We found another great store–St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange in Dallas, Texas. It’s in Highland Park Village, which is also a great find, at the intersection of Preston and Mockingbird.
In the hour Ruth and I were in the Exchange, it was consistently busy and everybody, including Ruth, was buying. Not a consignment or thrift shop, the Exchange sells enticing new gift items. Each department–stationery, weddings, children, specialty food items, and on and on–has a head and a committee to select what is sold. Totally non-profit, the shop’s proceeds go to as many as 75 service agencies like MADD, Senior Source, Genesis Women’s Shelter, and The American Cancer Society. A Gift Committee decides where the proceeds go.
All but three on the staff are volunteers, more than 120 strong, who take 4-hour shifts. Manager Barbe Cree, who showed us around, is clearly passionate about what the Exchange sells. I mentioned the sensational olive oil we found in St. Louis’ Olive Ovation, and Barbe immediately took down the information. I wouldn’t be surprised to find it for sale at the Exchange the next time we visit.
Since its founding in 1958, the Exchange has collected and distributed an amazing $4,000,000 to the Dallas community and beyond. The women of St. Michael’s and All Angels Episcopal started it, but it’s not a part of the church and not all of the volunteers are from it.
The Exchange also offers reasonably priced and very imaginative gift wrapping. You don’t even have to buy the gifts in the store. I kept circling back to the wrapping counter, and the two women volunteering that day were always busy.
Barbe proudly told me that about $450,000 is amassed and distributed annually. If you spend even a few minutes in the store, you’ll understand why, and you’re sure to find that-perfect-gift. Just ask Ruth.
Google Saint Michael’s Woman’s Exchange to find info on various websites or call 214 521 3862.