St. Paul, MN

867 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
651-225-1043
stpaul@tenthousandvillages.com

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International Women's Day
We are celebrating women February 27-March 8. A select group of items such as lip balm, cookware, and accessories will be marked 25% off. The Shea Butter Cream (pictured) is made by female artisans in Ghana, where shea butter is also used in cooking and as an anti-inflammatory.


Anniversary Sale
March 19-22
We are celebrating our 33rd anniversary! We are so grateful to the artisans, customers, volunteers and staff who have supported us over the years. Stop by before the sale to pick up a coupon for 20% off your purchase. Artisans have been paid in full.


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 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

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 volunteercoordinator.stpaul@tenthousandvillages.com 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

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ONLINE VOLUNTEER CALENDAR

Sales & Events

Upcoming Events

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Anniversary Sale - March 19, 2015 - March 22, 2015

We are celebrating our 33rd anniversary! We are so grateful to the artisans, customers, volunteers and staff who have supported us over the years. Stop by before the sale to pick up a coupon for 20% off your purchase. Artisans have been paid in full.

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Hours

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