Denver, CO

2626 E. Third Ave.
Denver, CO 80206
303-316-8773
denverfm@tenthousandvillages.com

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Donate now to support our ongoing effort to create opportunities for artisans in developing countries. Donations help fund our educational outreach programs, store operations, and ever-increasing purchases of fair trade handicrafts. Thank you for your contribution—it truly makes a world of difference.

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Welcome to the Ten Thousand Villages in Denver website!  We are glad you found us.  Please peruse the site to find more information about our history, upcoming events, ways to get involved, directions, and more.  Launch from this site to browse the online catalogue, create or find a gift registry or learn about our various artisans and their products. If you would like store updates, notice of our upcoming events and birthday coupons enter your email into the box on the left – we’d love keep you informed!

Ten Thousand Villages is a nonprofit fair trade store in Denver offering a unique selection of handmade global gifts, home decor, oriental rugs, jewelry and personal accessories that represent the diverse cultures of our artisan partners in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.

Our mission is to create opportunities for artisans to earn income by bringing their products and stories to the North American marketplace through long-term fair trading relationships.  Ten Thousand Villages in Denver is one in a network of stores across the U.S. that shares the common vision of bringing dignity and hope to underemployed and unemployed artisans. With artisan partners in over 30 developing countries, we focus on areas where skilled artisans lack opportunities for stable income.


About Us

Ten Thousand Villages in Denver Colorado, is a fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories, textiles, art and sculpture, serveware, jewelry, and gift items from around the globe.  We feature products from over 130 artisan groups in 38 developing countries as part of network of over 390 retail outlets throughout the United States selling Ten Thousand Villages products

Ten Thousand Villages began in 1946 when a Mennonite woman, Edna Ruth Byler, brought back beautifully embroidered linens from Puerto Rico to sell to her friends- she realized the difficulty the artisans had in finding buyers for their products and she desired to assist these women attain a sustainable market.  As her travels continued, so did her venture and eventually the Mennonite Brotherhood expounded her idea into a world mission effort and in the 1970’s permanent stores opened to sell handicrafts.

Ten Thousand Villages currently bolsters the livelihood of tens of thousands of disadvantaged artisans.   Ten Thousand Villages accomplishes this by establishing a sustainable market for handmade products in North America, and building long term buying relationships in places where skilled artisan partners lack opportunities for stable income. Product sales help pay for food, education, healthcare and housing for artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed.

Ten Thousand Villages in Denver opened in 1981 as a thrift and gift store, selling high quality used items and products handcrafted by artisans in developing countries.  Staffed by volunteers from three local Mennonite Churches, and under the guidance of a board of directors, the store grew and grew changing locations four times.  In 1998 the store moved to Cherry Creek North and officially became Ten Thousand Villages Denver, dropping the thrift section of the store.  Through the many hours of volunteers, staff, and board members, the store has served the Denver area for over 30 years, improving the quality of life for thousands of artisans around the world.  

Our name, Ten Thousand Villages, originates from a quote by Mahatma Gandhi stating, "...India is not to be found in its few cities but in the 700,000 villages...we have hardly ever paused to inquire if these folks get sufficient [funds] to eat and clothe themselves with." We believe that each village in the world represents a unique, distinctive people, offering extraordinary products born of their rich cultures and traditions, and we desire to uphold that belief in all that we do.

We strive to fulfill our vision, that one day all artisans in the developing countries will earn a fair wage, be treated with dignity and respect and be able to live a life of quality.

Thank you for your interest in our store and its vision and mission. We hope you will join us in our quest to improve the lives of our artisan partners.

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Meet Our Staff:

Brooke Ophoff, Interim Manager
Brooke’s love of Ten Thousand Villages began the instant she learned of it and that devotion deepens daily as her knowledge of the organization, the artisans, and fair trade grows. She loves that TTV is a tangible way in the US to consistently empower craftspeople around the world to succeed and provide for their families. Brooke joined the Denver team in the fall of 2012 as the Floor Manager and coordinates the dedicated team of Volunteers, assists in the operating of the business, and spreads the mission of TTV. Email Brooke at denverfm@tenthousandvillages.com

Rebecca Yount, Outreach and Publicity Coordinator
Rebecca began supporting Ten Thousand Villages in 2007 while living in Washington DC. Upon moving to Denver, she began shopping at the Cherry Creek North location. Her love of travel and interest in human rights make working with the fair trade organization a great fit. Rebecca coordinates the stores Benefit Shopping Nights, the Speakers Bureau, fosters new and ongoing community partnerships, and assists store staff and the board of directors with creative marketing and outreach strategies. She loves that in addition to a one stop shop for buying gifts and Equal Exchange coffee Denver Ten Thousand Villages is a great space for information on artisans throughout the developing world. Email Rebecca at DenverOutreach@tenthousandvillages.com

Volunteer

Volunteer at Ten Thousand Villages in Denver, CO

Volunteers constitute an essential part of Ten Thousand Villages – we could not operate without the assistance of our many volunteers!  Their effort, time, and advocacy for Ten Thousand Villages and Fair Trade propels our store to succeed.  Our store is staffed by primarily volunteers, allowing us to keep our overhead prices down, which enables us to purchase more from artisans.  Volunteers act as sales associates within the store: greeting and interacting with customers, elaborating on products, operating the cash register, unpacking shipments, polishing the store, and other general tasks.  Outside of the store volunteers act as advocates for Fair Trade and Ten Thousand Villages and may speak at public engagements, facilitate booths at events, and help with our annual rug event.

If you would like to join our team of volunteers, please fill out our application to begin the orientation process. You may email us for the application or ask for it in the store. After that is filled and returned new volunteers must attend one of our overview meetings describing Fair Trade, Ten Thousand Villages, and the volunteer experience. They are held in the store the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm except during the holiday season of October-December. Each new volunteer must then attend three training sessions where she/he is given the tools needed to confidently talk about our products, artisan partners, Fair Trade, and Ten Thousand Villages as well as training on the volunteer position of Sales Associate.

Time Commitment: We ask our volunteers to commit to at least eight hours each month (two four hour shifts.)  Each volunteer manages his/her own shifts and can schedule them however works best.   These hours can also be fulfilled by our activities outside of the store like community outreach events and off-site sales.  

Meet a few of our dedicated volunteers:


Susan Wagner:
My sister took me to the TTV store in Kansas City.  I was so impressed with the concept and the products; I came home and looked for a store in Denver.  I went to the store and said I wanted to volunteer, and the rest is history.
Susan serves on our Board of Directors and as a weekly volunteer.


Jim Brenneman:
I think the ongoing highlight for me is the feeling that volunteering really does help to make a difference in the lives of people who are disadvantaged.  It is also enjoyable to see how enthused some of the customers are about fair trade and to see how loyal some of them are.


Linda Amell
My career was involved in Product Development and I travelled for business to third world countries. This exposure gave me an interest in helping women change their lives, helping them educate and care for their children & families. I joined a free trade organization in 2006 and when I retired I found Ten Thousand Villages.

Sales & Events

Upcoming Events

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Book Club: I am Malala - August 21, 2014

6:30-8:30

Read with us!
Join our book discussion on “I am Malala,” the girl who braved the Taliban for an education. Find a copy of the book at Tattered Cover or your local library.. During the evening, delight in fair trade coffee and chocolate samples and stimulating conversation. Attendees will also receive a coupon for 10% off your entire purchase! See you there!

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Volunteer Orientation - September 11, 2014

6:30-8:30pm

Are you interested in supporting Ten Thousand Villages with more than your purchases? Consider volunteering with us! Read the "Volunteer" page, just one tab to the left to learn more about volunteering.

The next Volunteer Orientation will be held Tuesday, September 11, from 6:30-8:30 pm in the store.

If you wish to join the Denver Ten Thousand Villages Team, please email Brooke Ophoff, Volunteer Coordinator, at denverfm@tenthousandvillages.com and attend this orientation.

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Art for Artisans - October 3, 2014

5:30-8:30pm

Join us for a remarkable fair trade evening of food, stories and silent auction.

9News Producer, Tawnya Rush, will host the evening, sharing her commitment to fair trade. Members of our board of directors, volunteers and staff will share stories of artisans and their art as well as reasons they support fair trade. Throughout the evening a silent auction will take place; including such items as a family four pack to the Denver Zoo, get-away nights in the mountains, restaurants gift cards and more. The evening will conclude with a live auction with several pieces of art.

The event benefits the Ten Thousand Villages vision that one day all artisans in developing countries will earn a fair wage, be treated with dignity and respect and be able to live a life of quality. Ten Thousand Villages-Denver is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization.

Tickets: $25 per person
Available at
Ten Thousand Villages
2626 East Third Avenue
Denver, CO 80206
or via phone at 303-316-8773

The evening will take place at:
BEACONS Creative Community Space
2630 East Third Avenue
(Two doors down from Ten Thousand Villages.)

For parking, please use this reference guide.

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Hours

Store Hours for Ten Thousand Villages in Denver, CO

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Store Hours

Monday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

We honor our staff and volunteers by remaining closed on the following days:

New Year’s Day
Easter Sunday
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving
Christmas

We will close at 2pm on the following days:

Christmas Eve
New Year’s Eve