Ephrata, PA

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

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Living Gifts

Once again we offer Living Gifts to you as an option for your holiday gift giving. Choose FOOD, WATER, EDUCATION or HEALTH. Available NOW through December 31.

Dynamic Holiday Season of Giving

book cover15% of your purchase (includes Store, Café & Bunyaad Rugs) will go to one of over 15 local non-profit organizations. Support the group of your choice! Click on each organization's name to learn about their work.

Buying a Bunyaad rug during one of the Community Shopping Events? Please print and submit this form with your rug purchase during the scheduled times below.

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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).

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Upcoming Events

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Temple Avenue in The Cafe - December 26, 2014


Temple Avenue is a jazz quartet that combines young energy and creativity with respect for jazz traditions.

The group features three Temple University senior jazz majors—saxophonist Seth Ebersole of Mohnton, bassist Jack Synoski of Hazelton and drummer Austin Wagner of Manheim Township, Lancaster County. The fourth member of the quartet is pianist Colin Mekeel, sophomore at HACC Lancaster and three-time District Jazz Band participant.

Temple Avenue’s repertoire includes original compositions as well as arrangements of compositions by some of jazz’s finest composers, such as Miles Davis and Clifford Brown, and jazz standards.

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Jeff Raught in the Cafe - January 2, 2015

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Here’s a glimpse of who Jeff Raught is. Learn more at his website, jeffraught.com.

Composer, Actor, Musician, Singer

Jeff continues to explore what each of those mean as the years roll by. A deeper understanding in composition, the roles he plays on stage, exploration of the piano, and giving voice to song in his own unique way.

He’s played piano since discovering the player piano in the basement of his childhood home.

Jeff’s been working with various theater groups since 1986. From improve to composing music, he continues to collaborate with other artists, actors and musicians.

What kind of music?

“I get asked that question a lot. What kind of music do you play? I suppose some assume it’s all churchy music. I suppose it all depends on the venue. I try to inject truth into lyrics. What I honestly hope for is that my music is not stodgy and stiff and that anyone can listen and find something they relate to. Some of that might be the blues, some of it is crunchy discordant 7th chords with flatted 13ths added. Does that help? At the very least, it is music filled with color. I write songs about training wheels as sons grow older. I write songs about the journey of aging. Mostly I try and write about that which moves me.”


Since 1983 it’s been Jeff and Cindy. They have two fine sons, Alan and Ed, and an extraordinary canine, Henry. Alan is back in Lancaster for a while after calling Salt Lake City, Utah home for a few years. And Ed has moved to Rochester, New York and is now married to Kaylee. So it’s back to Jeff and Cindy time. But what matters most is having God surround him and his family.

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George Wallace in the Cafe - January 9, 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 . . .’


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Leah Weigel in the Café - January 16, 2015

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Leah Weigel strives to create a musical experience that inspires and heals. As a current Music Therapy student at Berklee College of Music, she looks to magnify the power of music through her songwriting.

Leah identifies first as a writer and then as a musician of voice, piano, and guitar. She is fascinated by the marriage of words and music, which is evident in her strongly lyrical songs. She gathers inspiration from a variety of sources often including imagery of the natural world, words of encouragement, social injustice, love, peace, and lots of stories about people she loves and, of course, hypothetical people she makes up inside her head.

Leah grew up listening to artists such as Joni Mitchell, The Indigo Girls, Tracy Chapman, and Paul Simon, which inevitably sneak their influence into her songs. Although Leah does not confine herself to one genre, many would classify it as folk or folk/pop. She also dabbles in spoken word poetry, Children's Music, and piano compositions.

"What is my goal as a songwriter? I want to make people happy. I want to take what I see in the world, craft it into a song, and pour it back out again. I want to tell stories, give people hope, and inspire them."

"What is the hardest part about songwriting? Being vulnerable. But I like discovering those hidden parts of myself. Everyone has them and I want to prove that it’s okay to show it. We are fragile creatures. Art is a safe way to embrace our fragility."

"What is the best part of being a songwriter? As a Music Therapy student, there is nothing as rewarding as writing a song for a client and watching them heal or learn a new skill from it. As a musician I have the power to do amazing things, maybe even change people--I am learning that. When I write a deep song about something, my Dad will usually cry when he hears it. I joke that making people cry is my superpower."

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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 - 5:00 PM Drinks, snacks, desserts 3—5
Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Drinks, snacks, desserts 3—5
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Drinks, snacks, desserts 3—5
Thursday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Drinks, snacks, desserts 3—5
Friday: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM Drinks, snacks, desserts 3—5
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Drinks, snacks, desserts 3—5
Sunday: Closed

HOLIDAY HOURS 2014    Ten Thousand Villages Ephrata



December 1—13: Mon & Tue 10—6; Wed-Fri 10—9; Sat 10—5

December 15—20: Mon—Fri 9—9; Sat 9—5

December 22-24:  Mon & Tue 9—9;  Christmas Eve 9—3

Regular hours resume December 26

New Year’s Eve 10—3



December 1—13:  Mon & Tues 10—5, Wed & Thu 10—8, Fri 10—9, Sat 10—5

December 15—20: Mon-Thu 9—8, Fri 9—9, Sat 9—5

December 22—24: Mon & Tue 9—8, Christmas Eve 9—3

New Year’s Eve 10—3

Regular Café hours resume December 26