigid's Place is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, providing spiritual transformation and empowerment through programs, classes and workshops. Our home is at Christ Church Cathedral, but new programs and sites throughout Houston are added in response to demand. Brigid's Place is not a religious organization.

For more information on this organization: www.brigidsplace.org

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First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston Shopping Night - December 15, 2014

6:00-8:00 pm

We believe that spiritual understanding is a lifelong journey and we encourage our children, youth and adults to be curious and explore. Inspired by beauty, nature, science, great writers, religious texts, we gain insight from many sources. Believing in the inherent worth and dignity of each individual, we celebrate the individual's experience of spirituality. With a history of activism and social justice, we find ways to put our faith into action.

Unitarian Universalism is a faith that welcomes people of diverse ages, sexual orientation, gender identities, theologies, ethnic backgrounds and religious heritages.

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West U Rotary Club Shopping Night - December 18, 2014

6:00-8:00 pm

Rotarians have not only been present for major events in history—we’ve been a part of them. From the beginning, three key traits have remained strong throughout Rotary:

We’re truly international. Only 16 years after being founded, Rotary had clubs on six continents. Today we’re working together from around the globe both digitally and in-person to solve some of our world’s most challenging problems.

We persevere in tough times. During WWII, Rotary clubs in Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, and Japan were forced to disband. Despite the risks, many continued to meet informally and following the war’s end, Rotary members joined together to rebuild their clubs and their countries.

Our commitment to service is ongoing. We began our fight against polio in 1979 with a project to immunize 6 million children in the Philippines. By 2012, only three countries remain polio-endemic—down from 125 in 1988.

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Hours

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

November 6 - December 18

Mon-Fri: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

We will be closed:
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
New Year's Day

and closing at 4:00 pm
Thanksgiving Eve
Christmas Eve
New Year's Eve