St. Paul, MN

867 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105

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New Items - September


Charming wire giraffes and impalas add to our collection of wire animals made in Cape Town, South Africa. Crafted by artisans who are primarily refugees or asylum seekers, artisan organization African Home seeks to provide economic opportunities and help lower South Africa's high unemployment rate. Impala 12"x15", Giraffe 6"x16", $24.95 

Stunning swirls of color make these vases from Hebron Glass truly one of a kind pieces. Located on the West Bank, Hebron Glass has been crafting glassware for over a century. From below left: Ancient Secret Phoenician Vase 4.5"x10", $79.95; top right and bottom: Phoenician Glass Mini Vase 2"x3", $29.95

The Muruku Serving Platter comes from Noah's Ark International Exports, an organization that seeks to alleviate the exploitation of artisans. Noah's Ark primarily works with women who are able to work from their homes and therefore attend to their children and household chores. To the right, Embossed metal, 13"D, $39.95

New Book

We are excited to be carrying Where Am I Wearing? In this book, author Kelsey Timmerman takes out a second mortgage so that he can travel the world to find the source of his clothing. Timmerman travels to factories in China, Honduras, Bangladesh and Cambodia. He meets people who work in the factories and spends time with their families. This is a great read for anyone who wants to learn about the history and the complex nature of the garment industry in the US and around the world. $18.95 

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


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Upcoming Events

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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