A Look Back

Our State of the Austin Village Address  is taking place THIS Sunday, October 2 6-7  pm in the store!  This meeting is an opportunity for staff, volunteers, board members, and customers to come together and discuss the progress the store has made in the past year and look forward to great successes to come.  In honor of this event, here is  a look back at some great memories that we made together from 2010-2011.

First off, lets journey back to our great Holiday celebrations from…

Valentine’s Day 2010, to…

Holidayss 2010.  This is always a wonderful time as the store fills with both customers and beautiful items unique to these  times of the year.  This past season was particularly special as we ventured out into Barton Creek Mall and tried out selling from a mall kiosk, which was certainly an interesting experiment in many ways! Most importantly, it was also a wonderful opportunity for us to get the word out about fair trade to many people who were completely foreign to the concept.


Another wonderful holiday celebrated here at Ten Thousand Villages of Austin was International Women’s Day, celebrated in March 2011.  Above we have the finalists at our International Women’s Day Award Ceremony. The categories for this award included: Humanitarianism, Environmentalism, and Animal Advocacy.

Another important holiday celebrated this past year at our store is one not many may know about, but surely quite a few would love it if they were to learn of its existence: World Chocolate Day…

This holiday, which takes place in September, was celebrated at our store with a competition between our volunteers. They each brought in their favorite fair trade chocolate recipe, and customers voted on their favorites.  Ganache, anyone?!

Although holidays provided for great times in the store, we didn’t limit ourselves to just those designated days of celebrations! Here is a look at some of our Special Events from this past year…

Here we have our lovely ladies of the One Reason Why Planning Committee.  One Reason Why was a fundraiser put on at The Gallery Black Lagood where we auctioned off some of our most impressive pieces.  2011 was our first year to have this fundraiser, and it was a huge success… We raised $5,000! Our 2nd Annual One Reason Why Fundraiser is coming up on October 27th… check out our website for more deets!

Courtesy of Tolly Moseley's Blog, Austin Eavesdropper

Courtesy of Tolly Moseley's Blog, Austin Eavesdropper

What a better way to celebrate World Fair Trade Day than with a Fair Trade Wine and Chocolate Pairing led by a professional sommelier? A HUGE thanks to Artworks Gallery for hosting us AND to Tolly Moseley from Austin Eavesdropper for the wonderful post she wrote putting our event on the map. We had a wonderful turn out and definitely hope to continue the fun next May!

Of course, we couldn’t celebrate World Fair Trade Day in May with just ONE event… we had to have 2! For our Annual Fair Trade Film Festival, we had a “Global Market” complete with music (i.e. the GREAT band picture above, Wino Vino), great vendors, and fun activities.  We also showed documentaries that promote fair trade values, and had a panel of experts to engage festival participants in a dialogue between each movie. It was an incredibly enriching educational event– thanks to all who participated!

And last but not least, we can’t forget about the activities of our wonderful staff and volunteers! A VERY important day from last year was Inventory Day…

For Inventory Day, we shut down the store for a day and COUNTED like there was no tomorrow! Inventory Day 2011 = mission possible!

Although our volunteers and staff clearly know how to work hard, they can definitely play hard too! This was evidenced by our monthly social hours to some great places like Doc’s, Boticelli’s, Sno-Beach Hawaiian Shaved Ice, and Third Coast Coffee to name a few!

So as we can see, 2010-2011 was a FANTASTIC year here at Ten Thousand Villages of Austin, and we hope for an even better year to come!  To hear more about our wonderful year passed, and our great year to come, don’t forget to attend our Annual Meeting Sunday, October 2 6-7 PM in the store.  Hope to see you there!

(Written by Alyssa Haney, Ten Thousand Villages of Austin’s Social Media Intern)