About Ten Thousand Villages in Asheville, NC
Ten Thousand Villages in Asheville, NC, is a fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories and gift items from across the globe. Featuring products from more than 130 artisan groups in some 35 countries, we are part of a network of over 390 retail outlets throughout the United States selling Ten Thousand Villages products.
A founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), 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.
Sara is the Store Manager. She has been with the store in various capacities including volunteer, member of the Board of Directors, sales associate and assistant manager since 2008. Sara has visited artisans in Guatemala, Bangladesh and India and would love to come speak to your group about these experiences.
Julie Johnston is the Assistant Manager. She began volunteering at Ten Thousand Villages in 2018 and now coordinates our amazing volunteers and helps to run the store. Need help accessorizing you home or outfit with fair trade flair? She’s got you covered.