Ephrata, PA

Rte. 272, 240 N Reading Rd
Ephrata, PA 17522

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22nd Annual Children's Festival

Saturday, June 6 from 10–3


Learn about fair trade and experience other cultures.

Children's Festival June 6

Do you love the Children's Festival?

Children's Festival June 6 We would love for you to join us as a volunteer on June 6 from 8:30–3. You can choose to help with crafts, play games or serve food. We have quite a variety of jobs so let us know what you would love to do.

Call 717-721-8400 or email Louise to volunteer for the Children's Festival on June 6.

You can also volunteer from your armchair by sharing this event on your personal facebook and twitter accounts. Thanks so much for spreading the word on Twitter and Facebook .

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Ten Thousand Villages in Ephrata, PA, the largest store in the Ten Thousand Villages network, offers exquisite fairly traded home decor, gifts and personal accessories reflecting the traditions and cultures of artisans from the developing world.  Our spacious store includes the Bunyaad Rug Room and The Café @ Ten Thousand Villages.

About Us

About Ten Thousand Villages Store & Oriental Rug Gallery in Ephrata, PA

Ten Thousand Villages Store & Oriental Rug Gallery in Ephrata, 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.

To learn more about fair trade, Oriental rugs and the regional Pennsylvania Dutch culture, click on the links below.


As a non-profit organization, we are run primarily by a diverse and dynamic team of volunteers. Our volunteers serve a variety of functions and have a huge impact on every aspect of our organization. Simply put - we couldn't exist without our volunteers!

If you are interested in being a part of the fair trade movement, we hope you will consider joining our volunteer team. We welcome highly motivated people who have a passion for our people-driven mission and the products we sell. No previous experience or skills are required - just a friendly attitude and the desire to help. We ask that our volunteers work at least 2 shifts per month and we have a very flexible schedule to make it easy to fit your volunteer hours into your own schedule. Contact Louise Ranck or Liz VanArtsdalen via e-mail at louise.ranck@tenthousandvillages.com  and/or liz.vanartsdalen@tenthousandvillages.com

In the Store

Some folks volunteer weekly, others come once or twice each month. Regular volunteers are trained to wait on customers, use the cash registers, and unpack and check orders.

Currently we are in need of Volunteers in the areas below :

Barista and basic Cafe help

Visual Merchandisers

Sales Associates

Store marketing and community outreach

Special Events
Our store runs Warehouse Sales twice yearly, once in March, and once in July. We use a small army of volunteers to set up and run the sales, including many local folks and some who come from out-of-state to work the two intense (but fun!) sale weeks.

Our exciting International Children's Festival at the end of each school year requires nearly 100 volunteers to help serve food, and help with a myriad of activities and crafts.

Extra hands are always welcome during Holiday Special Events and December Saturdays, assisting cashiers with wrapping purchases, and guiding folks through the Living Gifts process.

Stop by the Ephrata store for a volunteer application if you are interested in being part of "the village" in this way.

In the Rug Room

We are so excited in the rug room to share the story of the artisans that create the wonderful hand-knotted carpets. We have many volunteer opportunities which include sharing the rug story (welcoming customers), helping to flip rugs (which is showing them to customers) and helping to check in new shipments. We also have a Story Time on the Carpet the second Thursday each month for children that is followed by a craft activity so story readers and craft helpers are much appreciated. If you are interested in volunteering please let us know!

Want to gain experience and help our store reach the "Next Level"?

You could be the next intern at Ten Thousand Villages in Ephrata! Now accepting applications for the following positions:

Visual Merchandisers

Marketing and Community Outreach

Event Planning

Please contact Liz at liz.vanartsdalen@tenthousandvillages.com for more information and applications.

Meet Our Volunteers

Carla Martin


Carla Martin is in her third year as a weekly volunteer for Ten Thousand Villages Ephrata. "I believe in the fair trade philosophy in that it helps so many families worldwide. Those who shop at the Villages stores can enjoy beautiful and unique merchandise." Among the "varied, fun things" she does as a volunteer, Carla lists checking in the weekly orders and preparing for the Warehouse Sales and the International Children's Festival. Her least favorite day is store inventory––most of the store staff would agree with you on that one, Carla! She enjoys the "wonderful staff and other volunteers" at the store, who help to make her day here one to look forward to.

