Evanston, IL

719 Main St.
Evanston, IL 60202
847-733-8258
evanston@tenthousandvillages.com

Store Hours

CLOSED Jan 19 for inventory

Mon-Sat: 10am—6pm
Sunday: 12pm—5pm

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Fair Trade Oriental Rugs

Join us Thursday 10–7, Friday 10–7, Saturday 10–6, Sunday 12–5 and Monday 10–6 for our Annual Oriental Rug Event, featuring over 300 handknotted rugs all made by fairly paid adults, from 2'x3's to 10'x14's.

We host this special event once a year to bring these high quality, fairly traded hand-knotted rugs to our community.

It's an event not to miss as these fairly traded rugs represent a win-win situation for all.

Introduction to Oriental Rug Evening

Thursday, April 23 at 7 pm

Spend an evening learning more about how Oriental rugs are made, from dyeing the wool to tying the fringes and hear how fair trade works to produce high quality while still offering competitive prices for the North American consumer.

Please RSVP, if you plan to attend by calling 847-733-8258


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.

Volunteer

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

Upcoming Events

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Oriental Rug Event - April 23, 2015 - April 28, 2015

Bunyaad rugs

Join us Thursday 10–7, Friday 10–7, Saturday 10–6, Sunday 12–5 and Monday 10–6 for our Annual Oriental Rug Event, featuring over 300 handknotted rugs all made by fairly paid adults, from 2'x3's to 10'x14's.

We host this special event once a year to bring these high quality, fairly traded hand-knotted rugs to our community.

It's an event not to miss as these fairly traded rugs represent a win-win situation for all.

Introduction to Oriental Rug Evening

counting rug knots

Thursday, April 23 at 7 pm

Spend an evening learning more about how Oriental rugs are made, from dyeing the wool to tying the fringes and hear how fair trade works to produce high quality while still offering competitive prices for the North American consumer.

Please RSVP, if you plan to attend by calling 847-733-8258

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Hours

Store Hours

CLOSED Jan 19 for inventory

Mon-Sat: 10am—6pm
Sunday: 12pm—5pm