St. Paul, MN

867 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105

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September at Ten Thousand Villages St Paul

As the weather cools, warm your heart and hearth with the vibrant hues of a hand-knotted oriental rug! Complete the room with furniture from our newly expanded selection, each piece expertly handcrafted from salvaged wood. Then share a recipe from “Share”, our latest global cookbook. 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.

Fair Trade Oriental Rug Event!

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.

Tropical Salvage: old wood, new use, positive change.

We are happy to announce that we now carry fair trade furniture from Tropical Salvage!

Tropical Salvage reclaims old, quality hardwood in Indonesia and gives it new life in solid furniture. Never cut from a living tree, wood is salvaged from downed trees, entombed wood and deconstruction sites. The beautiful finish on Tropical Salvage pieces comes from their nontoxic ambolo finish.

Stop by the store to see these beautiful, unique, and world-changing items for yourself!

Pictured: Shangri-la Chair, $189.00; Compartment Shelving Unit (baskets not included); Pithecanthropus Table, $899.00.

Spa-liday Sale
September 15-22

Take time to practice a little self-care this September, or pick up a few small gifts for loved ones. Fair trade soaps, scrubbies, robes and other personal care items will be featured in our "Spa-liday Sale," and the more you buy, the more you save! Save 20% on two items, 30% on three items, and 40% on four items or more. All personal care items are included.

Women's Friendship Day
Sunday, September 21

National Women's Friendship Day takes place on the third Sunday of every September, and it's a great month to celebrate the bonds between women all over the world. For Women's Friendship Day or any occasion, our newest cookbook makes a great gift to honor a woman you like and admire. Share is a compilation of global recipes along with faces and stories from Women for Women International (WfWI). WfWI supports women in war-torn areas, providing knowledge and resources to help them rebuild their lives. One hundred percent of the publisher's profits go to WfWI. $40.

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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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