Chestnut Hill, PA

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

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

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« October 2014 »


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.

Giving Back to Our Local Community
Did you know that Ten Thousand Villages partners with local nonprofits for fundraising events? We love to give back to our local community while introducing new customers to our wonderful store mission and unique handmade products. If you love shopping at Ten Thousand Villages and want to support some great causes, check out our events page and plan to shop to benefit your favorite nonprofits this holiday season!

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

Sales & Events

Upcoming Events

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Shop For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation - November 7, 2014

3 p.m to 7 p.m.

For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation (formerly Crossing the Finish Line) is a non-profit organization that assists adult cancer patients, their caregivers and loved ones. Eligible patients, along with their caregivers, receive a one-week expense-paid respite vacation to select locations. Inspired by the late Peter R. Bossow, Jr., For Pete’s Sake- give these patients a break from cancer in a secure and comfortable environment.

The lasting memories from their respites help patients recognize that it is their priceless lives, not cancer, that defines them. With an aim to strengthen the hearts, minds, and souls of these courageous individuals as they battle the psychological, emotional, economic, and spiritual trauma that accompanies a cancer diagnosis.

For Pete’s Sake, join us in giving people a break from cancer this holiday season on Thursday, November 13, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. by shopping at any of these Philadelphia-area Ten Thousand Villages stores!

Ardmore, Chestnut Hill, Exton, King of Prussia, and Media

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Shop for Good Shepherd Mediation Program - November 9, 2014

12 noon – 4 p.m.

Philadelphia's Only Community Mediation Center

The Good Shepherd Mediation Program, established in 1984, is a neighborhood justice center located in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. People in conflict come to the Mediation Program to resolve their disputes through mediation.

The Good Shepherd mission is to empower Philadelphia community residents to creatively search for meaningful and lasting solutions to their conflicts without resorting to crime or violence. Good Shepherd Mediation Program currently offers mediation, training and consulting services to the Greater Philadelphia area.

Help support Good Shepherd this holiday season on Sunday, November 9, 12 p.m.-4 p.m. by shopping at any of three Philadelphia-area Ten Thousand Villages stores! Chestnut Hill, King of Prussia, and Media

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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