Evanston, IL

719 Main St.
Evanston, IL 60202

Summer Store Hours
Mon-Sat: 10am—6pm
Thursday: 10am—7pm
Sunday: 11am—5pm

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« October 2015 »



Fall is the time to give thanks for the good things we've enjoyed throughout the year and share our bounty with others. Partner with Ten Thousand Villages Evanston and our local food bank, Hillside Pantry, in our Fall Food Drive and help a family in need enjoy a full holiday meal.

For two weeks, beginning October 20th and ending November 3rd, we'll accept your donations of canned and packaged goods (soups, cereals, pasta, rice, and non-perishable fruits, veggies, fish, and meat) at our store at 719 Main Street in Evanston. With your donation, we'll offer a coupon to shop in our store to say, "Thank you," for your generosity.

Learn more about the people and purpose behind Hillside Pantry by watching this documentary film created by Susan Hope Engel: Video

Explore our world of fair trade treasures, including lovely gifts, home decor, personal accessories, jewelry, chocolate, coffee and so much more. By purchasing fair trade items at Ten Thousand Villages, you can make a difference in the lives of artisans around the globe. Our mission is to provide fair wage income for people in the developing world by marketing their handcrafted products and sharing their artisan stories. The more items we sell, the more families we can help support. Artisans are better able to improve their homes, educate their children and put food on the table – and to live healthier lives of dignity.

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For more information about Ten Thousand Villages, browse this website, call 847-733-8258 or email evanston@tenthousandvillages.com.


About Us

About Ten Thousand Villages in Evanston, IL

Ten Thousand Villages in Evanston, IL, 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.

The story of Ten Thousand Villages in Evanston is one of rapid growth. We began in May 1997, with 1400 square feet and two full-time managers. Today we have TWICE the floor space, 5 full time employees, and more than 80 volunteers! In the past fifteen years, our sales of fair trade goods have TRIPLED, making us one of the LARGEST Ten Thousand Villages stores in the country and translating into vital fair income for hundreds of disadvantaged artisans around the world.

Come in today and explore our world of fabulous fair trade treasures. New items arrive every week. In addition to unique home decor, jewelry and personal accessories, we also carry musical instruments, handmade greeting cards, soaps, fair trade coffee, chocolate, baking mixes and MUCH MORE. Our knowledgeable volunteers will gladly help you choose a perfect gift for everyone on your list - and a treat for yourself. You will enjoy a unique shopping experience which in turn will help an artisan family earn a living. What a happy combination!

Stay connected by following us on Facebook or visit the events page often. To learn more about local fair trade, go to www.chicagofairtrade.org.


Join Our Village of Volunteers!

Ten Thousand Village’s Mission is to provide vital, fair wage income for people in the developing world by marketing their handicrafts and telling their stories. The dedication of our volunteer corps is key to our success in offering excellent customer service and in creating economic opportunities for artisans worldwide. Our volunteers help make the connection between these artisans and buyers in North America. In order to keep costs to our customers down, we utilize the services of about 70 volunteers monthly.

Volunteer Opportunities at Ten Thousand Villages in Evanston:

  • Sales Associate – Click here for description
  • A variety of back office activities:  Data entry, marketing, social media, graphic design, accounting, loading and unloading, event planners, event set-up and more
  • Committee Member – Customer Care, Marketing, Finance and Volunteer Committees
  • Community Outreach Volunteer – Share information about Ten Thousand Villages with community groups

If you'd like to join this fun group of people, email volunteer coordinator Betty Walker for more information, or stop by the store for an application.

Internship:  We are currently seeking an intern who can work flexible hours to help promote Ten Thousand Villages Evanston on social media such as FB, Twitter, Vine and Instagram.  This position could transition into a paid management position in the fall of 2015.  Contact Joseph Meyer for more information.

Current volunteers: Click here to log on to the VicNet self scheduling tool.

Sales & Events

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Bag Sale - November 7, 2015 - November 7, 2015


Join us on Saturday, November 7th for our annual Bag Sale and get 25 percent off all the items you can fit into our shopping bag! Our Bag Sale is the perfect time to get an early start on holiday shopping and pick up new, fall season clothing and home decor items that won't be discounted again before year's-end.

Meet us for a cup of fair trade coffee and a seasonal sale event that's sure to please everyone on your gift list!

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Summer Store Hours
Mon-Sat: 10am—6pm
Thursday: 10am—7pm
Sunday: 11am—5pm