Cambridge, MA

Central Square, 694 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-876-2414
cambridge@tenthousandvillages.com

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Mon-Sat: 10 am - 7 pm
Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm

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This jewelry and accessories collection shines where unexpected materials meet and colors combine. Get cozy with coincidence in warm and woolen fabrics and scarves that are slubbed with twists of fate. Follow a road striped and straight, or take a turn on paisley’s swirling fortunes. Wrapped in pattern, wrought by hand, writ with luck, this collection is destined with design.

 

 

 

 

About Us

About Ten Thousand Villages in Cambridge, MA

Ten Thousand Villages in Cambridge, MA, 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.

Volunteer

We welcome you to join our village of volunteers! As a nonprofit store, volunteers are crucial to our success, helping us to keep our overhead costs lower, which allows us to purchase more from artisans. Apply now to join our fun-filled volunteer positions—greeting and interacting with customers, unpacking and checking orders, assisting with displays and operating the cash register. We welcome volunteers any time of the year.

Let us know you’re interested by filling out an application at our store. You can also contact our store for more information.

Contact Gia or Kate at 617-876-2414, or e-mail cambridge@tenthousandvillages.com

Sales & Events

Upcoming Events

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Spa-liday Sale - September 15, 2014 - September 22, 2014

IN STORES THROUGH MON, SEPT 22
TAKE A SPA-LIDAY SALE

40% OFF 4
30% OFF 3
20% OFF 2
ALL BATH & BODY PRODUCTS

Spa-liday Sale

Indulge in the savings


Artisans have been paid in full. Offer valid ONLINE until 11:59 p.m. ET on 9/16/14 and at participating stores until 9/22/14. Check local store for participation. Not valid with other offers or discounts.

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FREE Meditation Series - October 3, 2014

6:45pm - 8pm

Our FREE Compassion/Loving Kindness Meditation Series is starting up again - Welcome back!

For those of you that are new:
In partnership with meditation teacher Gena Bean from Mindful Boston, we will be offering Mindful Meditation events as a service to our community. Meditating on compassion and human connection is one of the traditional ways to build resiliency during times of stress.

10% Off:
As a bonus, all regular priced meditation related items will be discounted 10% on the days the sessions will be held. (singing bowls, fountains, pillows, wind chimes, hand cymbals, candles, incense, cat eye pillows and yoga CDs)

Dates and Time:
Winter/Spring series - 3rd Friday of each month
January 17, February 21, March 21
6:45pm to 8pm

Fall/Winter series - 1st Friday of each month
September 5, October 3, November 7
6:45pm to 8pm

Gena will be taking a break from leading our series during the summer. But please stay tuned. We'll be making interim plans to continue a Monthly Mindful Meeting of one kind or another.

What is planned:
There will be an informal schedule. At about 6:45pm we'll set up some seats and have a chat about what meditation is about. The hour we spend together will include discussion about compassionate healing for ourselves and each other as well as an experience of compassion meditation. The length of the meditation itself will probably be about 15 to 20 minutes long. No previous experience is required; the meditation will be easy for beginners to understand.

Reservations and Seating:
To reserve your space please RSVP through Ten Thousand Villages or Mindful Boston's Facebook Events pages or call the store (617-876-2414). Feel free to leave a message if you're calling outside of regular business hours. There are no "tickets" but a head count is helpful in order to prepare enough space for sitting together. There are seven chairs, but no zafu style cushions. If you need a chair, make sure to say 'reserve a chair' in your RSVP comments. Low stools and pillows (artisan crafted and available for purchase) will also be on hand to use although quantities will vary based on in-store availability. You may also feel free to sit on the floor and/or bring a pillow with you.

We're looking forward to seeing both new and familiar faces!

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Come Listen ~ Come Tell ~ Come Learn - October 7, 2014

7-9:30pm

A perfect partnership...The Story Space in a place where international artisan stories come to life through beautifully handcrafted treasures at Ten Thousand Villages!

Founded in 1992 right here in Cambridge by Brother Blue and his wife, Ruth Edmonds Hill, The Story Space is a community dedicated to making the world a better place through storytelling.

For over 65 years, Ten Thousand Villages has been dedicated to making the world a better place by improving the livelihood of disadvantaged artisans around the world who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed; building long term buying relationships so that they can pay for food, education, healthcare and housing.

