Cambridge, MA

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

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

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Safe Harbors

From ports of call around the world to the safe harbor of your home, these gifts and accents celebrate the docks and wharves — the spaces where the work is done. Inspired by rope and riggings, wood weathered by winds and waves, storied crafts anchor this seaworthy style.


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.

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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Give a Gem Drive - February 7, 2015 - March 8, 2015

Have a heart during the Valentine's Day season all the way through International Women's Day! Donate lightly worn jewelry to Dress for Success Boston, an organization empowering local women with the corporate attire needed to enter the job market with dignity, confidence and pride.

The one month drive starts on Saturday, February 7, 2014 and will go through Sunday, March 8, 2014. Donations will be accepted during store hours at all three Boston area Ten Thousand Villages locations: Downtown Boston, Ten Thousand Villages - Cambridge, and Ten Thousand Villages Brookline.

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A Sale to Celebrate Women - February 27, 2015 - March 8, 2015

25% OFF
SELECT GIFTS MADE
BY WOMEN FOR WOMEN
THROUGH SUNDAY, MARCH 8

international women's day

Every day, everywhere women go to work, care for their families, build communities and create joy for others. Celebrate the women you treasure and honor the skills of women around the world with these handcrafted gifts.

international women's day

Treat your morning coffee mates. These cinnamon and clove-scented SPICED TRIVETS are crafted by artisans of the UPAVIM cooperative. Sales of their products, made from traditional Guatemalan textiles, provide personal income and fund child care, preschool programs and a community health clinic.

international women's day

Ready for a fancy Friday out or a comfy Saturday in (just like she is!), the DENIM BLUESY SCARF is hand-woven by the Nepali artisans of Manushi, a name that translates to “energetic woman.” The group works to empower rural women with skills that create income opportunities and self-confidence.

international women's day

Spoil her (we won’t tell) with luxurious LIP BUTTER made from pure shea and essential oils. Harvested from trees in northern Ghana, shea nuts are processed by hand into rich moisturizing butter by women living in Ghana’s poorest region, providing them vital income to feed, clothe and educate their families.


Artisans have been paid in full. Offer valid on select merchandise at participating stores through 3/8/15 and online until 11:59 p.m. ET on 3/8/15. Check local store for participation. Not valid with other offers or discounts.

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FREE Community Meditation - Mindful Beat! - March 25, 2015

6:45-8pm

FREE Mindful Beat Community Meditation!
In partnership with Mindful Boston, we will be offering meditation events as a service to our community.

During Mindful Beat, we will meditate to a simple beat using drums or other percussion instruments. This style of engaging with mindfulness includes meditating on sound, movement, vibration and the other people who are drumming with you. No previous experience required; the meditation will be easy for beginners to understand.

Bring your own drum, or borrow a drum from Ten Thousand Villages. (Depending on availability)

Winter Schedule:
4th Wednesday of the month
January 28, February 25, March 25
At about 6:45pm we'll set up some seats and have a chat about what the meditation is about.

10% Discount:
As a bonus, all regular priced meditation related items will be 10% off on the days the sessions will be held. This includes but is not limited to drums, singing bowls, fountains, pillows, wind chimes, candles, and yoga CDs.

Reservations and Seating:
Space is limited to 15. To reserve your space please RSVP through Ten Thousand Villages Facebook Event or Mindful Boston's MeetUp 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" to reserve or purchase.

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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Crowd Rise Youth Work Force Fundraiser - April 26, 2015

12pm - 5pm

Join the Crowd and Rise up in support of The Work Force.

On Sunday, April 26, we will be donating 10% of our sales to this outstanding organization whose mission is to foster the personal and professional growth of teens in public housing by helping them to gain the competencies they need – at home, school and work – to create their own pathways to educational and economic success.

Founded in 1984, The Work Force is a comprehensive after-school educational enrichment and work-readiness program for low-income teens in Cambridge public housing. Nearly 95% of participants enroll in college or a technical program upon completion. Over 90% are currently pursuing higher education and/or are employed. And, two-thirds of participants who completed the program four or more years ago are no longer living in public housing!

This event will take place during regular business hours at Ten Thousand Villages in:
Cambridge - 694 Mass Ave - (617) 876-2414
Boston - 252 Washington St - (617) 372-8743

Please stay tuned for details and visit the following for more information about Cambridge Housing Authority's Work Force program:
https://www.crowdrise.com/workforce
http://chaworkforce.org/

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The Work Force Fundraiser - April 26, 2015

12pm - 5pm

Join us in support of The Work Force, a Cambridge Housing Authority Youth Program.

On Sunday, April 26, we will be donating 10% of our sales to this outstanding organization whose mission is to foster the personal and professional growth of teens in public housing by helping them to gain the competencies they need – at home, school and work – to create their own pathways to educational and economic success.

Founded in 1984, The Work Force is a comprehensive after-school educational enrichment and work-readiness program for low-income teens in Cambridge public housing. Nearly 95% of participants enroll in college or a technical program upon completion. Over 90% are currently pursuing higher education and/or are employed. And, two-thirds of participants who completed the program four or more years ago are no longer living in public housing!

This event will take place during regular business hours at Ten Thousand Villages in:
Cambridge - 694 Mass Ave - (617) 876-2414
Boston - 252 Washington St - (617) 372-8743

Please stay tuned for details and visit the following for more information about Cambridge Housing Authority and The Work Force:
https://www.crowdrise.com/workforce
http://chaworkforce.org/

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Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm