The first Women's Exchange started in 1832 to provide impoverished women with an outlet to earn money for their handwork. The concept was to help women help themselves. This concept caught on and Exchanges began to pop up across the country, many of which are still in business today.
The Fairfield Women's Exchange is part of that tradition. It is a not-for-profit organization managed and staffed by volunteers that provides a showcase for exquisitely handcrafted products, as well as other exclusive items. It is a place for creative individuals to sell their art - everything from handcrafted jewelry to baby sweaters to oil paintings - and a marketplace for antiques, unique gifts and specialty food items.
Our mission is two-fold: by providing a showcase for various forms of art, we are helping the creators help themselves. Second, by donating our proceeds to charities that promote the mental and physical well-being of women and children, we are providing assistance to those striving to remake their lives.
We are a 501(c)(3) organization whose donations go to support local, smaller organizations where we can make a difference.
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