Ephrata, PA

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

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Rug Festival June 27

Thursday, July 16 10–5 • Friday, July 17 10–8 • Saturday, July 18 10–4

Merchandise in the Warehouse
First-quality overstocks at deeply discounted prices.
50–75% OFF (all items BELOW $25)

Merchandise under the Tent
Overstocked Irregulars
Mostly under $5

30–50% off selection of Bunyaad Rugs.
Sale Rugs will go live on July 13.

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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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Table Linen Sale - July 15, 2015 - July 31, 2015

25% OFF
— WED, JULY 15 through FRI, JULY 31 —

table linen sale

Beautiful blockprints and exquisite embroidery
in colors and patterns to suit every décor
and every one handcrafted and fairly traded.

Artisans have been paid in full. Offer valid on select merchandise at participating stores through 7/31/15 and online until 11:59 p.m. ET on 7/31/15. Check local store for participation. Not valid with other offers or discounts.

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Matt Wheeler & Vintage Heart in the Cafe - July 24, 2015

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Matt Wheeler & Vintage Heart

Matt Wheeler’s songwriting is characterized by honest, thought-provoking lyrics and simple but poignant melodies. Live shows with Matt feature a heartfelt delivery of songs mixed together with a dose of light-hearted humor.

Based in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Matt Wheeler & Vintage Heart are emerging with a brand of acoustic rock that reflects faith, love, and what it means to be human. Drawing influences from the tradition of folk/singer-songwriters such as James Taylor and Iron & Wine, Matt’s musical poetry can range from lilting and sweet to haunting and driving.

Vintage Heart is Caleb Brown, violin, Andrew Berg, cello, Ben Young, bass, and Shawn Vago, percussion.

“Thinking love is worth the fall/The damage healed, and truth is all that remains.” - from “Avalanche”

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Hannah Bingman in the Cafe - July 31, 2015

6:30-8:15 p.m.

Hannah Bingman

Hannah Bingman has been writing and performing her folk/blues compositions at venues along the east coast for fourteen years. She has released three studio albums as well as a live album. Her most recent CD, Loam, is fixed in rural agricultural themes and small town roots.

Most known for her solo performances, Bingman also plays as part of a blues duo with regional musician, Doug McMinn, as well as performing with a backing band made up of talented local musicians from Central Pennsylvania.

In 2006, Hannah won the Susquehanna Folk Music Society Songwriting Contest, and in 2011, she was selected as Regional Round Finalist in the Mountain Stage New Song Contest. Bingman has grabbed opening slots for musicians such as Kaki King, Michael Glabicki, Jeffery Gaines, the Infamous Stringdusters, Ellis, David Rovics, and Christine Lavin.

Damian Gessel has written of her this way: Since she first peered from behind a too-big acoustic guitar, Bingman has taught herself to strip away everything other than the soul-baring, leaving listeners with only this: Herself. It’s a sound distilled and clarified like mountain melt running down a stream, but at no time is it precious or pretentious. . . . Her music, her voice, sparkle without adornment, her songs project a wisdom beyond her years.

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We're Closing at 3 Today - August 1, 2015

We're closing early today as we start to clear the store for a "face-lift," or maybe we should say a "footlift," as beautiful new floors will be installed over the next week. Please come in on Saturday, August 8th to shop and ooh and aah at our fresh look!

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We're Closed This Week for a Store Facelift - August 3, 2015 - August 7, 2015

Maybe we should call our renovation a "footlift" instead of a "facelift," as we are getting new floors installed. Store, Cafe and Rug Room will reopen on Saturday, August 8th, at 10 a.m. Please come in then to admire our floors, our new canopy over the back porch, and some freshly painted walls. And to shop, of course!

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Open Again! - August 8, 2015

You've been missing us all week long, we know. Please come in today to shop in the splendor of our gorgeous new floor! We might be putting finishing touches on displays that have been "out back" since last weekend, but we'll be happy to help you find Just The Things you are looking for.
We open the doors at 10 a.m., as usual.

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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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Trio Jolie in the Cafe - August 14, 2015

6:30-8:15 p.m.

Trio Jolie

Trio Jolie, is a charismatic trio of flute, oboe and cello performing unique arrangements of Bach, Beatles and beyond.

Robin Lilarose, Flute
Robin graduated with a B.S. in Music Therapy from Elizabethtown College. She currently teaches privately from her home in Sinking Spring and is an adjunct flute professor at Lebanon Valley College and Alvernia University. Robin performs with the Berks Chamber Orchestra, Pottstown Symphony, Reading Civic Opera, Reading Choral Society, and the Reading Pops Orchestra. She also performs with several chamber ensembles including a woodwind quintet and a flute and piano duo. She also freelances at many venues throughout the year.

After 25 years, Robin retired from her folk art business “One of a Kind” by Robin in which she recycled, restored and painted unwanted antiques and furniture. She has one son, Jordan, a student at Columbia College in Chicago studying film/video production.

Kirstin Myers, Oboe
Oboist Kirstin Myers earned her B.S. in Education and Oboe Performance at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a minor in piano. In 1999 she graduated summa cum laude as a full scholarship recipient from Michigan State University with an M.M. in Oboe Performance. Since the year 2000, she has been on the faculty of Millersville University as Double Reeds Professor, as well as being the Oboe Professor at York College. She has been a featured soloist with the Johnstown Symphony, the IUP Symphony, the New Holland Band, and the Lyric Band of Hanover. Kirsten was also 1st oboist of the New Holland Band for 16 years. In addition to maintaining a private studio and working as a freelance musician, she is currently a member of the York Symphony Orchestra, the Reading Pops Orchestra, and the Keystone Winds.

