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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« August 2015 »


June Happenings at the Village

First Bank and Trust—Putting Community (and Fair Trade) First

Ten Thousand Villages Evanston joins our bank, First Bank & Trust of Evanston, in a special, month-long campaign to support local business.  First Bank & Trust of Evanston will donate $2.50 to Ten Thousand Villages Evanston each time you visit and “like” the First Bank & Trust Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CommunityFirstBT

Don’t forget to look on the First Bank & Trust Facebook page for our photo featuring our Salt Crystal Glow Lamp and our collection of Etched Singing Bowls.  Remember to also visit and like the Ten Thousand Villages Evanston Facebook page to stay up-to-date with our new arrival products and special shopping events.

Ten Thousand Villages Evanston and First Bank & Trust of Evanston—putting community first!

“Second Chance” Shopping – Visit Ten Thousand Villages Evanston at the Custer Street Fair

On June 20 and 21, celebrate the summer with Ten Thousand Villages at the Custer Street Fair!  Look for tables in front of our store that will feature great bargains.

Arrive early on Saturday, June 20, for the best “steals” of the summertime!

Shop Fair Trade for Father’s Day – Find the Best Gifts for Dads (and Grads)

Just in time for Father’s Day on Sunday, June 21, Ten Thousand Villages Evanston introduces its CAUSEGEAR® collection of totes, messenger bags, and back packs—designed in Chicago, built in India, and modeled by you!  CAUSEGEAR® is a L3C enterprise returning 90 percent of its profits to its artisans in India, where the typical fashion worker earns only two dollars per day.

CAUSEGEAR® manufactures its bags from light canvas and buffalo leather for a streamlined, urban look.  A perfect gift for the professional dad—or the recent graduate who needs a fashionable, functional carryall that goes with everything.

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.

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