Chestnut Hill, PA

Chestnut Hill, 8331 Germantown Ave.
Chestnut Hill, PA 19118

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Ten Thousand Villages — A Fair Trade Retailer Since 1946

More than 60 years ago Edna Ruth Byler, a pioneering businesswoman, began selling handcrafted products from Puerto Rico out of the trunk of her car to help eradicate poverty. Today a global network of social entrepreneurs works to empower artisans in developing countries.

Chestnut Hill hosts it's 17th Annual Home & Garden Street Festival

Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill blossoms into an outdoor garden marketplace on Sunday, May 4th, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eat, play and discover all Chestnut Hill offers. Ten Thousand Villages Chestnut Hill will have special discounts, sampling of fair trade treats, raffles and give-a ways. The festival is free and $5 all-day parking is available in several of Chestnut Hill’s lots.

Host a Private Event or Educational Presentation at Ten Thousand Villages Chestnut Hill

Looking for a unique way to share memorable moments with family and friends, or give your class a boost?  Would you like to inspire your youth group or treat your organization to a special event?

Let us take your group on a special tour of our store and give you a greater look inside Fair Trade and Ten Thousand Villages. Ten Thousand Villages – Chestnut Hill will coordinate:

  • Private Shopping Nights
  • Student and Professional Group Presentations
  • Community Shopping Events to benefit local organizations in need

We are happy to work with groups of all ages and sizes; in our store or at your location. Please stop by our store, or email us at to start planning your special event.

Learn more about Fair Trade, the history of Ten Thousand Villages and about our talented artisan partners through an exciting presentation tailored to your group!

About Us

About Ten Thousand Villages Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia, PA

Ten Thousand Villages of Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia, PA, 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.

Ten Thousand Villages helps to preserve handmade crafting traditions passed down through generations. We hope to connect our customers to other cultures through artistic heritage and their stories, as they create lasting beauty in the world.

Since 2008, Ten Thousand Villages has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical (WME) Companies annually by the Ethisphere Institute. The Ethisphere Institute is the leading business ethics think-tank, publishing WME rankings since 2007. The Ethisphere Institute evaluates hundreds of companies through in-depth research and multi-step analysis.



How Do Volunteers Support the Mission of Ten Thousand Villages?

  • Enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers are vital to the success of Ten Thousand Villages and make it possible for Ten Thousand Villages to lower overhead costs. Volunteers are encouraged to learn as much as possible about the handicrafts we sell and the people who make them. We consider our volunteers to be Fair Trade Ambassadors because with this knowledge, our volunteers serve as advocates for artisans in countries around the world.

What Do Volunteers Do?

  • Sharing artisan stories. Unpacking a hand drum from India. Updating our website. Learning about Fair Trade. Showing a child where Kenya is on the map. Transporting recyclables to the recycling center. Restocking the store of handicrafts. Repairing broken items so they can be sold.

This is a just a sampling of the different types of activities undertaken by Ten Thousand Villages volunteers. Ten Thousand Villages volunteers work in a wide variety of areas.

  • Volunteers can participate in the following ways:

    Customer Service.  Customer Service Volunteers work on a wide variety of activities; from learning and sharing artisan stories with customers to ringing up handicraft sales and wrapping them for safe travel.

    Merchandise.  Merchandise Volunteers work with the handicrafts we sell; restocking the store, unpacking shipments from all over the world, and repairing items that have been broken.

    Technology.  Technology Volunteers help us with anything & everything electronic!  From maintaining our computer networking system to updating our website.  This is a flexible position that can be an "on-call" volunteer opportunity.


  • Volunteers must share an interest in achieving our mission.
  • Volunteers must be willing to follow organization policies and procedures.
  • Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.
  • A guardian must sign the Volunteer Release Form for any volunteer under the age of 18.
  • Every volunteer must complete an on-site orientation.
  • The orientation will include an overview of our mission, policies, procedures, and safety standards.
  • There may be additional training required for certain tasks.
  • Every volunteer must read, complete, and sign required paperwork (Volunteer Information Form, Release Form, and Orientation Checklist).

Applying to volunteer with Ten Thousand Villages is easy! 

1.  Submit your Volunteer Application to the Chestnut Hill store
2.  The Store Manager will contact you for a short interview
3.  We invite you to an introductory Part I Training
4.  You participate in additional trainings specific to your volunteer tasks

If you have any further questions, please contact or stop by the store


Upcoming Events

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Spring Doorbuster Sale! - April 26, 2014

Chestnut Hill 17th Annual Home & Garden Street Festival - May 4, 2014

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Chestnut Hill hosts it's 17th Annual Home & Garden Street Festival

Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill blossoms into an outdoor garden marketplace on Sunday, May 4th, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eat, play and discover all Chestnut Hill offers. Ten Thousand Villages Chestnut Hill will have special discounts, sampling of fair trade treats, raffles and give-a ways. The festival is free and $5 all-day parking is available in several of Chestnut Hill’s lots.

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Ten Thousand Villages - Education Is The Answer Shopping Event - June 1, 2014

1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

On June 1, 2014, participating Ten Thousand Villages stores will partner with The Hamels Foundation a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization founded by Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels and his wife Heidi. Our community partnership will benefit the Hamels Foundation global commitment to enriching the lives of children through the power of education by giving them the tools they need to achieve their goals. Participating Ten Thousand Villages will donate 15% of sales between 1 p.m and 5 p.m. to the Hamels Foundation.

The Hamels Foundation has a dual purpose to provide support for quality education in the United States and establish a school in Malawi, Africa. This includes but is not limited to providing stimulating learning environments, high-quality educational programs and necessary provisions to promote learning.

The commitment of The Hamels Foundation extends globally to Malawi, Africa where there are over one million orphans due to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Malawi is one of the poorest, most impoverished nations in the world. The Hamels Foundation is dedicated to building a primary school (Grades 1-8) that will educate nearly 2,000 boys and girls in the Mulanje District of Malawi. The first step towards breaking the cycle of AIDS is education, as well as tending to basic needs such as shelter and food.

Together, our goal is to provide the first step in improving the lives of thousands in Africa. Please visit a participating Ten Thousand Villages on Sunday, June 1, your gifts will give twice.

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Ten Thousand Villages-Proud to Support Alex's Lemonade Stand - June 8, 2014

12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

One Cup at a Time! Shop To Fight Childhood Cancer.

Ten Thousand Villages in Chestnut Hill will host our communities lemonade stand. The inspired idea of 'ALSF' founder Alexandra “Alex” Scott. True to the spirit of the phrase “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” Alex, at age four, held a lemonade stand to help find a cure for all childhood cancers, including her own.

You can make a meaningful difference in the battle against childhood cancer by visiting our Alex’s Lemonade Stands while shopping at participating Ten Thousand Villages during National Lemonade Days on June 8, from 12 to 4 p.m.

Participating Ten Thousand Villages will allocate 15% of sales during this time to ALSF. Be a part of the tradition, visit an Alex’s Lemonade Stand at Ten Thousand Villages in your community!

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Store Hours

Monday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM