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Our Values

You can make a difference. Where you choose to spend your money is important, and we deeply appreciate when you choose to support Fancy Tiger Crafts. We want you to know where your money is going and who it is going to support. Here are our values, missions, and goals.

Vision Statement: To inspire people to reach their crafting potential through modern and sustainable supplies and quality instruction. We believe that making things by hand makes people feel better and that if more people made things, the world would be a better place.

Our aim is to be a leader in the world of independent craft retailers, to kindly and enthusiastically encourage crafters of all levels and backgrounds, to support local and quality craft-supply makers, to provide a wealth of knowledge to customers, and to provide a sustainable, rewarding, and fun work environment. We make a conscious effort to support and work with companies that make social accountability and environmental sustainability a top priority in their production chains. We aim to support the local and regional economy whenever possible.

Environmental Policies

  • member of Certifiably Green Denver
  • use, in our shipping department, 
    • plant derived/compostable tapes and adhesives; 
    • low-impact, water-based inks;
    • and recycled, recyclable, and compostable packaging made in the USA, including boxes made locally in Louisville, CO
  • use, in our pattern/product packaging, recycled paper and water-based, plant-derived inks
  • use earth-friendly cleaning supplies, recycled paper products, reusable (vs disposable) cleaning tools in our daily operations
  • use 100% wind-energy power, water-conserving faucets, and low-energy lighting
  • donate usable scraps to local, non-profit organizations
  • recycle cardboard, glass, plastic, aluminum, batteries, light bulbs and electronics
  • reuse or recycle packaging from received goods whenever possible
  • practice bagless retail (since 2013)
  • stock products with an emphasis on sustainability, eco- and/or socially conscious missions
  • 2019 member of 1% For The Planet, donated 1% of gross sales to non-profits benefitting the earth

      Social Policies

      • welcome all regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability, size, or age
      • prioritize working with and supporting locally owned, women-owned and BIPOC-owned businesses
      • feature a diverse and inclusive representation of crafting and crafters
      • host a free, community craft night once a week
      • create jobs in Denver that pay employees at or above living wage and include benefits
      • offer paid volunteer hours to employees to the organization of their choosing
      • subsidize public transportation for employees
      • work with local organizations and businesses to teach, demonstrate, and educate about crafts; past organizations include: Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver Art Museum, Denver Public Library, Denver Botanic Gardens, Arvada Center for the Arts, Clyfford Still Museum, Horseshoe Market, and Denver Milk Market
      • donate 10% of sales from certain Fridays to non-profits (over $10,000 in less than 2 years) for Feel Good Fridays; past organizations include: Raices Texas, ACLU, National Parks Foundation, Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, Malala Fund, Dig Deep, Women’s Homeless Initiative, and Standing Rock