Ephrata, PA

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

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Tent Sale

THREE DAYS ONLY! October 8–10

Save 50–75% OFF first quality overstock items.
Tent Hours: Thu 10–5, Fri 10–8, Sat 10–5

Storytime on the Flying Carpet

Thursday, October 8 at 11 am
READING Sitti's Secrets

Tent Sale

Rug Seminar and Jewelry Night

Friday, October 16 at 7 pm
Short Rug Seminar • Make Jewelry and Magnets • Enjoy Fingerfoods & BYOB (bring your own bottle)

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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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Fall Decor Sale - October 5, 2015 - October 19, 2015


October 5-19

25% OFF

handcrafted pillows, lamps, throws & baskets

Artisans have been paid in full. Offer valid on select merchandise at participating stores until 10/19/15 and online until 11:59 ET on 10/19/15. Check local store for participation.

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Tent Sale - October 8, 2015 - October 10, 2015

Our little tent will be full of big savings on first-quality merchandise!

Please bring your own shopping bags if you are able.

Hours: Thursday 10-5; Friday 10-8; Saturday 10-4

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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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Jessica Smucker in The Cafe - October 9, 2015

Jessica Smucker in The Café

Join us from 6:30-8:23pm to enjoy the music!

Jessica Smucker never meant to become a serious songwriter. For much of her life, she sang for fun and dabbled on the piano, but her real passions were poetry and nonfiction writing. She published numerous poems and essays in magazines and journals during her twenties, but as time went by she increasingly found herself turning to the piano for relaxation. Moving her fingers over the keys seemed to draw out words from a different place within her—a deeper, yet more effortless place. Once she had written a body of songs, it took her a few years to find the will and the courage to put them out into the world. Now, seven years into her music career, she still thinks of herself as a writer first—and a reluctant performer. But audiences experience Jessica’s voice as a sincere and captivating embrace, the perfect sonic match to her emotionally eloquent lyrics. Jessica has performed all over the Eastern U.S. and has won several national songwriting contests, including the Connecticut Folksong Festival Song Competition (2013) and SolarFest’s Singer/Songwriter Showcase Competition (2010). She has opened for notable acts like Cheryl Wheeler and The Kennedys, shared festival stages with Patty Larkin, Catie Curtis, Dar Williams, Antje Duvekot and others, and co-billed with up-and-comers like Heather Maloney and The Stray Birds. Jessica’s second full-length album, Tumbling After, is due out in early 2014.

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Rug Seminar & Jewelry Making Night - October 16, 2015

Rug Graphs & Jewelry
Friday, October 16 at 7 pm
We take you on a journey from talams and rug graphs to fair trade rugs and the fun of making your own jewelry.

On The Way to School Trailer Movie Bring your friends and family for a fun and relaxed evening in the Rug Room. What to expect:
SEMINAR led by Yousaf Chaman
FINGERFOODS and BYOB (bring your own bottle)

Click below for more information and to make sure a place is reserved for you.

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Daryl Snider in the Cafe - October 16, 2015

Daryl Snider in The Café

Join us from 6:30-8:23pm to enjoy the music!

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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Mindy Nolt & Jared Hankee in the Cafe - October 23, 2015

Join us from 6:30-8:23pm to enjoy the music!

Mindy Nolt & Jared Hankee have been playing and singing together since 2007.

They’ve performed at Lancaster downtown venues, banquets, weddings, private events, church functions and concerts that they host in their back yard. They cover a variety of genres, including Americana, folk, old time, and more. Blending the banjo, mandolin, guitar and their voices, Jared and Mindy invite listeners to enjoy down-to-earth music with creative harmonies and thoughtful lyrics.

Mindy wrote her first song in the 4th grade and has continued to explore music in a variety of ways ever since. During college she sang in a bluegrass band, playing covers by Gillian Welch, Nancy Griffith and Emmylou Harris. In both 2008 and 2013, Mindy had a song chosen for an album produced by the local nonprofit Music for Everyone. In 2014, Mindy released an album, Movers and Lovers, in which she is accompanied by Jared and several other musicians. Her original songs speak to life’s struggles and mysteries in a poetic and contemplative way.

Jared has been playing guitar since middle school, learning old U2 covers, strumming around campfires and picking folky ballads. Jared recently fell in love with the clawhammer banjo and has been focusing much of his time learning to play it. Jared enjoys playing on the back porch in the evening or providing dancing music for their daugthers, Willow (4) and Moselle (10 months).

Learn more at mindynolt.com

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Dan Kirby & Ben Young in the Cafe - October 30, 2015

Join us from 6:30-8:23pm to enjoy the music!

Dan Kirby and Ben Young are both Ephrata natives, and graduates of Ephrata High School. Ben and Dan have been making music since 2006, and continue to share their passion with anyone who's willing to listen. It is their goal to play music in intimate settings, with limited amplification, and in doing so bring a great sense of community with each performance. Over the course of the evening you will hear songs from a wide variety of times, and musical genres, including but not limited to: Folk, Blues, R & B, Pop, Rock, and old timey hymns! Join them for an evening of music, community, and good food and drink.

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Book Signing with Terri Roberts - "Forgiven" - October 31, 2015

Terri Roberts introduces her book "Forgiven”

from “Mother cares for her son’s Amish victims,” article by Daniel Burke in USA Today, September 29, 2011 “It was October 2, 2006, and Charles Carl Roberts IV had just shot 10 Amish girls before turning the gun on himself. Five girls died. Five others were seriously wounded. The shooting shocked this quiet, rural county and horrified countless outsiders glued to the nonstop media coverage. “’Not only was my son not alive, he was the perpetrator of the worst crime anyone could ever imagine,’ Terri Roberts said. “After the shooting, the world was riveted by the remarkable display of compassion shown by the Amish, as the quiet Christian sect embraced the Roberts family and strove to forgive its troubled sinner. “Five years after the shooting, the other side of the story is not well-known—that of a grief-torn mother seeking the still, small voice of God in the aftermath of tragedy.” Now almost 10 years following the Nickel Mines school shootings, Charles Roberts’ mother Terri has written a book, Forgiven. She describes herself as one who has walked through circumstances beyond her own ability to cope with, yet has found strength and even joy along the way. Hers is a compelling message of God’s grace given and received.

Come listen to Terri Roberts read from her book, and purchase a signed copy. Terri will speak and meet folks in the Café between 2:00 and 3:30 p.m.

The Café will be open until 5:00.

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George Wallace in the Cafe - November 6, 2015

George Wallace in The Café

Join us from 6:30-8:23pm to enjoy the music!

An accomplished composer, performer, producer, sound designer and artist, George 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 . . ."


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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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Kevin Neidig in the Cafe - November 13, 2015

Join us from 6:30-8:23pm to enjoy the music!

Rarely do you get in one musician the virtuosity of singer, instrumentalist and songwriter. Kevin Neidig brings all three with eloquent effortlessness:

Playing The unexpected complexity, combined with graceful agility, are what capture your ear, compelling you to listen into the wee hours.

Singing From the first note, you notice honed, flexible vocals, which are at once at ease with old-as-hills bluegrass as with the latest pop number on the radio.

Songwriting Kevin’s approach never fails to present a different perspective – lyrically and musically. In addition to being an award winning musician, Kevin has had the privilege of sharing the stage with performers like Tim O’Brien, Peter Rowan, Tom Paxton, Doc Watson, and Collin Raye. And, he performed at the 2002 Olympic Games. Kevin’s fourth solo album “I’ve Been There,” allows you, the listener, to bear witness to profound subjects of possibilities, dreams and evolution, married to the purity of rich aural timbres. “I’ve Been There” puts all of Kevin’s monster skills to use and is assuredly a must listen!

Check out www.kevinneidig.com

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Tom Post, Jr in the Cafe - November 20, 2015

Join us from 6:30-8:23pm to enjoy the music!

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Art & David Miron in the Cafe - November 27, 2015

Art & David Miron in The Café

Join us from 6:30-8:23pm to enjoy the music!

Art and David Miron, brothers raised in a musical family, have been playing music together for a long time. Although Art’s from Philly, he and David play together locally as often as they can, primarily at Lancaster’s Coffee Company café, where they have been Friday’s featured performers for the past ten years.

Art Miron played viola and piano as a kid. Channeling his mother’s undercover love of folky music, Art now specializes in performing ‘Americana’ music, playing guitar and singing. This is rootsy music, drawn from country, folk, and some pop traditions with focus on songs that tell stories. Art performs frequently at coffee houses and other venues in and around Philadelphia. He has released several YouTube videos for viewing, and his first major CD is about to be released.

David Miron began taking cello lessons when he was ten and has been playing ever since. David played with the Eastern Mennonite University orchestra during his year at Eastern Mennonite Seminary. He played with the Moravian orchestra in their Christmas Vigil services for ten years, for several Christmas services at Highland Presbyterian Church and with the Hershey Symphony for four years. Influenced by his brother’s guitar music and the early music of Simon and Garfunkel, David began playing guitar in his early teens. Shortly thereafter, he discovered that he could sing, and sing harmony, in unaccompanied four –part congregational singing in the Mennonite church. David has played cello for weddings and in church services. He also occasionally leads congregational music with guitar at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Lancaster.

Art and David are pictured below, Art is standing and David is seated. 

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Maggie Spike in the Cafe - December 4, 2015

Maggie Spike in the Café

Join us from 6:30-8:23pm to enjoy the music!

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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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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Sterling Koch Duo in the Cafe - December 18, 2015

Join us from 6:30-8:23pm to enjoy the music!

Sterling Koch (pronounced "Cook") is a nationally recognized lap steel guitarist who is a touring and recording artist. Sterling specializes in playing Chicago style blues in a contemporary style on the lap steel guitar.

He has recorded 4 solo albums of steel guitar music and will release his fifth, "Let It Slide" in March of 2013. The new album was recorded with his touring band, featuring Gene Babula (bass) and John Goba (drums), and contains the single "Mercury Blues." His previous release titled "Slide Ruler" featured bassist Tommy Shannon (Stevie Ray Vaughan) and Grammy nominated drummer Chet McCracken (Doobie Brothers).

He has had the support of the legendary steel guitarist Calvin Cooke (mentor to Robert Randolph) when first starting on steel guitar and now can claim "steelers" Darick Campbell (The Campbell Brothers), Aubrey Ghent and Freddie Roulette as friends and mentors.

This evening Sterling is joined by Gene Babulaon bass guitar and backup vocals.

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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