Whitehall, PA

Lehigh Valley Mall - The Outdoor Shops, Suite 904
Whitehall, PA 18052
610-231-8776
lehighvalley@tenthousandvillages.com

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Monday 10-9
Tuesday 10-9
Wednesday 10-9
Thursday 10-9
Friday 10-9
Saturday 10-9
Sunday 11-6

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Ten Thousand Villages — A Fair Trade Retailer Since 1946
More than 60 years ago Edna Ruth Byler, a pioneering businesswoman, began selling handcrafted products from Puerto Rico out of the trunk of her car to help eradicate poverty. Today a global network of social entrepreneurs works to empower artisans in developing countries.

What Does Fair Trade Mean?
A fair price and cash advances
Long-term relationships
Design collaboration
Environmental responsibility

Featured New Item:
The natural beauty of shesham wood and alabaster stone is showcased in this serving tray. It demonstrates the expert skill of two separate workshops, Hegaza Wooden Craft Project and Hassan Alabaster Group, each of whom contribute their part with the help of Fair Trade Egypt. Collaborations such as this show just how much better things can be if we work together, each sharing our talents for an end result that would not have been possible without separate parts coming together as one. To maintain shesham’s natural luster, apply lemon oil or another food-safe wood polish occasionally.


Now Accepting Applications for Fall Marketing and Public Relations Interns
This is an unpaid internship that can be customized to fit your needs. Interested candidates should email a letter of interest and resume to Tina Huyler at manager.lehighvalley@tenthousandvillages.com.


About Us

Ten Thousand Villages in Whitehall, PA, 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.

Ten Thousand Villages is part of the outdoor shops of the Lehigh Valley Mall, located in Whitehall, Pennsylvania. The mall is part of the economic structure of the Lehigh Valley, the metropolitan area connecting the cities of Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton.

The Lehigh Valley is home to more than 800,000 people, and recent census studies indicate that it is the fastest-growing region in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The area enjoys ease of access and close proximity to many of the largest markets and centers of population in the United States, and has a lower cost of living than most other regions in the northeastern part of the country.

The area has a rich history of culture and industry. Perhaps most famously, it was the location of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation, which was the second-largest manufacturer of steel in the United States for over a century. It is the home of Just Born candies, Crayola crayons, Rodale Press, Air Products and Chemicals, and many other well-known companies. The tourism industry also flourishes, due to the Lehigh Valley being the home of many natural attractions as well as man-made sites, including historical locations dating back to before the Revolutionary War. The Lehigh Valley is also an educational center, boasting seven four-year colleges and universities and a pair of acclaimed two-year colleges.

Volunteer

Become a Fair Trade Ambassador!

•  Learn the principles of fair trade
•  Learn artisan stories and craft techniques
•  Assist customers to find the perfect gift
•  Assist with general operational tasks such as light housekeeping, processing shipment, marketing and events
•  Share your new found knowledge of fair trade with your community!

Short term and long term volunteer positions available. Have an hour or two a week to spare? Call 610-231-8776 to schedule an orientation.

Now Accepting Applications for Fall Marketing and Public Relations Interns
This is an unpaid internship that can be customized to fit your needs. Interested candidates should email a letter of interest and resume to Tina Huyler at manager.lehighvalley@tenthousandvillages.com.


Meet Our Volunteers

George's Story:

Following my third Mission Trip to El Salvador, I felt a need to support people in developing countries who were going to extraordinary means to support their families. In El Salvador, I often purchased handmade items from people who were attempting to better their lives and the lives of their children. When Ten Thousand Villages opened a retail store in the Lehigh Valley Mall, I saw an opportunity to connect to people in places similar to El Salvador. Unfortunately in many developing countries, the only work opportunities for people, are in large corporate ventures that take advantage of people. Through Ten Thousand Villages, artisans receive a fair wage for their work and are supported in the creative work that they do. I especially appreciate how Ten Thousand Villages works directly with the artisans in product development. This not only respects the artisans’ craftwork, but also empowers them to take control of their lives.

Volunteering at Lehigh Valley Ten Thousand Villages has been an enriching experience for me as well. Each time that I am in the store I learn more about the artisans who produce such wonderful crafts. It some ways I feel as though I know these people, because I personally met people in similar situations when I was in El Salvador. The staff and many of the customers are an inspiration to me in their commitment to the ideals of fair trade and making a difference in our world. Every time that I leave the shop after volunteering, I feel that I am part of a larger network that promotes the well-being of our planet and its people.


Carissa's Story:

My first volunteer experience at Ten Thousand Villages was during an orientation week with Mennonite Central Committee in their warehouse in Akron, PA.  I was part of a group of young people who were preparing for year-long voluntary services terms and learning about the impact that fair trade has on the people who we were preparing to meet in countries around the world. During that evening, I learned about the powerful mission behind the store that I had been familiar with for years and the multitude of people involved in getting all the products from around the world into the stores.  I was 18 years old and my assignment took me to Asuncion, Paraguay, where I worked in the state run psychiatric hospital as a volunteer within the occupational therapy department.  I helped teach the patients basic needlework and craft skills and they taught me so much more.  That experience exposed me to people and situations in developing countries around the world and the responsibility I have in learning from them in order to live a more aware and sustainable life.  Other voluntary assignments took me to an indigenous community in Paraguay as well shorter terms to Zimbabwe and Tanzania.   The relationships and experiences that I had during those times opened my eyes to the world beyond me and continues to help give perspective to my life.

When I recently moved to the Lehigh Valley, I had more free time on my hands and found the perfect opportunity to jump onboard as a Ten Thousand Villages volunteer.  When I volunteer, I look at the bags or the woven kaisa baskets and am reminded of my friends in Paraguay, where the women gather cactus fibers to make into gorgeous bags, using the resources and dyes that are available to them in nature.  I appreciate the beautiful sarongs and batiked wall hangings even more when I think about Margaret in Tanzania, who taught me how much time and patience is required to batik.  And I get to hear the stories of our customers, whether they have been shopping fair trade all their lives or this is their first time.  I know that fair trade is empowering women and the underprivileged, giving them an opportunity to have education, food, housing and a sustainable life.  I also know that it can open the eyes of people right here in the community to our neighbors around the world.   There is something rare and powerful in connecting stories between people of different parts of the globe and I’m glad that I can be a part of it. 


Daina's Story:

The combination of the sweet aromatic soaps, colorful scarves, and intricate figurines intrigued me and provoked many questions as I made my way around What In The World, a quaint, exotic store in Hackettstown, New Jersey. After chatting with the store owners for some time, a married couple with an unimaginable abundance of patience and passion, I began to realize how much I had in common with them. We all shared an infatuation with diverse cultures, travel, and offering a helping hand for the greater good. It was then that I fell in love with the idea of fair trade.

What could be a better way to appreciate art than to combine the talent that these artisans possess with the knowing that the purchase of these beautifully hand-crafted works of art are supplying them with the essentials that we Americans sometimes think of so lightly? Besides the knowledge of providing these artisans with clean water, education, and a steady income, we are able to appreciate the different product developing techniques and materials and resources that our country fails to bestow. Each hand-made item in Ten Thousand Villages shows intricate design, something I am familiar with through my work in creating jewelry and accessories for friends and other customers. I can truly appreciate the hard work that these artisans do by understanding the patience and effort hand-made and good quality products require. Fair trade is not to be confused with charity of any sort. Fair trade will never exploit artisans, but will only aim to enhance the quality of life and art for those who need some assistance. It disgusts me to think about the experiences an innocent girl the same age as me is forced to go through, including rape, starvation, and negligence. It is not enough to just think about it or to feel sympathetic while I put myself in her shoes. I plan to take action along with all the others involved in the fair trade movement.

Volunteering at Ten Thousand Villages has provided me the opportunity to gain experience as well as confirm that working in this type of company is the most rewarding and perfect job for me. Any questions that I had regarding fair trade prior to volunteering here at Ten Thousand Villages has been thoroughly answered and pushed me to strive for more information in order to better my chances of owning my own fair trade store one day in the future. Learning how to express the goals of Ten Thousand Villages to customers has not only taught me more about fair trade in general, but also how to strengthen relationships with others through the fair trade idea. Seeing the expression on a customer’s face after explaining all the opportunity fair trade has to offer to artisans is not only rewarding, but also helps to spread the word. Networking is crucial is most situations, but especially in fair trade. With the help of eager customers who appreciate art that is not mass-produced and all those who are involved with Ten Thousand Villages and other fair trade companies, these artisans will have the life that they deserve.


Wendi's Story:

Ten Thousand Villages is an organization that understands the need for empowerment in the developing world and implements it well through bringing fairly traded items to the U. S. marketplace.  My involvement as a volunteer with the Lehigh Valley store allows me to support my passion for empowering women in the developing world, right here in my own community.

My work with Touching Lives Ministry also allows me to support my passion by impacting a community in western Kenya.   Through an ongoing project for a 120 bed hospital, providing clean water and sanitation, providing adult education, supporting the community with spiritual care and developing a micro-finance organization we are able to empower that community with sustainable opportunities for the future.

Though the two organizations operate on opposite sides of the globe, the focus of both is unified: Assisting people by providing opportunities they can embrace to create a better life for themselves and their families.

