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The Dedham Exchange
445 Washington Street
Dedham, MA 02026
781-326-0627

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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

                                                                            Board Members 

Elsie Aubrey            

Koko Bickford     

Dale Cabot

Kate Mooney-Cahill 

Carole Chapin 

Patty Cochran 

Nancy Corkery  

Mary Beth Crook

Carol Deblois                  

Robyn Garth    

Leslie Griesmer   

Sue Hicks  

Cindy Kopf    

Weezie Lawrence

Annie LeBreton

Jane Lukoff   

Jennifer  Mitchell       

Diana Nicholson    

Ginna Parker    

Holly Perry

Jeanne Praught

Edith Stevens    

Ginny Sullivan 

Carlota Taylor

Cynthia Wilcox 

Annie Wood                          

 

Associate members:

Lois Crocker            

Betsy Reynolds                         

Mary Anne Osborne

Rosita Watson          

Nina Weber              

Staff:

Denise Miranda, Manager

Patricia Vaughn, Sales Associate        

Incorporators:

Elsie Aubrey

Dale Cabot                             

Robyn Garth                

Ingrid McDonough  

Ginna Parker                       

Volunteers:       

Sheila Duggan      

Olivia Hurlock   

Jennifer Jordan  

Janet Knight

Ingrid McDonough  

Kathy Ordonez   

Mary Anne Osborne

Mary Jane Parnell 

Nancy Randall  

Barbara Reynolds 

Barbara Ryerson     

Liz Von Kessler