Cambridge, MA

Central Square, 694 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139

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Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm

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Enjoy the final fruits of the season al fresco with autumn-painted trees as a brilliant backdrop. Celebrate the harvest with handcrafted coziness in colors that complement nature’s palette.

Join the oldest and largest fair trade retail network in North America. Ten Thousand Villages in Cambridge is seeking an individual with retail experience, a commitment to our mission, and excellent organizational and communication skills to fill our Seasonal Part-Time Sales Associate position.

For a detailed job description visit the Careers page. To submit your resume call the store at 617-876-2414 or visit us in person.

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.


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

Sales & Events

Upcoming Events

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Toy/Teddy Bear Donation Drive - October 1, 2014 - October 31, 2014

Donate a new stuffed toy to the Strategies for Youth-In The Presence of Children Campaign and receive a "Golden Ticket" worth 15% Off your total purchase! (valid November 3-30, 2014; not to be combined with promotional sale or clearance items)

Your "Golden Ticket" also earns you an entry into a Raffle that will be held at our Strategies for Youth Shopping Fundraiser all day on Sunday, November 2.***

Get a FREE Gift with your purchase (while supplies last)! 10% of our sales will be donated to this outstanding national advocacy and training organization dedicated to improving police and youth interactions. Please go to for more information.

***Donations will be accepted and Shopping Fundraiser will take place at the following Ten Thousand Villages locations:

Downtown Crossing, 252 Washington St, Boson, MA
Phone: 617-372-8743

Coolidge Corner, 226 Harvard St, Brookline, MA
Phone: 617-277-7700

Central Square, 694 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA
Phone: 617-876-2414

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In the Presence of Children - November 2, 2014


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
Phone: 617-372-8743

Coolidge Corner, 226 Harvard St, Brookline, MA
Phone: 617-277-7700

Central Square, 694 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA
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.


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FREE Meditation Series - November 7, 2014


FREE Compassion/Loving Kindness Meditation Series!

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)

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

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.

What is planned:
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


'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 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:; or

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

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