Evanston, IL

719 Main St.
Evanston, IL 60202

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Rug Event

Our Annual Rug Event is coming soon!

Beautiful rugs in all colors and sizes arrive in our Evanston store on April 25. Join us at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 25 or Wednesday, April 30 for a special presentation. Learn more about the rug event by clicking on the image above, or go to our events page.

Public Annual Meeting of Ten Thousand Villages/Evanston - April 12, 6 to 7 p.m.
All are invited to attend our annual meeting at Reba Meeting House, 620 Madison in Evanston. Special guest speaker is Flora Lujana, sales manager for Heshima Kenya, the only organization that exists solely to protect and empower young refugee women and girls living alone in Nairobi.  Ten Thousand Villages is proud to feature the colorful tie-dye scarves made by these women. For more information, go to our events page.

Celebrate Spring!
We are stocked with fresh new items for spring. Come and shop for bright and cheery gifts for all occasions.

Ten Thousand Villages guarantees a unique shopping experience – which will in turn help an artisan family earn a living. In addition to lovely 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 are ready to help with your selections.

Spread the word! Like us on the Ten Thousand Villages Evanston Facebook page and follow us on Twitter/TTVEvanston.

For information about Ten Thousand Villages in Evanston, please call 847-733-8258 or e-mail evanston@tenthousandvillages.com.

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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
  • Committee Member – Retail Excellence Committee, Marketing Committee and Volunteer Committee
  • 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 Cheryl Nester-Detweiler for more information, or stop by the store for an application.

Volunteer and Staff Book Group schedule:

Monday evenings through May, 2014
November 18, 2013: "Factory Girls" by L. Chang
January 13, 2014: "And the Mountains Echoed" by K. Hosseini
February 24, 2014: "The Valley of Amazement" by A. Tan
April 17, 2014: "From the Back of the Pews to the Head of the Class" by R. McClory
Mr. McClory will be joining us for the discussion.
May 19, 2014: "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Z. N. Hurston
We will also be watching the movie that evening.

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


Upcoming Events

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Annual Rug Event - April 25, 2014 - May 5, 2014

Bunyaad rugs

April 24–May 4

Join us as our store hosts the Annual Oriental Rug Event featuring a collection of over 300 heirloom-quality Oriental rugs hand-knotted by fairly paid adults in Pakistan. These exquisite rugs will accent any home décor with rich colors and intricate designs.

For a sneak peek at the various Oriental Rugs from Pakistan, visit: rugsearch.tenthousandvillages.com

Persian rugs

Introduction to Oriental Rugs Evenings
Friday, April 25 at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, April 30 at 7 p.m.

Learn how Oriental Rugs are made, from dyeing the wool to tying the fringes. Presented by staff from our Main Bunyaad Rug Gallery in Ephrata, Pennsylvania.

To reserve your seat for this free public seminar, please call the store at 847-733-8258 or email evanston@tenthousandvillages.com.

If you are unable to attend the seminar we invite you to watch our Introduction to Oriental Rugs Video

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Store Hours for Ten Thousand Villages in Evanston, IL

Hours for Evanston Store:

Monday-Friday: 10am—6pm
Saturday: 10am—6pm
Sunday: 12pm—5pm

CLOSED FOR INVENTORY: January 19 and 20