Carla recently surprised us by revealing that she has a pilot's license. Someday you might see the Ephrata store staff zooming around overhead, waving from a Cessna, as Carla gives us a taste of being airborne. She also has started taking violin lessons.

Carla and her husband Clarence travelled last year to China. They share three children and five grandsons, and live in Lititz (Pa).

Ruth Ruby


Ruth Ruby, one of our veteran volunteers, has been a "Village Person" for nearly seven years. When she retired from her secretarial job at Luther Acres, a local retirement community, Ruth wanted to do something worthwhile with her time, and offered to volunteer here at the Ephrata store. "I never know quite what I might be doing each week––it might be helping to unpack a shipment, waiting on customers, dusting shelves, or helping to get ready for inventory or a Warehouse Sale. But whatever I do, I know it's for a good cause. I truly believe in the fair trade concept Ten Thousand Villages stands for. Everyone deserves a chance to make a decent wage and to provide for their family. Ten Thousand Villages enables many people throughout the world to do this."

Ruth loves to read, and likes to cook, especially when she is trying out new and different recipes. She enjoys all kinds of games, but is happiest of all playing Liverpool Rummy. In earlier days, she was a whiz at racquetball and badminton. Ruth and her husband Allen have travelled extensively, to many countries in Europe, to the Holy Land, and to Alaska on a cruise. They have three children and four grandchildren, and live in Akron(Pa).

Sales & Events

Upcoming Events

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Shop to help the people of Nepal - May 29, 2015

help nepal

10% of all today’s sales
at Ten Thousand Villages*

will be donated to Mennonite Central Committee as it continues to provide direct emergency relief to areas affected by the recent earthquakes.

*Online and at participating stores

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Daryl Snider in the Cafe - May 29, 2015

6:30-8:15 p.m.

Daryl Snider has enjoyed a diverse musical background: Mennonite four-part singing, choirs, men’s quartets, oboe in orchestras, saxophone in jazz and funk bands, and folk-pop groups. Living in Haiti and Brazil has further broadened Daryl’s musical perspective.

In recent years, Daryl has discovered the art of songwriting as a means to process and share life experiences. Daryl participated in the 2013 February Album Writers Month (FAWM), writing 14 songs in a 28 day flurry. While studying for a masters degree at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, Daryl explored the ways music brings healing, connects people across social divides and plays a role in societal change.

Daryl is currently a member of the band Sopa Sol. Past local groups include Rupa Dupa, Wheatland Chorale, and Done With Therapy.

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Cafe closed this evening - June 5, 2015

No music on the Cafe stage this evening, as we prepare for tomorrow's International Children's Festival.

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22nd Annual International Children's Festival - June 6, 2015

Children's Festival June 6

Come help us celebrate our 22nd year of involving children in the sights, sounds, smells, tastes of other cultures, and hands-on fun making crafts similar to the artisan-made items sold in our stores.

Activities for Kids of All Ages: Batik Boxes

  • Dance and play along to lively Andean music by Katari or just listen while munching on family-friendly international foods.
  • Make crafts that relate to the artisan handicrafts in our store: from rainsticks, wooden batik boxes, vinyl purses or pencil holders, Oriental rug clocks to designing your own rug with your name written in Urdu and more
  • Henna hand decorating
  • Study at the Fair Trade University, get your diploma and have your graduation photo taken
  • Learn about World Maps
  • Go on a Kaboomba Trek and Rug Making Scavenger Hunt


  • The festival is free to attend.
  • Some crafts and henna hand decorating require a small cost
  • We do suggest a per-child donation of one box of 12 colored pencils which will be included in School Kits that are sent to children around the world by Mennonite Central Committee.


