The Woman’s Exchange is one of the longest-running non-profits in Memphis. Our Mission is not about hand-outs. It’s about “helping others to help themselves.”
The Woman’s Exchange began in a time when single women had essentially no options to earn a decent living. To this day, we provide a way for seamstresses, crafters, artisans, and consignors to provide for their families. The Woman’s Exchange movement began in Philadelphia in 1832 as an effort to help women gain financial security by providing an opportunity to sell their handiwork on consignment in a retail environment.
The Woman’s Exchange in Memphis was founded in 1885 and newspaper accounts published in 1885-1900 commend its value to the community. Today, the Exchange continues the tradition of ”helping others to help themselves” by showing and selling the handiwork of hundreds of local consignors and employing highly skilled local seamstresses to make the signature infant and children’s clothing for which the Woman’s Exchange has become famous.
The Woman’s Exchange operates with a 96% volunteer staff of over 250 members. We welcome women of the community to join our organization, which is one of Memphis’ longest continually operating non-profits. Please feel free to call or email for information about our volunteer opportunities.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President – Anne Holzemer
Past President/Advisor – Sandy Hackett
Finance Chair — Nancy Masterson
Treasurer – Mary Holzemer
Assistant Treasurer – Susan Colwell
Recording Secretary – Barbara W. Arnold
Corresponding Secretary – Beverly Mankey
Parliamentarian – Lola Llewellyn
Shop Placement Chair/Volunteer Subs Chair – Yvonne Kiersky
Tearoom Placement Chair – Marilyn Barbee
Publicity Chair – Marcia Anthony
Art Gallery Chair – Alexandra Gardner
Book Signings – Ellen Stucker
Club Events Chair – Anne Piper
Communications Chair/Yearbook – Mary Routt
English Tea Chair – Dr. Jane Hester
Federation Liaison – Laurie Moneypeny
Grounds Chair – Jana Pulley
The Tea Room
With its cozy dining room and sunny, verdant garden room, there’s not a more unique lunch spot in Memphis than the Woman’s Exchange Tea Room. Come enjoy Chef “Rev” Bailey’s famous and award-winning Southern cooking, all served by our friendly volunteer staff.
Unique, handcrafted, beautiful, and interesting await you in our Gift Shop. We feature talented artists specializing in pottery, kitchenware, children’s books and toys, baby gifts, and many other one-of-a-kind treasures.