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.