  • We offer special needs parking.
  • Lots of parking is available in our parking lot behind the Ephrata store.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Children's Festival June 6

  • Are you 16 or older? Please consider volunteering for the day.
  • Are you under 16? Come with a parent, mentor or other adult friend.
  • Volunteer from 8:30–3 or do a split shift (8:30–12:30 or 12–3)
  • Call 717-721-8400 or email Louise to volunteer
  • Be an armchair volunteer and spread the word on Twitter and Facebook .

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Storytime on the Carpet - June 11, 2015

Thursday, June 11 at 11 am

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The Land Of Many Colors

Written by the Klamath County YMCA Family Preschool and Illustrated by Rita Pocock

A simple message of peace and respect for differences is the theme of this book written by children for children. When the purple people, the blue people, and the green people begin fighting and hurting each other, they are reminded that although they have different feelings and like different things, they can still be friends.


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Maggie Spike in the Cafe - June 12, 2015

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Maggie Spike is the husband and wife singer-songwriter duo Peggy & Eric Gernerd from rural eastern PA. Known for their “mixed bag” of musical genres, they are not an easy band to label. Their songwriting styles combine folk, jazz, the music of the British Isles, Americana, and world rhythm influences to create a sound space of insightful lyrics, melody, rhythm, and vocal harmony that is eclectic, easily accessible and highly entertaining.

They have recorded and produced four CDs including their latest “Sol Paradise” and are currently working on a CD of original and traditional music inspired by the British Isles.

“Performing music together is a date night with Eric,” Peggy says. “We have so much fun together on stage performing in front of a live audience. We go where the music takes us.”

Bring your friends and come join Maggie Spike for an enjoyable evening of music in the Café!

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Nicole Roberts and Colin Mekeel in The Café - June 19, 2015

6:30-8:15 p.m.

Nicole Roberts is currently a sophomore Music Business major at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. There she is involved in The Birn (Berklee Internet Radio Network) as a dj, film club, and Point of Departure vocal jazz ensemble as lead soprano. She also is an active member of Berklee’s music law club through which she participates in the Recording Artist Project in conjunction with Harvard Law School.

As a voice principle, Nicole studies jazz with Patrice Williamson. Prior to her studies at Berklee, she took private lessons under the talents of Bryce Donley. Nicole has enjoyed a 6-year membership with the CPFJ Youth All-Star Band singing and playing saxophone. She graduated from Cedar Crest High School in May of 2012 where she participated in chorus, concert choir, show choir, jazz band, concert band, wind ensemble, orchestra, Tri-M Music Honor Society, and was a drum major for the marching band. She also had the opportunity to participate in many festivals including: county band and choir, district choir and vocal jazz ensemble, and state vocal jazz ensemble.

During her high school career, Nicole also enjoyed participating in the fall plays and was nominated for a Hershey Theatre Apollo Award for her portrayal of nurse Stephanie Dickinson in “Cactus Flower”. She was incredibly honored to be the recipient of the Lebanon PA Harmonia Club Chapter’s ‘Rodney S. Miller Memorial Scholarship’. Some of her musical inspirations include: Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, Anita O’Day, Jane Monheit, Julie London, and Chet Baker.

Colin Mekeel of Lancaster, PA plays piano, saxophone and clarinet. A three-time District Jazz Band participant on piano, Colin is a graduate of Manheim Township High School's Class of 2013. Besides accompanying Nicole Roberts, Colin also regularly performs in the area jazz quartet Temple Avenue.

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African Drumming Beginner's Playshop - June 20, 2015

11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Bring Your Inner Drummer Out to Play!

Come learn basic hand strokes for the West African djembe drum in this lively, free playshop. Enjoy the mighty and intriguing sound of many drums layering the simple, repeated rhythm patterns of a West African drum song.

Prior drumming experience is not necessary. Participants must be at least 12 years old.

Djembe drums are provided for the playshop, but if you have your own djembe, bring it!

Class size is limited, so reserve your place early by calling the Ephrata store at 717.721.8400, or by emailing the instructor at louise.ranck@tenthousandvillages.com

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Alex Brubaker in The Cafe - June 26, 2015

6:30-8:15 p.m.

