Whitehall, PA

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

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

Store Calendar

Find upcoming events
« July 2014 »
SMTWTFS
 01 02 03 04 05
06 07 08 09 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31  

Home

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:
Inspire an outfit that inspires an outing. The mixed and patterned metal Sunken Treasure Necklace and Earrings makes a collage of fortunes found and awakens your sense of adventure.

Known for its whimsical designs, Bombolulu Workshops in Mombasa, Kenya provides employment, training, housing, and childcare support to artisans with disabilities.

(Necklace sku #4112740, $49; Earrings sku #4112750, $24; Bombolulu Jewelry Workshop, Kenya)


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

Click on an event for more information.

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.

Permanent link to event

Table Linen Sale! - July 14, 2014 - July 28, 2014

JULY 14-28
TABLE LINEN SALE

BUY ONE TABLECLOTH,
GET ONE 50% OFF

BUY 3 NAPKINS, NAPKIN RINGS OR
PLACEMATS, GET THE 4TH FREE

Table Linen Sale


Artisans have been paid in full. Discount applied to item of equal or lesser value. Not valid with other discounts. At participating stores only.

Permanent link to event

Bon Voyage Pillowcase Party - July 25, 2014

12-4

Ten Thousand Villages and Touching Lives Ministry would like to offer a huge THANK YOU to those that have donated new or gently used pillowcases, and those who have personally crafted them into dresses! As a result of your compassion, countless young girls in the area of Sanjweru, Kenya will be gifted with beautiful new dresses.

To celebrate your giving, we would like to invite you to our send-off party for the Touching Lives mission team, who will be traveling to Kenya with your gifts later this year. A representative from Touching Lives will be here to answer questions.

It's going to be a fantastic party with authentic Kenyan cuisine and refreshments. You'll also receive 25% off one full-price price item in the store! We hope to see you between 12 and 4 p.m. on Friday, July 25!

Please confirm that you will be attending the event by visiting our page at Eventbrite.

Permanent link to event

Sarong Saturdays - July 26, 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!

Permanent link to event

Sarong Saturdays - August 2, 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!

Permanent link to event

Sarong Saturdays - August 9, 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!

Permanent link to event

Sarong Saturdays - August 16, 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!

Permanent link to event

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!

Permanent link to event

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!

Permanent link to event

Map

Hours

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