From handcrafted toys to one-of-a-kind mementos to hand-knitted sweaters, caps, and blankets, the Woman’s Exchange is a top destination for baby shower gifts. You’ll find books, wooden toys, whimsical stuffed animals and clothing for older kids, too.
For adults, the Exchange offers a unique variety of gifts, including pottery, kitchenware, birdhouses, note cards, edibles, and hand-made jewelry. Please stop in to browse our thoughtfully curated collection.
Hand-Sewn Children’s Clothing
For seventy-five years, the Sewing Room at the Woman’s Exchange has been providing heirloom quality clothing for both girls and boys. Using the finest fabrics and laces from around the world, seamstresses around the Mid-South create exquisite traditional christening gowns, day gowns, girls’ dresses, and charming boys’ wear.
Please call for an appointment with our Sewing Room Consultant about your special order needs. Remember to order early for the Holidays, portraits, graduations and weddings.
In our shop, we sell hundreds of handcrafted items, including children’s clothing, jewelry, home décor, blankets, and kitchen wares. Every item is sold on consignment, which offers distinct benefits for the artisan consignors we work with and the customers who shop in our non-profit store. Below you can see why consignment is so important to what we do within our community.
How Does Consignment Work?
With consignment, artisans are able to showcase their items in a retail environment, but they do not have the stress of fulfilling minimum orders or meeting specific delivery guidelines. Consignors are paid upon the sale of their handcrafted goods, which is a variation from the typical retail model of paying wholesale for a large order of items and marking them up for resale. As a result of this model, women who consign with the Woman’s Exchange benefit from higher profit margins, while consumers enjoy reduced markup on unique gifts, clothing, and artwork
Why Does the Woman’s Exchange Use Consignment?
The Woman’s Exchange was founded in Memphis in 1885, following the movement developed in Philadelphia in 1832. This movement encouraged women to sell their craftworks on consignment to gain their own financial security while utilizing their unique talents. When the Woman’s Exchange was founded in Memphis, it gained the praise of the community by supporting artisans and seamstresses with the consignment model. In order to continue offering women the opportunity to support themselves with the creation of artisanal goods, our shop operates with a volunteer staff of over 250 members. 98% of our staff is comprised of volunteers, though we do employ skilled seamstresses to produce the heirloom infant and children’s clothing for which our shop is well-known.