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Ten Thousand Villages

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$15 for $30 Worth of Fair-Trade Goods, Accessories, and Gifts at Ten Thousand Villages. Choose from three locations.

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Highlights

  • Fair-trade coffee, tea, chocolate
  • Crafts from 130+ artisans
  • Ethical business practices
  • Environmentally responsible

Customer Reviews

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Drew
1 ratings1 reviews
February 14, 2018
THere is almost always something of quality and value to consider in the store
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Emily
7 ratings3 reviews
February 14, 2018
Love ten thousand villages!!
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Shirlene
3 ratings3 reviews
February 15, 2018
This store is delightful! Shopping there warms my heart.
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Linda
7 ratings2 reviews
February 16, 2018
Great variety of lovely items!
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MarionTOP REVIEWER
10 ratings5 reviews
February 19, 2018
Greatsource of Fair Tradecoffee and decorating goods.
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CarolTOP REVIEWERHELPFUL REVIEWER
51 ratings39 reviews
February 16, 2018
Owner was very pleasant and the store's display of products was laid out very nicely. This store is located in Evanston, IL and was a little to far for me to go but I will also check out the Oak Park, IL location which is a lot closer to me. Must check them out at your earliest opportunity; you won't be disappointed.
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Sally
1 ratings1 reviews
February 15, 2018
Great place to find unique gifts and home décor and know that you are supporting the handiwork of crafters from around the world.
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PhyllisTOP REVIEWER
13 ratings7 reviews
February 14, 2018
It was a great shopping experience. I felt like I made friends and I'll definitely go back. They have a wonderful selection of items and I'm very glad to support their work and get beautiful hand made things in the process. It's a place I would buy things for myself and for gifts.
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About This Deal

Artisan crafts can spruce up anything from ordinary living rooms to drab wolf dens, as evidenced by the handcrafted batiks draped over Teen Wolf posters in every home. For $15, today's deal gets you $30 worth of fair-trade goods at Ten Thousand Villages. This Groupon is good at the following Ten Thousand Villages locations: Evanston, Oak Park, and Glen Ellyn.

Working with artisans in developing countries and paying them fair wages, Ten Thousand Villages supplies handicraft lovers with handcrafted jewelry, home décor, accessories, and gifts. Support marginalized women in Bangladesh with YWCA Craft Centre's bright and goosy Super Duck backpack (Bangladesh, $24), which allows school children to strut confidently into second grade and lawyers to swagger into the courtroom with a duck on their backs. Socially conscious crafters can take home a hand-stitched capiz cat bookmark (Phillipines, $8) from Saffy Handicrafts, and frugal fashionistas can sport dancing-girl earrings made from recycled soda cans by KICK Trading Ltd. (Kenya, $12) or a marbled bead choker from TARA Projects (India, $16). Fair-trade staples, such as Equal Exchange coffee, tea, and chocolates, make tasty gifts for Father's Day, Secretary's Day, or Father's Secretary's Day.

Ten Thousand Villages takes its inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi, who said, "India is not to be found in a few cities, but in the 700,000 villages." As one of the founding members of the World Fair Trade Organization, Ten Thousand Villages empowers artisan groups from more than 38 countries with fair wages and long-term buying relationships. Every purchase helps pay for food, education, and healthcare for those who crafted Ten Thousand Villages' products, fostering a positive partnership between artist and consumer.

Reviews

Ten Thousand Villages won the 2005 People's Choice Award for Green Business of the Year. WGN News and Medill Reports featured Ten Thousand Villages. Four Insider Pagers give it an average of four stars and Yelpers award it an average of 4.5 stars:

  • The People’s Choice Award for Green Business of the Year is designed to honor the work of socially and environmentally responsible businesses, highlight how businesses can commit to products and practices that contribute to the health and well-being of people, workers, communities and the environment, and challenge corporate America to do the same. – Green America Today
  • At this shop, you will find all sorts of ethnic and exotic artifacts, clothes, instruments that you could hope for. One of several locations in the Chicago area, the staff is earthy and kind and will give you some ideas on what you might be looking for. – Ian W., Insider Pages

Need To Know

Promotional value expires Jul 4, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for location purchased. In-store only. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About 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.