Over the next three days–Sunday, May 4 through Tuesday, May 6, the Brooklyn Women’s Exchange, 55 Pierrepont Street, will play host to the annual meeting of the Federation of Woman’s Exchanges, an organization that
…follows in the footsteps of women in the 19th century who began Exchanges to help other women who had fallen on hard times. These women discretely placed their hand-made items and home-cooked food in Exchanges where they were sold. At the height of the Exchange movement, in the early 1900’s, there were more than 200 Exchanges across the US. Today, the Federation consists of 20 Exchanges in 12 states that help women achieve economic stability through consignment and sale of fine-quality, hand-crafted items.
The Brooklyn Women’s Exchange, which is celebrating its 160th anniaversary, “is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run craft shop, supporting independent craftspeople from Brooklyn and beyond.” The Exchange will be open for business during its normal hours–11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, and 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday–during the Federation annual meeting.