St. Paul, MN

867 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105

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Harvest Hospitality

Have a fair trade fall with Ten Thousand Villages! This month, our new items bring the beautiful colors of autumn indoors. And we have several fun events planned to celebrate the season. Please join us!

Harvest Basket Sale
October 6 - 20

Baskets in all shapes, sizes and colors, handwoven from natural and recycled materials, make great storage and decoration for your home. You can reap big savings on beautiful fair trade baskets, which are buy one, get one half off during our basket sale.

Pictured: Lidded Kaisa Basket, Bangladesh.

Grand Harvest
Saturday, October 11

Changing leaves, cooler temperatures and sunny skies make this one of the most enjoyable times to explore Grand Avenue. In honor of National Domestic Violence Prevention month (October), and Women's Advocates 40th Anniversary, 40 merchants along Grand have placed decorated scarecrows in their storefronts. Take a look and vote for Ten Thousand Villages scarecrow to win the contest!

One Big Holiday Bag Sale
Sunday, November 2

Get started on your holiday shopping during our biggest sale of the year! You can save 20% off anything you can fit in one of our medium-sized shopping bags (and we're pretty generous with the definition of "fit"). Browse the store the week before the sale (beginning October 26) to hold your favorite items. Then fill up your bag on November 2!

What’s In Store

Clockwise from top left: Linked Rings Candleholder, India; Twisted Iron Candleholder, India; Orange Spice Tablecloth, India; Fiesta Canister, Nicaragua.

GOOD NEWS FOR OUR VALUED CUSTOMERS: Parking just got easier!  With your purchase we will validate your ticket for one free hour of parking in Grand Place Ramp directly across the street. (Enter ramp on Victoria). Please bring in your ticket. Thank you!

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 30th anniversary in 2012. 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.

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


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Upcoming Events

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Store Hours
Mon-Fri: 10am-8pm
Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 11am-5pm
Mon, 9/1: Closed