St. Paul, MN

867 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105

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New August Items

This pair of Chevron Brass Earring comes from the fields of Cambodia. Made at Rajana Association from recycled bombshells, it would make a lovely gift for someone who likes bold jewelry. 1.5"L, $24.95

For the person who likes to travel the world, this Map of the World Necklace would be the perfect present. Made at Apriki in Indonesia, this artisan group is heavily focused on environmental conservation. 16"L, $39.95.


Teacher Appreciation

August 17-30

We are celebrating the fabulous teachers we've had throughout our lives, not to mention all of the retired teachers who volunteer at Ten Thousand Villages! Teachers will receive 20% off their purchase. Please bring your school ID.        

Back to School

The start of school is just around the corner and this stainless steel sandwich keeper would make a great lunch box. From India, the top says "yum" and the Hindi word for "tasty." Hand wash, 7Lx4.5Wx2H, $24.95.

New Vendors

Matr Boomie               

Started by Manish, an engineer working in Austin, TX, who traveled to his native India and was shocked by the level of poverty. In 2006 he started partnering with grassroots organizations that worked to train unskilled men and women into master artisans. Their yoga mat tote bags, rings, cotton fiber journals and wrapping papers are just stunning. We are absolutely thrilled to be carrying Matr Boomie's gorgeous merchandise.


Don't Forget!

Ten Thousand Villages validates parking in the ramp at the corner of Grand and Victoria. One hour free parking with a $10 purchase.

About Us

About Our Store

We are a nonprofit, fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted home décor, personal accessories and gift items from around the globe. Part of the world’s largest and oldest fair trade organization, our store features products from more than 130 artisan groups in some 40 countries.

We celebrated our 33rd anniversary in 2015. A tremendous debt of gratitude is owed to the many talented artisans, dedicated staff and volunteers, and loyal customers who have made this possible. Three decades of fair trade in the Twin Cities is really something to be proud of – Thank You!

Our Mission

To create opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term fair trading relationships.

About Ten Thousand Villages

Ten Thousand Villages has spent over 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. We are a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO).


Volunteer at Ten Thousand Villages

Our store could not run without the many generous volunteers, who support fair trade by donating their time. Their support is invaluable – volunteers provide outstanding support to our (small) paid staff, tremendous service to our customers, and a network of fair trade activism in the Twin Cities community.

Our volunteer program includes about 100 active volunteers, who work as sales associates and in many other areas of the store.

We offer the following as part of our volunteer program:

  • A thorough training to give our volunteers the tools they need to educate our customers about our mission, our artisan partners, and fair trade.
  • A variety of volunteer positions with flexible scheduling and a minimum commitment of 4 hours per month.
  • Generous discounts as an extra incentive (we know it’s not your primary motivation, but it doesn’t hurt)!

Get involved

Join us for an orientation to Ten Thousand Villages and an introduction to our volunteer program. Volunteer orientations are held at 6:30pm on the second Tuesday of each month. These orientations are popular and seating is limited, so please contact us at 651-225-1043 or to reserve your place.

Upcoming volunteer orientations are scheduled for:

Tuesday, Sept. 1
Tuesday, Sept. 29
Tuesday, Oct. 20

Regular Sales Associate Volunteer Shifts

Monday-Friday 10am-2 pm; 2pm-6pm; 6pm-8:30pm

Saturday            10am-12pm; 10am-2pm; 12pm-2pm; 2:00pm-6:00pm; 4:00pm-6:00pm


Sales & Events

Upcoming Events

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Save the date! Fair Trade Oriental Rug Event - September 9, 2015 - September 13, 2015

Join us for a special rug event featuring over 300 fairly traded rugs from Pakistan. Bunyaad is a wonderful organization that works with over 800 artisans in mostly rural parts of Pakistan. Don’t miss this special event!

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Intro to Fair Trade Oriental Rugs - September 10, 2015

Want to learn more?

Want to learn more about fair trade oriental rugs? Join us on Thursday, September 10 as the rug experts from Bunyaad share techniques, styles and how to care for rugs.

This event is free and open to the public. Save your spot by calling us at 651.225.1043.

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Store Hours

We are closed on Monday, Sept. 7 for Labor Day.

Mon-Fri: 10am-8pm
Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 11am-5pm