Evanston, IL

719 Main St.
Evanston, IL 60202

Store Hours
Mon-Sat: 10am—6pm
Sunday: 12pm—5pm

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« August 2014 »


Help us connect more shoppers and artisans

Introduce a friend to our store, and you both will save!

By purchasing fair trade items at Ten Thousand Villages, you and your friend 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.

Bring in your friends, family and colleagues to shop at our Evanston store. Use these coupons by August 31 and you can save 25% on one item, and your friend can save 40%! CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD COUPONS.

Bring the Kids to our Fair Trade Music Festival!

Join in a fair trade scavenger hunt and spend time with other kids doing “hands-on” activities and making music on Saturday, August 16 at Ten Thousand Villages in Evanston.

This indoor festival features a live interactive program with the World Music Trio of Winnetka who will demonstrate instruments from many nations, sing native folk songs and stir your imagination with lively storytelling.

All are invited to play world instruments, dance and have fun. Adults can browse the store while children learn about fair trade.

Activities start at 11am. The World Music Trio performs from 1 – 3pm.

Ten Thousand Villages carries many children’s items including: musical instruments, finger puppets, dolls, activity books, World-Music CDs, and more.

Don’t wait until the festival! Come shop today for fair trade gifts, home decor, personal accessories, jewelry, chocolate, coffee and lots more. YOUR PURCHASE DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Every item purchased at Ten Thousand Villages helps provide vital, fair income to artisans and their families. Artisans are better able to improve their homes, educate their children and put food on the table – and to live healthier lives of dignity.

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

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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 will resume in the fall.

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

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Store Hours
Mon-Sat: 10am—6pm
Sunday: 12pm—5pm