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$16.50 for $30 Worth of Fair-Trade Goods, Accessories, and Gifts at Ten Thousand Villages

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In a Nutshell

Storefront stockpiles coffee, tea, chocolate, and fair-trade handicrafts from more than disadvantaged artisans in developing countries

The Fine Print

Expires 90 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for location purchased. In-store only. Not valid for sale items or with other offers or specials. Not valid for oriental rugs. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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The Deal

  • $16.50 for $30 worth of fair-trade goods, accessories, and gifts

Ten Thousand Villages

All big movements start small, but many would be surprised to learn that Ten Thousand Villages—a nonprofit and retailer with 390 outlets nationwide—began out of a car trunk. In 1946, Edna Ruth Byler started the organization out of her car, taking a name from a quote by Mohandas Gandhi, who said, “India is not to be found in its few cities but in the 700,000 villages.” Her willpower and determination allowed her vision to grow into a nonprofit that today supports more than 130 artisans in 38 developing countries. These artisans' wares go on sale at the organization's nationwide retail outlets, which brim with items including jewelry, home decor, and refrigerator cozies.

Everything is made using environmentally friendly processes, and every artisan is paid a fair wage. The money raised from sales goes to supply the artisans—who might otherwise be unemployed or underemployed—with education, food, housing, and healthcare. The organization has risen to such stature that it won the People’s Choice Award for Green Business of the Year in 2005, and has acted as one of the founding members of the World Fair Trade Organization.


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99% of 409 customers recommend

  • “Great variety of lovely items!”

  • “Great place to find unique gifts and home décor and know that you are supporting the handiwork of crafters from around the world. ”

  • “Greatsource of Fair Tradecoffee and decorating goods. ”

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    Ten Thousand Villages Chicago

    121 North Marion Street

    Oak Park, IL 60301

    +17088484572

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    Ten Thousand Villages Chicago

    719 Main Street

    Evanston, IL 60202

    +18477338258

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