About Ten Thousand Villages in Ann Arbor, MI
Ten Thousand Villages in Ann Arbor, MI, is a fair-trade retailer of artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories, clothing, and gift items from across the globe.
We feature products from more than 20,000 artisans in over 30 countries. We are part of a network of stores selling Ten Thousand Villages products in the U.S. and Canada.
As one of the world’s oldest and largest fair-trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages has spent more than 70 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) and the Fair Trade Federation, Ten Thousand Villages sees fair trade as an alternative approach to conventional international trade.
Ten Thousand Villages of Huron Valley opened its doors on Main Street in Ann Arbor, Michigan in October 2004, becoming the first Fair Trade, non-profit handicraft retail store in the city. The Ann Arbor store is proud to rank as one of the most successful stores in a chain of over 75 stores in the U.S. and Canada.
Come visit us at 303 South Main Street soon and enjoy the world music, fair trade coffee samples and upbeat atmosphere that attracts so many to our store. We can comfortably promise that you will find our unique, handcrafted, and reasonably priced merchandise a real ‘find.’ Whether you are furnishing your home, looking for that perfect piece of jewelry, or buying a gift, let us help you discover the wonder of Ten Thousand Villages. We’d love to be your store of choice, as we have for so many other dedicated customers from near and afar.
Consider joining us as a volunteer. More than 60 dedicated individuals volunteer their time in support of a small core staff. To volunteer, visit our store and talk to one of our staff members about the opportunities and training available.