About Ten Thousand Villages in Oak Park, IL
Ten Thousand Villages in Oak Park, 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.
Our store opened on September 7, 2007. We hope you will stop by to explore the wonderful variety of items we offer, to find things for yourself as well as gifts for the holidays and throughout the year.
Earn dollars for your church or organization while supporting fair trade at Ten Thousand Villages
We invite you to participate in our Shopping Event at Ten Thousand Villages in Oak Park which will be from Sunday, December 3 - Friday, December 8, 2017. For those five days your organization will receive 15% of the sales from customers who tell us they are shopping for your cause.
As a nonprofit organization ourselves, we understand the giving situation as well as how members value a fun, easy way to support your cause. Shoppers appreciate that purchases at Ten Thousand Villages support women, children’s education and employment opportunities for disadvantaged artisans in our world.
You’ll want to promote the event to your congregations and friends in your newsletter and services. Post it on your website or other community sites. Send emails and reminders and make some phone calls, because the more people who shop, the more money you’ll make. Ten Thousand Villages will publicize this event on our website and on Facebook, as well.
To participate, contact Clare Leavitt, store manager, no later than Wednesday, November 22. She can be reached at 708-848-4572 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.