Ten Thousand Villages

915 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314

(703) 684-1435


Monday - Saturday, 11 AM - 7 PM
Sunday, 12 PM - 6 PM
Summer & Holidays (Jun. 1 - Sep. 6 & Nov. 26 - Dec. 24)
Monday - Wednesday, 11 am - 7 pm
Thursday - Saturday, 11 am - 9 pm
Sunday, 12 pm - 6 pm


Now in our 16th year in historic Old Town, Ten Thousand Villages is Alexandria’s source for unique, handcrafted, and fairly traded gifts and home décor. And because everything is fairly traded, you can be confident that your purchases are helping families in countries far away. They really are “gifts that give twice.”

Jewelry and Accessories

Jewelry choices range from inexpensive beaded rings and bangle bracelets from India to fine silver made by artisans in Peru and the Tuaregs of Niger. Purses range from roomy and practical satchels to tiny glittering evening bags. Scarves run the gamut of styles and fabrics, from lightweight silks to brilliant Pashminas and soft-as-air alpaca.

Home and Garden

We sell fairly traded coffees, teas, and chocolates, as well as hearty and soul-satisfying soup, bread, and cookie mixes. Find cookbooks that help you stretch your food budget or get creative with chocolate. And to complement any meal, we have teapots and mugs, salad bowls and platters, elegant sushi sets and chopsticks, and of course, the table linens to serve them on. Our garden pottery from Vietnam includes tall planters to grace your entryway and small herb pots perfect for windowsills. And our bamboo furniture is lightweight and perfect for al fresco dining or relaxing on the balcony.

Books, Music, and Toys

Our books will open your mind and warm your heart as you learn about the growing Fair Trade phenomenon, or visit other families like yours around the world. You’ll find musical instruments for young and old, many that you’re never seen before. We have mbiras (thumb pianos) from Burkina Faso and Tanzania, clay ocarinas from Peru, and rain sticks that capture the spirit of falling water. Recorded music includes the latest CDs from Putumayo World Music. Our toy selection includes painstakingly crafted, brightly painted wooden puzzles; magical kites from Bali; and puppets, mobiles, and wind chimes filled with whimsy.