About Ten Thousand Villages in Tallahassee, FL
As one of the world’s oldest and largest fair trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages has spent more than 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. A founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), Ten Thousand Villages sees fair trade as an alternative approach to conventional international trade.
Our network of non-profit retail stores, staffed by dedicated volunteers, enables us to bring a world of wonderful, hand-crafted items to you while paying our artisans a living wage.
Since its opening in July 2005, Ten Thousand Villages of Tallahassee has enjoyed the good will and enthusiastic support of the Tallahassee community. The opening realized the hope and the dreams of Tallahassee’s Emory Hingst, a retired Lutheran Minister, who had visited the Ten Thousand Villages store in Montreat, NC several years before. Over the ensuing eighteen months, Emory persuaded a group of committed local citizens to embrace his vision of a non-profit, fair trade store in north Florida. With the encouragement and guidance of Ten Thousand Villages US, the group raised start-up funds, formed a non-profit corporation operated by a Board of Directors, hired a manager, and recruited and trained volunteers for the store before opening its doors under the bright yellow awning. We are located in Market Square on Timberlane Road, in the heart of Tallahassee’s northeast shopping district.
One day all artisans in the developing countries will earn a fair wage, be treated with dignity and respect and be able to live a life of quality.
Ten Thousand Villages' mission is 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.
The inspiration for our name—Ten Thousand Villages—came from a Mahatma Gandhi quote: "…India is not to be found in its few cities but in the 700,000 villages…we have hardly ever paused to inquire if these folks get sufficient to eat and clothe themselves with." To us, each village in the world represents a unique, distinctive people…offering extraordinary products born of their rich cultures and traditions.
Our logo represents the values we want to invest in the name Ten Thousand Villages. The continuous line of rooftops reminds us we are all linked together as we live on this earth. The light in the doors and windows reminds us of homes of people with whom we work in many villages. The warm red color and hand-etched edge represent the materials and methods used to make the quality handicrafts we sell. Multiply the village idea by ten thousand and it represents the world we're working to build. We invite you to join us in making this vision a reality.
The Ten Thousand Villages Annual Report [6.91 MB] for the period April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013 is available as a PDF document.
Community Shopping Nights -- Tallahassee’s Ten Thousand Villages is not only devoted to helping the underprivileged in other countries, we are dedicated assisting those in need within our own Tallahassee community. Each month, we co-host at least one community shopping night to benefit other local nonprofit organizations. In exchange for introducing more people to our store, we donate 15% of our community shopping night proceeds to our nonprofit partner. Community Shopping Nights are typically conducted on Tuesdays or Thursdays between 5:00 and 8:00 pm. In the past year, we were delighted to host a number of nonprofit organizations, including the Women’s Pregnancy Center, St. Francis Wildlife Society, The Shelter, and Brehon Institute for Family Services.
Community Outreach (Speaker’s Bureau & Educational Presentations) -- Part of the mission of our Tallahassee store includes education about fair trade and its impact on the lives of people who produce and sell their products in fair trade markets like Ten Thousand Villages. We are available to make presentations to community groups, churches, and civic organizations. We can also conduct age appropriate educational sessions for elementary or secondary school students in school or Sunday school settings. Our presentations can be modified to adjust to your time constraints and can be conducted either at your location or in our store.
If you would like to know more about partnering with us for a community shopping night, having us talk to your organization, or hosting an off-site sale, please CALL 906-9010 or EMAIL Tallahassee@tenthousandvillages.com