Sales & Events

Upcoming Events

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Home Decor Photo Contest - July 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014

It's time for our annual home décor photo contest! Simply take a photo (or two, or three..) and show us how you incorporate Ten Thousand Villages items in your home - planters, baskets, bowls, lamps, mirrors, statues, wall hangings, etc. Help inspire others to think of creative ways to decorate fashionably and fair!

Submit photographs via Facebook! Simply search Ten Thousand Villages Lehigh Valley Mall and submit photographs via Facebook messenger Please include your name, email and phone number. Each photo submitted earns one entry to win a $50 gift card!

Deadline to enter is Sunday, August 31. Winner will be drawn at random and notified the first week of September.

No purchase necessary to enter. Ten Thousand Villages Lehigh Valley Mall will use submitted photographs for marketing purposes.

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Children's Book Drive for Judith's Reading Room - August 1, 2014 - September 7, 2014

Throughout the month of August, Ten Thousand Villages at the Lehigh Valley Mall will be accepting donations of children's books. These books will be given to Judith's Reading Room, a nonprofit organization based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, which promotes literacy worldwide. Judith's Reading Room will send the donated books to Indonesia, where teachers will use them to instruct both adults and children in reading and writing English - a vital skill for employment opportunities in that country. Donations for the book drive are also being accepted at Ten Thousand Villages stores in Ardmore, Ephrata, Exton, Lancaster, and Media.

Then, join the fun on Sunday, September 7, which is recognized as International Literacy Day. Shop at Ten Thousand Villages at the Lehigh Valley Mall or Ten Thousand Villages Media on that day between 1 and 5 pm, and 15% of your purchase will go to Judith's Reading Room to help defray the cost of shipping all the donated books to Indonesia! Artisans have been paid in full.

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Sarong Saturdays - August 23, 2014

Sarongs are back, but only for a limited time! Join the staff at Ten Thousand Villages Lehigh Valley Mall on Saturdays throughout the summer and celebrate the exotic beauty of Indonesian sarongs! You'll enjoy light refreshments and world music while our associates show you stylish ways to incorporate sarongs into your wardrobe as skirts, dresses, shawls, and more. They're also an inexpensive way to dress up your home! Sarongs are available in virtually every color you can imagine, so the possibilities are endless! They are lightweight, machine-washable, and incredibly versatile.

What are you waiting for? Mark your calendar and travel the south seas with us!

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School Supplies Drive for Cradles to Crayons - August 28, 2014 - September 7, 2014

Help send kids in need back to school with essentials for education! From August 28 to September 7, Ten Thousand Villages at the Lehigh Valley Mall will accept donations of new school supplies on behalf of Cradles to Crayons. This national nonprofit will distribute the supplies to students in the greater Philadelphia area, where 1 in 5 children live in poverty. Items accepted include notebooks or composition books, pencils, pencil cases, pencil sharpeners, blue or black pens, crayons (24-pack), colored pencils (12-pack), pocket folders, glue sticks, rulers, erasers, scissors, and backpacks.

Kick off the supply drive at our Community Shopping Event for Cradles to Crayons on Friday, August 29! Shop at Ten Thousand Villages at the Lehigh Valley Mall between 3 and 7 pm, and 15% of your purchase will be donated to the organization. Artisans have been paid in full.

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Sarong Saturdays - August 30, 2014

Sarongs are back, but only for a limited time! Join the staff at Ten Thousand Villages Lehigh Valley Mall on Saturdays throughout the summer and celebrate the exotic beauty of Indonesian sarongs! You'll enjoy light refreshments and world music while our associates show you stylish ways to incorporate sarongs into your wardrobe as skirts, dresses, shawls, and more. They're also an inexpensive way to dress up your home! Sarongs are available in virtually every color you can imagine, so the possibilities are endless! They are lightweight, machine-washable, and incredibly versatile.

What are you waiting for? Mark your calendar and travel the south seas with us!

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Lehigh Valley Nonprofit Awareness Expo - September 13, 2014

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

For the third year in a row, the Lehigh Valley Mall will host the Lehigh Valley Nonprofit Awareness Expo, and Ten Thousand Villages at the Lehigh Valley Mall will participate! Come and get to know dozens of nonprofits in the Lehigh Valley area. Learn how you can volunteer, donate, and make a difference in our community! Bring the kids to enjoy free fun activities throughout the event too. Plus, bring a donation of kids' toiletries, socks, individually wrapped snacks, crayons or markers, and you'll be entered into a raffle to win great prizes. The entire event is free, open to the public, and will take place inside the mall whether rain or shine. Don't miss it!

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Store Hours
Monday 10-9
Tuesday 10-9
Wednesday 10-9
Thursday 10-9
Friday 10-9
Saturday 10-9
Sunday 11-6