St. Paul, MN

867 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105

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August at Ten Thousand Villages St Paul

Summer is in full swing in St Paul, and we love to decorate this season with fair trade products from our artisan partners around the world. Whether it's sprucing up your summer dining or finding the perfect accessory for your colorful warm weather outfits, our staff and volunteers at Ten Thousand Villages would be happy to help you add to your fair trade collection this August!  To make your trip easier, more parking is now available in our lot, and we validate 1 hour of parking at the Grand Place ramp.

World Caravan Clearance Sale Going On Now! 

Select items are 50% off, including beautiful personal accessories and home decor items.  Shop the sale early - many of these items are one-of-a-kind, and once they're gone, they're gone!

Lost Wax Drummer, Burkina Faso

Wrought Iron Bookends, Handcrafted in India

Wallflower Art, Vietnam

Cambodian Butter Crock, Cambodia

Teacher Appreciation

We love teachers! To show our appreciation, we’re offering 20% an entire purchase for all teachers and school staff (current and retired) August 17-31. ID is required.  Come find something great for your classroom, or treat yourself before the new school year!  Stay tuned: we will be offering a fair trade curriculum training soon, too!

Coming Soon: Fair Trade Oriental Rug Even

September 10-14

Over 300 Oriental rugs in sizes 2'x3' to 10'x14' will be available in the atrium in Victoria Crossing West. All rugs are made by adult men and women in Pakistan exclusively for Ten Thousand Villages. Fair trade assures a well-made, heirloom-quality rug for our customers and a fair, sustainable income for the weavers. 

Also, join us for our seminar-- Introduction to Oriental Rugs -- on Thursday, September 11 at 7pm. You'll learn from a rug expert all about how oriental rugs are made, from dyeing the wool to tying the fringes, as well as how fair trade makes a difference in the lives of artisans.

Visit to view rugs online.

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


Sales & Events

Upcoming Events

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ORIENTAL RUG EVENT - September 10, 2014 - September 14, 2014

Save the date for our fourth annual Oriental Rug Event, featuring fair trade carpets from Pakistan. This September, over 300 rugs will travel to our store for five days only. Each rug is unique, but all were handknotted by fairly paid adults in Pakistan.

To learn more about Oriental rugs, browse our inventory and see the difference fair trade makes in the lives of our artisans and the quality of our rugs, please click here >

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Spa-liday Sale - September 15, 2014 - September 22, 2014


40% OFF 4
30% OFF 3
20% OFF 2

Spa-liday Sale

Indulge in the savings

Artisans have been paid in full. Offer valid ONLINE until 11:59 p.m. ET on 9/16/14 and at participating stores until 9/22/14. Check local store for participation. Not valid with other offers or discounts.

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