Denver, CO

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

Store Hours
Mon-Fri: 10am—6pm
Saturday: 10am—5pm
Sunday: 12pm—4pm

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

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Ten Thousand Villages Denver is the Cherry Creek Chamber of the Year!!

About Us

Ten Thousand Villages Denver, is the only 100% non-profit fair trade retailer in the Denver metro area.  We have products come from over 130 artisan groups in 38 developing countries.

History
Founded in 1946, the company has grown from the trunk of founder Edna Ruth Byler's car to a network of more than 390 retail outlets throughout the United States and Canada. Ten Thousand Villages is one of the world's largest fair trade organizations and a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO). The company strives to improve the livelihood of tens of thousands of disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries.

Ten Thousand Villages 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 had continual growth, changing locations four times.  In 1998 the store moved to Cherry Creek North officially becoming Ten Thousand Villages Denver, dropping the thrift section of the store.  33 years later thanks to long term supporters, many hours from volunteers, committed staff and board members, the store continues to improve the quality of life for thousands of artisans around the world.  

Vision
Ten Thousand Villages' vision is 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.

Mission
Ten Thousand Villages' mission is to create opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term fair trading relationships.

Our Name
Ten Thousand Villages, originates from a quote by Mahatma Gandhi, "...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." To us, each village in the world represents a unique, distinctive people…offering extraordinary products born of their rich cultures and traditions.

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

View our 2013 Annual Report

Meet Our Staff:

Hayley Morris, Store Manager
Hayley became the new Ten Thousand Villages Denver Store Manager this past September. She moved from Pittsburgh, PA where she was on staff with Ten Thousand Villages Pittsburgh as their Offsite Sales and Outreach Manager. Her passion has been and continues to be working on behalf of artisans around the world through Fair Trade. She has over 6 years of Fair Trade retail management experience and looks forward to growing with the Denver store over the coming years. Email Hayley at denver@tenthousandvillages.com

Amy Lavan, Assistant Manager
Amy moved from Richmond, VA to Denver, CO and joined the staff as Assistant Manager in June 2015. Her involvement with Ten Thousand Villages began in 2009 in Richmond, VA as a volunteer and then as Sales Associate, Merchandising Manager, and Assistant Manager. She values the commitment to long term relationships with our artisans and the preservation of cultural heritages through innovative product development. She believes that Fair Trade provides solutions to many global challenges that exist today and is excited to see what the future of Fair Trade looks like. Naturally creative and eager to spread the mission of Ten Thousand Villages, Amy organizes the store's volunteer and visual merchandising programs. Email Amy at denveram@tenthousandvillages.com

Rebecca Yount, Marketing and Development Manager
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 international travel and interest in human rights makes working with the fair trade organization a great fit. Rebecca fosters new and ongoing community for-profit and nonprofit partnerships, leads marketing efforts throughout the year and assists the board of directors with creative fundraising strategies. 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 for the application at denverfm@tenthousandvillages.com or ask for it in the store. After the application is returned, potential volunteers must attend an orientation describing Fair Trade, Ten Thousand Villages, and the volunteer experience. Orientations are scheduled periodically, check with the store for the next meeting. 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:


Linda Brill:
I want to show my two sons the importance of doing good for others. The store is a perfect example of how easy it is to work together in helping people near and far. The story and craftsmanship that go into every product is incredible. It is so rewarding working with our customers to find the perfect gifts, especially for themselves.


Ruth Weirich:
Working with individuals and organizations to find stability for those living in daily instability is what I do professionally. That is also what TTV does by supporting artisans. By creating stability we are allowing these artists and craftsman to begin creating a future story for their lives and their families.


Yvonne Russell
As an occupational therapist I've had repeated reminders that a healthy life must include meaningful activity. If I practice what I preach, volunteering at Ten Thousand Villages is allowing me to turn retirement into an encore. Time with volunteers, customers and store staff has been very gratifying and educational on many levels. My grandmother and her daughters were craftswomen who enriched their lives during dust bowl days and depression years by making paper flowers for weddings and funerals. For me, opportunities to travel have expanded my awareness of the realities of life in other places and opened my heart to people with the drive needed to improve the lives of family and community.

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Ignite Sustainability Event - October 20, 2015

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Ten Thousand Villages
2626 East Third Ave
Denver, CO 80206

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Hours

Store Hours
Mon-Fri: 10am—6pm
Saturday: 10am—5pm
Sunday: 12pm—4pm

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