Crystal Jordan, Cello Crystal received a Bachelor of Music degree from Temple University where she studied cello with Jeffrey Solow. She performs regularly with various professional ensembles including the Pottstown Symphony, Reading Pops Orchestra, Reading Civic Opera and several chamber groups throughout southeastern PA, including string quartets and trios. Crystal has performed with musicians Josh Groban, Trans Siberian Orchestra, David Benoit, Rick Braun, Jim Brickman and Casting Crowns. She has a full cello and piano private studio and serves as a soloist and adjudicator at various functions throughout the year. She is also the adjunct cello professor at Alvernia University. Crystal has taught chorus and orchestra in the Central Bucks and Oley Valley school districts. She resides in Exeter with her husband and children.

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Womack & Lowery in the Cafe - August 21, 2015

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Womack & Lowery in The Café

Born into a musical family in “small-town Texas,” Janie Womack began performing with her mother and sisters at a very early age. A singer and a self-taught guitarist, Janie is a former member of the Central Pennsylvania Womyn’s Chorus, a capella quartet Three J’s and a C, and local band t.l.o. stone soup. Currently at work on her first full-length CD of original music, Janie recently released the 3-song disk, “Three Thirty-Three.”

Julie Lowery, a native of Lancaster County, began to add her vocal talents in late 2005. Also from a musical family, Julie grew up singing in school choruses and at church. She attributes her natural ability to harmonize to her mother—one of 5 sisters, 4 of whom performed regularly in their early years. Julie has sung in choral groups, quartets and trios but she’s never had more fun than singing with Janie.

Womack & Lowery play the local coffeehouse circuit as well as festivals and private events. They also give back to their community by donating their time and talents to non-profit organizations in the area. They perform “music of many colors” including originals, blues, country, ballads, folk, Americana, and even old standards. Their style is acoustic, and their delivery is straight and true. When these two join forces, their energy can send chills down your spine. Their different personalities and experiences serve as the perfect backdrop for humor. They’ll make you laugh—they’ll make you cry—and that’s what entertainment is all about!

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Be: Michael Clipman & Tom Singer in the Cafe - August 28, 2015

6:30-8:30 p.m.

We welcome Be: Michael Clipman and Tom Singer to the Café stage for an evening of lyrical original songs with pulse-driven world rhythms and reinterpreted covers.

Michael Clipman is a singer/songwriter, guitarist, percussionist and poet. His recordings include “Milkweed” with alternative rock band Frozen Poet , “scubadoo” with jam band Mystery Van , and “part of it all,” a solo CD for Digital Alchemy Records.

Contact: Michael Clipman onelove@whoever.com

Tom Singer has been drumming since 1975. He played drums in local bands einstein’s bike and plywood jungle. Tom was a member of the Forty Fingers Percussion Ensemble. He can be heard on the Forty Fingers recording “Neotribal” and the Mystery Van recording “scubadoo.” Tom has been studying West African percussion since 1989.

Contact: Tom Singer wofungla@yahoo.com

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The Chestnuts in the Cafe - September 4, 2015

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Tonight we welcome The Chestnuts, a four-member group that explores the realm of country, folk and blues music from the 1950's through the 1970's. Performing as an amplified acoustic band, they interpret songs from that era with their own personal touch in performances that are typically non-stop for over two hours and occasionally lead to spontaneous dancing by their audiences.

Tom Chestnut is best known for his uncanny ability to imitate Johnny Cash's vocal style and playing the harmonica while picking the guitar. On the folk side of The Chestnuts, Jack Brunner performs his favorite story songs in his unique style honed from his years as a solo artist. Both Tom and Jack sing their own songs occasionally. Jim Glick, the singing drummer, performs pop rock classics that get the audience humming along and feeling good. Steve Haldeman, the fourth member of the group plays bass and sings harmony backup, as well as handling The Chestnuts' music business.

Tom and Steve occasionally perform in an acoustic duo in retirement communities and rehabilitation centers for the elderly where their blend of old time country, roots and gospel music are very much appreciated.

The Chestnuts call Lancaster County, PA, their home.

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Store, Cafe, Rug Room Closed Today - September 7, 2015

Enjoy your Labor Day celebration! We'll be back to welcome you at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning.

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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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George Wallace in the Cafe - September 11, 2015

6:30-8:30 p.m.

An accomplished composer, performer, producer, sound designer and artist, Georg Wallace is a master creator of visionary music which speaks of enlightenment and positivity to a planet which can really use those things.

In live performance, he presents a dazzling array of wondrous, imaginatively crafted soundscapes bound to delight fans of deep ambient, techno-tribal and spacemusic.

In addition to the synthesizers he plays onstage, George uses guitars both acoustic and electric, Native American flutes, rainsticks, bells and rattlers, and even a Tibetan singing bowl to round out the sonic palette. Adding to the mix is his occasional blending of natural ambiences such as forest sounds, night sounds, wind . . . and a few which might be best described as unearthly.

Despite his affable stage demeanor, the intensity of the music itself makes it evident that George likes to play deep. Through his magical musings, we are invited to discover a new access to our true Selves, from the deepest regions of our souls to the ecstatic, sublime worlds of our highest potential. Presented here is wild, enriched sound, simultaneously borrowing from the primal past and the celestial future, creating an inspiring, cleansing, memorable experience of exotic places and times well beyond this one.

’ . . .go as deep as you can go . . .’ www.airbornmusic.com

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Liz Fulmer in the Cafe - September 18, 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 - 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

Store, Cafe and Oriental Rug Gallery will be closed on Saturday, July 4th.
Enjoy your celebrations!

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