ABOUT THE DEDHAM WOMEN'S EXCHANGE
The mission of the Dedham Exchange, a non-profit gift shop, is to support artisans and to donate to educational and philanthropic organizations in the community.
The Dedham Exchange was founded in 1914 to provide a market for hand-crafted goods. Seventy cents of every dollar you spend on a handmade item goes directly to the artist.
THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF WOMEN'S EXCHANGES
We are proud to be a member of the National Federation of Women's Exchanges.
The Federation is an organization of Woman’s Exchanges in 19 cities who help women achieve economic stability through consignment and sale of fine-quality, hand-crafted items. The founding of the first Women's Exchange in Philadelphia in 1882 marked the beginning of what is the oldest continuously operating women's movement in the country.
The Dedham Women's Exchange features handcrafted items from many artisans from our surrounding community. We also have a curated selection of fine gifts, housewares and decorative items sourced from top vendors.
A LITTLE HISTORY
The Contentment Tea Room and Women's Exchange opened January 31, 1914 in two rooms of a private home at 82 Court Street in Dedham, Massachusetts.
Founded by a dedicated volunteer group of women, the Exchange was originally comprised of a tea room, a food shop, and a handiwork shop. It offered a venue for women to make and sell baked goods, household items, children's clothing, and gifts. In 1948, The Dedham Women's Exchange moved to our current location at 445 Washington Street in a small barn that grace Baker sold to the Exchange in 1953.
Today, the Dedham Women's Exchange represents 250 artisans from this country and around the globe. We also carry a wide variety of commercial gifts for every occasion. The Exchange is owned and operated by a devoted volunteer corps of thirty women who are assisted by talented staff. We remain true to our original mission of supporting artisans by providing an outlet for handcraft goods, as well as by giving back to the community making annual donations to educational and philanthropic organizations.
The incorporators gathered at the Annual Meeting on April 11, 2016. Standing: Robyn Garth, Ingrid McDonough, Ginna Parker. Seated: Madeline Gregory & Dale Cabot
We also support many local organizations and the public schools through annual donations!
THE MISSION OF THE DEDHAM EXCHANGE, A NON PROFIT GIFT SHOP, COMMITTED TO SUSTAINABLITY, IS TO SUPPORT ARTISTANS AND DONATE TO EDUCATIONAL AND PHILANTHROPIC ORGANIZATIONS IN THE COMMUNITY.
Board of Managers 2018-2019
President: Jennifer Mitchell
Vice President: Carole Chapin
Treasurer: Diana Nicholson
Assistant Treasurer: Cindy Kopf
Secretary: Koko Bickford
Mary Beth Crook
Mary Anne Osborne
Denise Miranda, Manager
Patricia Vaughn, Sales Associate
Mary Anne Osborne
Mary Jane Parnell
Liz Von Kessler