Ephrata, PA

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

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    Starting Tuesday, September 2 our clearance section offers an additional 25% discount. Come on in!
  • October 11–26: We are one of the stops on the Best Kept Secrets Tour. Tickets available NOW at the store. View Details »

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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 Oriental Rug Gallery 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 Clearance Sale - September 1, 2014 - September 16, 2014


Fall Clearance Sale

It’s just the time to fall in love with our handcrafted jewelry, accessories, home accents and other treasures from around the world.

Artisans have been paid in full. Offer valid ONLINE until 11:59 p.m. ET on 9/2/14 and at participating stores until 9/16/14. Check local store for participation. Not valid with other offers or discounts.

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Spa-liday Sale - September 15, 2014 - September 22, 2014


40% OFF 4
30% OFF 3
20% OFF 2

Spa-liday Sale

Indulge in the savings

Artisans have been paid in full. Offer valid ONLINE until 11:59 p.m. ET on 9/16/14 and at participating stores until 9/22/14. Check local store for participation. Not valid with other offers or discounts.

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Womack & Lowery in the Cafe - September 26, 2014

6:30-8:30 p.m.

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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Michael Clipman & Tom Singer in the Cafe - October 3, 2014

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 610-698-1709

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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Matt Miskie in the Cafe - October 10, 2014

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Matt Miskie is a songwriter, guitarist, vocalist and percussionist based in Cleona PA. Matt's immediately accessible songs naturally cross-over between contemporary and traditional styles. Lyrics reflect on life, relationships, adventure and coming of age.

Matt's release "A BEND IN THE RIVER" is a download album, available on Amazon.mp3 and iTunes worldwide.

Performance credits included support concerts for Tom Rush, Tom Chapin, Dave Mason and others. Matt has been a featured performer at most of Pennsylvania's major arts festivals and has performed college coffeehouse programs from North Carolina to Wisconsin.

Matt's live performances have a broad appeal. His audiences are treated to moving and entertaining renditions of traditional classics, covers of influential singer/songwriters of the 60's and 70's interspersed with his thoughtful original music.

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Best Kept Secrets Tour - October 10, 2014

One part of the secret is out!

Ten Thousand Villages Ephrata will be one of the stops on Lancaster County’s Best Kept Secrets Tour October 10 through 25.  The tour promises “an unusual shopping/food and fun adventure featuring 37 off-the-beaten-path businesses, hand-picked for their uniqueness.”  Set up like a home or garden tour, you’ll travel place to place in your own vehicle, enjoying all the special free things (refreshments, games, gifts, demos, workshop tours, make & take projects, etc.) the businesses have planned for you. 

Other stops on the tour . . .

Sorry, we can’t tell you that!   Visit the Best Kept Secrets website to read about the types of businesses you’ll be able to visit.  http://bestkeptsecretstour.com/Lancaster_County_Tour.html

Buy your ticket in our store

Tour tickets are available for purchase now at the Ephrata store for $8. The first 2000 people to purchase tickets (not all here, of course!) will receive a goody bag with special promotions and gifts from the businesses on the tour.  Your ticket is valid throughout the days of the tour.  You can pack all your visits into a single day, or spread them out through the two weeks.  All tour businesses are open at least Monday through Saturday 9-5.

Fun with a purpose

For every Best Kept Secrets Tour ticket sold, $1 will be donated to Christ’s Home for Children in Paradise, PA, which provides services to senior adults and disadvantaged children in an atmosphere of love, dignity, compassion and respect.

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African Drumming Beginner's Workshop - October 11, 2014

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Bring your inner drummer out to play!  Learn two of the basic handstrokes for the West African djembe drum, and layer simple parts for an exciting West African drum song. 

If you have a djembe, you are welcome to bring it, but we provide djembes  for all participants.   The workshop is for persons aged 12 and up.  No drumming experience is necessary to enjoy the class!

There is no cost, but please register for the workshop by calling the store at (717) 721-8400 or sending an email to ephrata@tenthousandvillages.com.

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Maggie Spike in the Cafe - October 24, 2014

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Berks County (PA) natives Peggy and Eric Gernerd are the musical duo Maggie Spike, singers/songwriters whose music draws from a mixed bag of styles such as folk, rock, jazz, Celtic and reggae. Their self-penned songs glimmer with passionate appeal and soulful insight.

Peggy and Eric's former band, Fieldstone, performed in and around Berks County between 1996 and 2002. Their well-received CD "Songs of the Oley Valley" is available at all Maggie Spike shows. Maggie Spike's newest CD, "Passenger Station," is also available at shows.

Maggie Spike's approach to songwriting can be compared to Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Duncan Sheik, Roseanne Cash, Bill Miller, Sarah McLaughlin and Michael Hedges.

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Dan Kirby & Ben Young in the Cafe - October 31, 2014

6:30-8:30 p.m.

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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Voxology in The Cafe - November 7, 2014

6:30-8:30 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 - November 14, 2014

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Daryl Snider is a singer-songwriter based in Lancaster, PA.  His songs are tuneful, acoustic and authentic.  Listeners have described his music as sorrowful and joyful, soul-searching and uplifting, homegrown and international, poetic and melodic.  Daryl's voice is warm and easy to listen to, and his lyrics are meaningful.

After several careers and a constant urge toward music, Daryl broke through his songwriter's block with One Bad Song.  Soon, songwriting became the best way Daryl knows to understand and share life.  His first CD, Homemade Toy, was released in 2011.  While studying for his MA at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at EMU, Daryl explored the ways music brings healing, connects people across social groups and plays a role in societal change.

Daryl enjoyed a broad musical background:  Mennonite four-part singing, various vocal ensembles, oboe in orchestras, and saxophone in jazz combos and funk band Rupa Dupa.  He was part of cover band Done With Therapy, playing guitar so he could sing more.  Living in Haiti and Brazil further expanded Daryl’s musical worldview to create a rich tapestry of sounds and feels.

Daryl performs solo and with Frances Crowhill Miller in the band Sopa Sol.  Their current project, Ready for the Rain, is a musical journey through overwhelming shock, grief and recovery, weaving songs and stories to examine trauma, healing and legacies of colonialism in our social fabric.

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Kevin Neidig in The Café - November 19, 2014

6:30-8:30 p.m.

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


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


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.


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!


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Art & David Miron in The Café - November 21, 2014

6:30-8:30 p.m.

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 here, Art standing, David seated.

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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

Food is served until 2 p.m. on weekdays and 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Drinks and snacks are available until 3 on weekdays and until 5 on Saturdays. On Friday evening there is full food service until 8:30, drinks and snacks until 8:45.

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

Holiday Hours 2014


December 1—13:  Mon, Tue  10—6; Wed, Thu, Fri 10—9; Sat 10—5

December 15—20:  Mon—Fri 9—9; Sat 9—5

December 22—24:  Mon,Tue 9—9, Wed (Christmas Eve Day) 9—3

Regular Hours resume December 26

New Year’s Eve Day 10—3


December 1—13: Mon—Thu 10—3; Fri 10—3 & 5—9, Sat 10—5

December 15—20:  Mon—Thu  9—3; Fri 9—3 & 5—9, Sat 9—5

December 22—24:  Mon,Tue 9—3, Wed (Christmas Eve Day) 9—3

Regular Hours resume December 26

New Year’s Eve Day 10—3