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Woman's Exchange

This All-Volunteer Group Has Supported West Chester Community For Nearly 80 Years

Article by Julie Brown Patton

Photography by Courtesy of Woman's Exchange of West Chester

Originally published in West Chester Lifestyle

Dedicated volunteers happily greet customers at The Woman's Exchange of West Chester, a charitable consignment store with the bulk of proceeds benefiting area nonprofits. Throughout its lifetime since 1943, the Woman's Exchange has been operated at the same location: 10 S. Church St. Originally established after the Second World War, its supporters were linked to service men at Valley Forge. The group eventually joined forces with the Woman's Exchange Federation, a national organization with member shops throughout the United Sates. Consignment purchase options then were set up, which now include art, jewelry, china, crafts, home décor, glassware and small furniture -- antique, vintage and modern. Each sale donates a percentage of the transaction toward a charity. During 2021, these volunteers were able to make a record-setting tally of $35,000 for charitable donations.

Among community groups assisted from store proceeds are:  Community Volunteers in Medicine; Denny Reyburn Resident Council; Fame Fire Company; First West Chester Fire Company; Friends Association; Good Fellowship Ambulance Company; Goodwill Fire Company; Maternal & Child Health Consortium; Melton Center; Safe Harbor; West Chester Food Cupboard; and West Chester Public Library. Consignment drop-off times are Saturday, Monday and Tuesday mornings from 9-10:30 a.m., however prior phone calls are appreciated. The group also accepts financial donations via PayPal. Operating Hours:  Tuesdays through Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.