St. Paul, MN

867 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105

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Passport to Fair Trade Fashion
We will once again have beautiful, fair trade clothing this spring available for purchase! Starting mid-April we will showcase fair trade women's clothing from Global Mamas, Mata Traders, Mehera Shaw, and Raven + Lily. More details to come about the clothing and fashion show!

Bombolulu Workshop Fire
We are sad to announce that our friends at Bombolulu Workshop in Kenya experienced a fire in early March. While no one was injured, the entire stock was wiped out. We are showcasing the beautiful jewelry made by artisans who are blind or deaf. More information to come regarding a Benefit Event. 

What's in Store 

Following a trip to Tanzania, local author SissyMarySue was inspired to write a children's book Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope focused on themes of empathy and compassion. Jelly Beans is a cheetah whose spots are - you guessed it - jelly bean-shaped. He experiences bullying from his peers but is taught to cope with music. He experiences many tragedies, but learns to overcome them with the help from compassionate friends. This book is a great one for young and old alike! $24.95

This gorgeous Dragonfly Necklace 
would make a lovely Mother's Day gift. From Tara Projects, an organization that supports over 1,000 artisans in India. 20.5 inches long, white metal, $14.  

Free Parking
Avoid the busy parking lot and on street parking by spending a minimum of $5 at Ten Thousand Villages and receive one hour free parking in the ramp. Bring your parking pass to validate. 

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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 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, March 31
Tuesday, May 5
Tuesday, June 2

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