Ten Thousand Villages in Evanston, IL is a Fair Trade retailer of artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories and gift items from across the globe. All of their products are hand made by fairly paid adults (where the women are paid the same as men) and regular inspections ensure that everyone has a clean, safe working environment.
Shop & support Ten Thousand Villages at the Chicago Artisan Market on Sat & Sun, May 1-2, 2021 at Artifact Events (4325 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago). Discover top Chicago & Midwest artisans in food, fashion, home goods + art. (mask required, social distancing in place)
You can also shop & support Ten Thousand Villages at the Oak Brook Artisan Market at The Drake Hotel – Oak Brook on Sat & Sun, May 22-23, 2021. This 2-day outdoor market showcases the Midwest’s finest artisans in fashion, food, home goods + art. (mask required in market area)
As part of a network of over 70 stores in the United States selling Ten Thousand Villages products, the Evanston store features products from more than 130 artisan groups in 38 countries.
As one of the world’s oldest and largest fair trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages has spent 70 years cultivating trading relationships in which artisans receive a fair price for their work and consumers have access to distinctive handcrafted items. They 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.
The mission of Ten Thousand Villages is to provide vital, fair wage income for people in the developing world by marketing their handicrafts and telling their stories. The dedication of their volunteer corps is key to their success in offering excellent customer service and in creating economic opportunities for artisans worldwide.
The story of Ten Thousand Villages of Evanston is one of rapid growth. They began in May 1997 with 1,400 square feet and two full-time managers. Today, they have twice the floor space, 3 full-time managers, and more than 80 volunteers! In the past fifteen years, their sales of Fair Trade goods have tripled, making them one of the largest Ten Thousand Villages stores in the country, which translates into vital fair income for hundreds of disadvantaged artisans around the world.
New items arrive every week to the Evanston store. In addition to unique home decor, jewelry and personal accessories, they carry musical instruments, greeting cards, soaps, coffee, chocolate, baking mixes and much more.
Let the knowledgeable volunteers help you choose a perfect gift for everyone on your list – and a treat for yourself. You will enjoy a unique shopping experience which in turn will help an artisan family earn a living.
Ten Thousand Villages
915 Chicago Ave.
Evanston, IL 60202