Alex Brubaker is a Lancaster-based, percussive fingerstyle guitarist. Combining traditional, melodic fingerstyle playing with the rhythmic drive from percussive hits on the body and strings of the guitar, he couples technique with elements such as live looping to create complex soundscapes. Though an instrumental guitarist, he marries his performances with stories from his personal life, delving into the adventure-laden origins of the songs and exploring his own, unique writing style.

Since he began his journey as a solo-musician, Brubaker has sought to tear down the common perceptions of what music is and what it can be, with his two self-released albums, "Deconstructing the Temporal Lobe" (2009) and "Live at Muddy River Jam Fest VI" (2013). His much-anticipated third release, "The Architect; The Engineer," due out later in 2015, will seek to expound on this theme, further challenging listeners and inspiring fellow musicians."

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Bernard Sarkissian in the Cafe - July 3, 2015


Bernard Sarkissian in the Café

Bernard Sarkissian is a seasoned singer/songwriter who plays 6 and 12-stringed guitar with harmonica. His songs are mostly original works about family and life’s lessons in the folk tradition.

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Storytime on the Carpet - July 9, 2015

Thursday, July 9 at 11 am

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Emma's Rug

Written and illustrated by Allen Ray

Emma is a gifted young artist whose most prized possession is a small, shaggy rug. When her mother accidentally puts the rug in the washing machine and destroys it, Emma is devastated and ceases her art. Until she finds a new source of inspiration!

The reading will be followed by a craft activity. Storytime participants will also receive a special coupon for the Café following the day's storytime. RSVP below to reserve your spot on the rug and one of 25 seats at the crafts table.


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Temple Avenue in the Cafe - July 10, 2015


Temple Avenue is a young swing quintet, featuring the dynamic vocalist Chelsea Reed. The group, consisting mostly of jazz majors from Temple University, brings a fresh, creative and energetic perspective to their repertoire.

Chelsea, who hails from Easton, is joined by fellow Temple musicians Seth Ebersole (saxophone) from Mohnton, Jack Synoski (bass) from Hazelton and Austin Wagner (drums) from Lancaster. Completing the group is Colin Mekeel (piano), also from Lancaster, who attends HACC.

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July Warehouse Sale - July 16, 2015 - July 18, 2015

It’s Another Great Warehouse Sale

Look forward to a sale much like our March Sale, with a gazillion first-quality products at deeply discounted prices, a “Fill-a-Bag for $5” area, and a selection of oriental rugs at special prices.

Sale Hours
Thursday, July 16: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, July 17: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 18: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kindly bring your own sturdy bags to carry home your excellent purchases.

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Stone Soup in the Cafe - July 17, 2015

6:30-8:15 p.m.

Stone Soup is the duo of Paul Scull on keyboards, harmonica and vocals, and Jim Hinnershitz on acoustic and electric guitars and vocals.  These two guys are originally from Reading, PA, and have been playing music most of their lives.

Their music is an eclectic mix of original and cover songs in a variety of styles—folk, pop, rock and blues—with a bit of humor thrown in for good measure.

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Liz Fulmer in the Cafe - July 24, 2015

6:30-8:15 p.m.

Liz Fulmer is a primarily self-taught singer/songwriter based in Lancaster, PA. She began writing and performing original music on piano at the age of 16.

Heeding the advice of teachers and mentors, Liz auditioned for Berklee College of Music and began studying there in 2009. She left Berklee in 2010 to pursue her own career in New York City, frequenting a variety of stages from the grungy National Underground in Soho to the renowned Metropolitan Room. Here, she learned how to play guitar and began writing more lyrical, folk music.

Craving experience and moved by the traveler’s itch, Liz spent the next few years traveling through New Zealand and the UK, spending the most time in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Liz contemplated a career change in 2014 but was given a boost of confidence from Lady Gaga after the Grammy winner heard Liz perform an original song. Since that chance encounter, Liz has been in the studio working on her first EP, Tall Tales, due for a Spring release.

