LITTLE SILVER: A Little Silver shop focused on handmade and artisan crafts begun in the Great Depression is still going strong. The Women’s Exchange, 32 Church Street, will mark its 80th anniversary this week with an open house.
Comprised of volunteers, the Women’s Exchange is a non-profit group that has featured more than 250 talented artisans from around the country, with products as varied as handmade jewelry, crocheted baby dresses, quilts, purses and more. Most products are exclusive to the shop, and many are one of a kind.
The sale of unique items has been a hallmark of the shop, which opened amid the economic struggle of the Great Depression. On Friday June 6, the Women’s Exchange is celebrating that 80 years of history. The open house is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature special sales, giveaways, refreshments, and highlights of new artists’ products.
You can meet some of those artisans Friday: a cotton quilted handbag designer will be offering free monogramming with any handbag purchase; sample some Holly Jolly Jams, a line known for homemade low sugar fresh jams and jellies; free gifts from Captain Sea Secret’s organic lotions & scrubs from the Jersey Shore. Those who print out an invitation from the Woman’s Exchange website and bring it to the Open House may receive a free gift and can enter drawings.
The shop is staffed by more than 70 volunteers, with profits donated to local charities. The shop is open Mon-Fri 10-5 p.m. and Sat. 10-1 p.m. For more information, call 732-741-1164.