About Ten Thousand Villages in Chapel Hill, NC
Ten Thousand Villages in Chapel Hill, 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 38 countries, we are part of a network of over 390 retail outlets throughout the United States selling Ten Thousand Villages products.
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.
We are collecting used jewelry for Pennies for Change Thrift Boutique in Durham. It is owned and operated by the Durham Crisis Response Center. Thrift store proceeds benefit victims of domestic violence. Receive a coupon for 15% off an entire purchase when you bring in unwanted jewelry in good condition. Learn more at www.penniesforchange.net.
When Keilayn talks to you about fair trade you can tell that she really cares about the artisans that are making our products. As an artist she has worked in printmaking, photography and jewelry design and spent many years as a picture framer. Keilayn is graduate of the UNC Fine Arts Department and a dedicated mother. She has a lot of love to go around and she shares it with everyone in our store everyday. In her spare time she enjoys meditating at the Chapel Hill Zen Center and hanging out with her awesome son Daniel. She would be happy to give talks and presentations on Fair Trade and our Artists from around the world to your church or school.
Barbara Geist-Woerner - Assistant Manager
Dianne Lemasters-Sales Associate
Abigail - Seasonal Sales Associate