Liz has chosen to be here this evening in support of the benefit shopping event for Global Baby Steps.

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Storytime on the Carpet - August 13, 2015

Thursday, August 13 at 11 am

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My Librarian is a Camel

Written by Margaret Ruurs

When we think of a Library, we picture a building on a street or perhaps a room in a school. But some libraries aren't kept behind four walls. Some move from place to place in the most remarkable ways: by bus, by boat, by elephant, by donkey and more! These unusual mobile libraries are often the only way that people in remote areas such as in Thailand, Mongolia or Azerbaijan can access books.

The reading will be followed by a craft activity. Storytime participants will also receive a special coupon for the Café following the day's storytime. RSVP below to reserve your spot on the rug and one of 25 seats at the crafts table.

The reading will be followed by a craft activity. Storytime participants will also receive a special coupon for the Café following the day's storytime. RSVP below to reserve your spot on the rug and one of 25 seats at the crafts table.


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Storytime on the Carpet - September 10, 2015

Thursday, September 10 at 11 am

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Can You Say Peace?

Written by Karen Katz

International Peace Day is September 21. On this day and every day throughout the year, children all over the world wish for peace. Karen Katz takes readers on a bright and colorful journey around the globe to meet some of these children and learn about the many ways to say peace.

The reading will be followed by a craft activity. Storytime participants will also receive a special coupon for the Café following the day's storytime. RSVP below to reserve your spot on the rug and one of 25 seats at the crafts table.


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Storytime on the Carpet - October 8, 2015

Thursday, October 8 at 11 am

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Sitti's Secrets

Written by Naomi Shibab Nye

When Sitti, an American girl, goes to visit her grandmother in her small Middle Eastern village on the other side of the world, they don't need words to understand each other's heart.

The reading will be followed by a craft activity. Storytime participants will also receive a special coupon for the Café following the day's storytime. RSVP below to reserve your spot on the rug and one of 25 seats at the crafts table.


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Storytime on the Carpet - November 12, 2015

Thursday, November 12 at 11 am

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Written by Jeannie Baker

An innovative, two-in-one picture book follows a parallel day in the life of two families: one in a Western city and one in a North African village. Somewhere in Sydney, Australia, a boy and his family wake up, eat breakfast, and head out for a busy day of shopping. Meanwhile, in a small village in Morocco, a boy and his family go through their own morning routines and set out to a bustling market. In this ingenious, wordless picture book, readers are invited to compare, page by page, the activities and surroundings of children in two different cultures. Their lives may at first seem quite unalike, but a closer look reveals that there are many things, some unexpected, that connect them as well.

The reading will be followed by a craft activity. Storytime participants will also receive a special coupon for the Café following the day's storytime. RSVP below to reserve your spot on the rug and one of 25 seats at the crafts table.


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Storytime on the Carpet - December 10, 2015

Thursday, December 10 at 11 am

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The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree

Written by Gloria Houston, pictures by Barbara Cooney

The Armistice has been declared, but still there is no sign of Ruthie's father in their little Appalachian town. So, in accordance with the traditions of Pine Grove, it falls to Ruthie and her mother to bring home the perfect Christmas tree to donate to the town. Ruthie had accompanied her father to the rocky cliff where he marked a tree in the spring, so she and her mother set out to find it again, and haul it home.

The reading will be followed by a craft activity. Storytime participants will also receive a special coupon for the Café following the day's storytime. RSVP below to reserve your spot on the rug and one of 25 seats at the crafts table.


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Store and Oriental Rug Gallery 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 - 9:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

Cafe Hours

Full Café menu served from 10:00 to 3:00 each day, and Friday evening 5:00 to 8:30. Light fare is available between 3:00 and 5:00.

Monday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Light fare after 3:00
Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Light fare after 3:00
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Light fare after 3:00
Thursday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Light fare after 3:00
Friday: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM Light fare between 3:00 and 5:00
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Light fare after 3:00
Sunday: Closed