The Woman's Exchange of St. Louis provides a venue for the sale of heirloom-quality clothing and beautiful decorative items handmade by our consignors, the industrious, deserving women that benefit from our mission of helping others help themselves.

 

When The Woman’s Exchange was founded in 1883, there were few options for women desperate to support themselves and their families. For these women, selling handmade goods at the Exchange was a welcome alternative to the horrible working conditions in factories and other less desirable fields. Working as a consignor for the Exchange was an opportunity to work from home, while caring for one’s family.

Society has changed greatly since 1883, and women are now welcomed in every employment field. Still, there remains an intense desire and need for many women to earn income from home. The Exchange continues to provide this opportunity by housing, displaying, and selling their beautiful handiwork, paying back at least 70% of the selling price to the consignor.

As our consignors struggle with difficult family situations, such as a special needs child, a handicapped spouse, severely limited income, or an unexpected financial burden, the proceeds from their skilled handiwork bring financial independence, peace of mind, and self esteem.

Consignors

Our current consignors include:

The Woman's Exchange is always seeking consignors to create handmade items for our shop.

Inquires are welcome at 314-997-4411 ext. 10 

  • A mother of four boys and a full time teacher whose passion for baking lead her to the Exchange. With the opportunity to sell her handmade baked goods, she is able to afford a quality education for her children’s future.

 

  • A foster parent who ventured into knitting and crocheting for the children she and her husband welcomed into their home. After her husband’s death from cancer a few years ago, she turned her focus to making handmade children’s sweaters and hats. Sewing for the Exchange has given her the flexibility of working from home and adjusting to life on her own while being able to supplement her income from the sale of her items.

 

  • A woman whose life changed drastically when she moved in with her parents to be their primary caregiver. Keeping up with their medical appointments made it difficult to work outside of the home. She became a consignor at the Exchange so she could earn an income while being able to provide her parents with the care they need. The sale of her baby gifts at the Exchange allows her to care for her parents full time.

 

  • A woman with a passion for jewelry designing who is also a full time caregiver to her husband. The sale of her handmade jewelry at the Exchange allows her to stay at home with her husband whose health has declined over the last several years.