Brookline, MA

Coolidge Corner, 226 Harvard St.
Brookline, MA 02446

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Sunday: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

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Safe Harbors

From ports of call around the world to the safe harbor of your home, these gifts and accents celebrate the docks and wharves — the spaces where the work is done. Inspired by rope and riggings, wood weathered by winds and waves, storied crafts anchor this seaworthy style.

About Us

About Ten Thousand Villages in Brookline, MA

Ten Thousand Villages in Brookline, MA, 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 is located in Coolidge Corner, the cultural heart of Brookline.  We are surrounded by some of the best restaurants and most exciting shops in the Boston area.  Visit Coolidge Corner online at the Coolidge Corner Merchants Association and the Coolidge Corner Hub.


We welcome you to join our village of volunteers! As a nonprofit store, volunteers are crucial to our success, helping us to keep our overhead costs lower, which allows us to purchase more from artisans. Apply now to join our fun-filled volunteer positions—greeting and interacting with customers, unpacking and checking orders, assisting with displays and operating the cash register. We welcome volunteers any time of the year.

Let us know you’re interested by filling out an application at our store. You can also contact our store for more information.

Meet Our Volunteers

Mary Kuchinsky

Mary Kuchinsky

Mary has been volunteering here at Ten Thousand Villages since 2009 and is a valued member of the team. She is an artist and craftsperson, a collector of ethnic and American crafts, and takes pride in the fact that by volunteering she is helping artisans in the developing world who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed. 

“It’s great to have a smart, talented, and dynamic person like Mary working with us in our Brookline store,” says store manager Glenn Whidden. “She knows that by volunteering she helps us keep our overhead costs lower, which allows us to purchase more from the artisans we work with. We all love working with her and wonder how we got along before she started.”

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Give a Gem Drive - February 7, 2015 - March 8, 2015

Have a heart during the Valentine's Day season all the way through International Women's Day! Donate lightly worn jewelry to Dress for Success Boston, an organization empowering local women with the corporate attire needed to enter the job market with dignity, confidence and pride.

The one month drive starts on Saturday, February 7, 2014 and will go through Sunday, March 8, 2014. Donations will be accepted during store hours at all three Boston area Ten Thousand Villages locations: Downtown Boston, Ten Thousand Villages - Cambridge, and Ten Thousand Villages Brookline.

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A Sale to Celebrate Women - February 27, 2015 - March 8, 2015

25% OFF

international women's day

Every day, everywhere women go to work, care for their families, build communities and create joy for others. Celebrate the women you treasure and honor the skills of women around the world with these handcrafted gifts.

international women's day

Treat your morning coffee mates. These cinnamon and clove-scented SPICED TRIVETS are crafted by artisans of the UPAVIM cooperative. Sales of their products, made from traditional Guatemalan textiles, provide personal income and fund child care, preschool programs and a community health clinic.

international women's day

Ready for a fancy Friday out or a comfy Saturday in (just like she is!), the DENIM BLUESY SCARF is hand-woven by the Nepali artisans of Manushi, a name that translates to “energetic woman.” The group works to empower rural women with skills that create income opportunities and self-confidence.

international women's day

Spoil her (we won’t tell) with luxurious LIP BUTTER made from pure shea and essential oils. Harvested from trees in northern Ghana, shea nuts are processed by hand into rich moisturizing butter by women living in Ghana’s poorest region, providing them vital income to feed, clothe and educate their families.

Artisans have been paid in full. Offer valid on select merchandise at participating stores through 3/8/15 and online until 11:59 p.m. ET on 3/8/15. Check local store for participation. Not valid with other offers or discounts.

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Store Hours

Mon-Sat: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM