Ten Thousand Villages
Ten Thousand Villages, Atlanta’s original fair trade retailer, opened in Virginia-Highland in 1993. Offering unique home decor, gifts, personal accessories and jewelry from more than 40 countries around the globe, this charming shop offers a unique shopping experience. Sadly, the store will close its’ doors early in 2018 and issued this announcement:
“It is with great difficulty that we announce the closing of Ten Thousand Villages Atlanta after 24 wonderful years. Business conditions for our locally-funded brick and mortar shop have changed dramatically since we opened in 1993, and after careful consideration of the past several years, the consistent challenges in our location, increasing competition from online shopping, and the changing retail climate, we have concluded it is time for us to cease operations.
As a non-profit organization, our goal has always been to support artisans in developing countries around the world and educate our community about how purchasing fair trade products allows these artisans to rise out of poverty and provide for their families. Since 1993 we have made over $3,000,000 in purchases from our artisan groups allowing many individuals and families to lead a better life. We have educated our community about the importance of helping others through the purchase of ethically produced goods and we have contributed to other non-profits and charitable organizations so they can continue their good works. We feel incredibly proud of what we have accomplished in two decades, and equally proud of the customers who have been so faithful to support that work through shopping with us.
We will be closed Jan 1st and 2nd in order to prepare for our closing sale which will begin Wednesday, January 3. Everything in the store will be 25% off and we ask those of you who have supported us so faithfully to, one more time, help us by shopping so we may sell as much product as possible in as short a time as possible. Thank you for your wonderful support of our store and mission, whether you’ve only just discovered us, or whether you’ve been with us since the beginning.
Ten Thousand Villages Board of Directors and Staff”
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