You are invited to join The Story Space once a month here at Ten Thousand Villages. The first of these events will be on Tuesday, October 7th from 7-9:30pm. Come to listen, come to tell, come to learn!

For more information about The Story Space and their weekly Tuesday night events please visit: www.thestoryspace.org

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In the Presence of Children - November 2, 2014

12-5pm

You are invited to join us for a Community Shopping Fundraiser for the Strategies for Youth Campaign - Arresting in the Presence of Children.

On Sunday, November 2, from 12-5pm, 10% of our sales will be donated to Strategies for Youth. This outstanding national advocacy and training organization is dedicated to improving police/youth interactions through community engagement, police training, outreach programs for youth, and proactive use of multi-disciplinary approaches to problem solve and build relationships.

This event will take place at the following Ten Thousand Villages locations:

Downtown Crossing, 252 Washington St, Boson, MA
http://boston.tenthousandvillages.com
Phone: 617-372-8743

Coolidge Corner, 226 Harvard St, Brookline, MA
http://brookline.tenthousandvillages.com
Phone: 617-277-7700

Central Square, 694 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA
http://cambridge.tenthousandvillages.com
Phone: 617-876-2414

COMING SOON...Teddy Bear Donation Drive in October also in support of Strategies for Youth. All donations will receive a raffle entry. Drawings will be held at each of the above Ten Thousand Villages locations.

PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR FURTHER DETAILS ABOUT THIS EVENT AND THE OCTOBER DONATION DRIVE!

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FREE Meditation Series - November 7, 2014

6:45pm - 8pm

Our FREE Compassion/Loving Kindness Meditation Series is starting up again - Welcome back!

For those of you that are new:
In partnership with meditation teacher Gena Bean from Mindful Boston, we will be offering Mindful Meditation events as a service to our community. Meditating on compassion and human connection is one of the traditional ways to build resiliency during times of stress.

10% Off:
As a bonus, all regular priced meditation related items will be discounted 10% on the days the sessions will be held. (singing bowls, fountains, pillows, wind chimes, hand cymbals, candles, incense, cat eye pillows and yoga CDs)

Dates and Time:
Winter/Spring series - 3rd Friday of each month
January 17, February 21, March 21
6:45pm to 8pm

Fall/Winter series - 1st Friday of each month
September 5, October 3, November 7
6:45pm to 8pm

Gena will be taking a break from leading our series during the summer. But please stay tuned. We'll be making interim plans to continue a Monthly Mindful Meeting of one kind or another.

What is planned:
There will be an informal schedule. At about 6:45pm we'll set up some seats and have a chat about what meditation is about. The hour we spend together will include discussion about compassionate healing for ourselves and each other as well as an experience of compassion meditation. The length of the meditation itself will probably be about 15 to 20 minutes long. No previous experience is required; the meditation will be easy for beginners to understand.

Reservations and Seating:
To reserve your space please RSVP through Ten Thousand Villages or Mindful Boston's Facebook Events pages or call the store (617-876-2414). Feel free to leave a message if you're calling outside of regular business hours. There are no "tickets" but a head count is helpful in order to prepare enough space for sitting together. There are seven chairs, but no zafu style cushions. If you need a chair, make sure to say 'reserve a chair' in your RSVP comments. Low stools and pillows (artisan crafted and available for purchase) will also be on hand to use although quantities will vary based on in-store availability. You may also feel free to sit on the floor and/or bring a pillow with you.

We're looking forward to seeing both new and familiar faces!

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Uplift for Artlifting - November 17, 2014

3-8pm

'Women in Cambridge' is doing it again!

Join us this year for a Community Shopping Fundraiser in support of Artlifting whose mission is to empower homeless, disabled, and other disadvantaged individuals through the celebration and sale of their artwork.

10% of all purchases made from 3 - 8pm will be donated to Artlifting and will earn you a raffle entry for some fabulous prizes! Please visit www.artlifting.com for more information about this amazing local community organization.

This event will follow the traditional monthly Meetup format for Women in Cambridge. For more information about Women in Cambridge please visit: www.facebook.com/womenincambridge; www.meetup.com/Women-in-Cambridge/ or womenincambridge.com.

Yummy treats will be served stay tuned for the menu and details about the Raffle Prizes!

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Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm