Ephrata, PA

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

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World Fair Trade Day Weekend

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Global Baby Steps
Community Shopping Event

Friday, May 8 from 4–8

Come support Global Baby Steps and learn more about their impassioned work on behalf of mothers-to-be in Tanzania.

15% of all sales in the store, Café and Rug Room will be donated to Global Baby Steps.

Listen to singer and song writer Liz Fulmer on the Café stage from 6:30–8:30.

Mother's Day Special

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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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Plant and Garden Sale - April 17, 2015 - April 27, 2015

25% OFF
FRI, APR 17 — MON, APR 27

spring gifts sale

Bring spring to life with a magical miniature garden and more—from enchanting chimes to bewitching birdhouses.

Artisans have been paid in full. Offer valid on select merchandise at participating stores through 4/27/15 and online until 11:59 p.m. ET on 4/27/15. Check local store for participation. Not valid with other offers or discounts.

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Jessica Smucker in the Cafe - May 1, 2015

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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Liz Fulmer in the Cafe - May 8, 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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Global Baby Steps: Community Shopping Event - May 8, 2015

4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

As we celebrate Mother’s Day weekend, the Ephrata store is proud to host Global Baby Steps for a benefit shopping event. Between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m., we will donate 15% of all sales in the store and Café to this organization. Oriental rugs may be purchased to benefit Global Baby Steps. Purchasers must express this intent to the rug staff.

Founded in 2009 by Robyn Talley of Lititz, Global Baby Steps works to supply women in underserved areas with basic obstetrical care. GBS partners with two professional midwives in the Kisaware District of Tanzania to provide basic sterile supplies to aid midwives who deliver babies in rural areas. A bigger dream is to provide funds to build and maintain a birthing center where women can give birth safely.

Robyn traveled to Tanzania to visit her son, who was working for Circle of Health International, and learned of Faridahy Mgunda and Mamma Gorotto, who after retiring from their careers as midwives, have devoted themselves to training health care workers in rural areas.

Come support Global Baby Steps and learn more about their impassioned work on behalf of mothers-to-be in Tanzania. Read more about the program.

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Storytime on the Carpet - May 14, 2015

Thursday, May 14 at 11 am

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From the illustrator of the #1 smash The Day the Crayons Quit comes another bestseller—a giggle-inducing tale of everything tossed, thrown, and hurled in order to free a kite!

When Floyd’s kite gets stuck in a tree, he’s determined to get it out. But how? Well, by knocking it down with his shoe, of course. But strangely enough, it too gets stuck. And the only logical course of action…is to throw his other shoe. Only now it’s stuck! Surely there must be something he can use to get his kite unstuck. An orangutan? A boat? His front door? Yes, yes, and yes. And that’s only the beginning.


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Rick Sky in The Cafe - May 15, 2015

6:30-8:15 p.m.

Rick Sky’s as an alternative singer-songwriter presents a fresh and inspirational approach as he returns to the Café with his compelling new CD release Light Tales.

With a broad range of music and lyrical topics created to heighten our sensitivities to humanity and all life on our planet, Rick reveals a unique ability to touch our inner spirits with his warm musical songscapes and tales.

Rick Sky’s original compositions resonate with beautiful flowing melodies and thoughtful lyrics which wash over his audience and transport them to a place of inner peace and reflection.

Rick blends textures of sounds, layering them with live looping, 6- and 7-string acoustic guitars, harp guitar, native flutes, world percussion and vocals.

Rick's music truly is... A Place... ~ Come ~ Listen ~ and be Transported.


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Voxology in The Cafe - May 22, 2015

6:30-8:15 p.m.

Kevin Neidig and Les Vonderlin make up the award-winning duo Voxology. They have been performing together for nearly twenty years.

Just four months after Voxology was born, Neidig and Vonderlin were honored to have been finalists in the 1998 Lilith Fair/Levi’s Talent search. Both are two-time first place winners at the North Bay Deer Creek Fiddler’s Convention in Westminster, Maryland, where Les won vocal competitions and Kevin won guitar and vocal competitions. Vonderlin’s songwriting has been recognized by the South Florida Folk Festival and the Susquehanna Music and Arts Festival.

Voxology celebrated its fourth anniversary while performing at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Voxology has had the opportunity to open shows for the legendary Doc Watson, Darrell Scott, Peter Rowan and his Texas Trio, theGrammy award-winning Alison Brown Quartet, and the renowned folk artist Tom Paxton. They have been featured at music and arts festivals in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Arkansas, Virginia, West Virginia, Florida and Utah.

Neidig has been a guitar instructor for many years, and currently teaches at the Perfect 5th Musical Arts Center in Mechanicsburng, PA (http://theperfect5th.com/staff/kevin-neidig.asp).  Vonderlin has been singing since she was a small child.  During her time at Wilson College, she performed with the exclusive a cappella group Ten Tones.  She is also a freelance Voice Over Producer (http://lesvonderlin.com/voice-over-demo.php).

Neidig and Vonderlin have produced four recordings together—their self-titled debut CD Voxology was followed by under the covers, Someday Soon, and Simply. . . Voxology.

Each recording project has received accolades from critics and other musicians alike. Windham Hill recording artist Doyle Dykes told them to “keep writing, playing and singing. . . You’ve been entrusted with a wonderful gift!”

Read more, and listen to music at www.voxology.com

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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

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Stay tuned! Details to come.

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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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Alex Brubaker in The Cafe - June 26, 2015

6:30—8:30 p.m.

Alex Brubaker is a guitarist who has placed himself at the forefront of musical experimentation. Delving into the percussive fingerstyle genre, Alex combines guitar body percussion, alternate tunings, two-handed tapping, lap tapping, live looping, multiple guitars, and everything else he can think of that can enable the guitar to be used in new and exciting ways. Alex has wow’d audiences time and time again, captivating the young and old, from the musically inept to the fellow musician.

Alex’s performances combine this innovative approach at guitar with related stories of adventure and light humor, depicting everything from snowboarding adventures to mishaps in Africa. With Alex’s music, the goal is always to have the audience experience music in a way they never before have. He mixes influences from the likes of Trace Bundy, Trevor Gordon Hall, Kaki King, and Matt Stevens in order to produce innovative and complex compositions in a style all his own.

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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