Rules of the Richmond Woman's Work Exchange [broadside]
Exchanges were popular places for women in hardship to sell goods on consignment without working publicly, a social taboo at the time. Some Exchanges still operate, and while the Richmond Exchange closed in 1955, it launched several female-owned businesses including Sally Bell’s Kitchen, still in business. Its founders—Elizabeth Lee Milton and Sarah Cabell Jones—met through the Richmond Woman’s Exchange.
1. The annual membership fee is $2. This membership will entitle each subscriber to enter the work of three persons for one year....
10. Articles of personal property, which ladies are compelled by necessity to dispose of, are received under the rules applied to all other consignments.
11. Work is not received from ladies whose circumstances do not make it necessary for them to dispose of their handiwork, except when the proceeds are to be devoted to charitable purposes.
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Acknowledgement of the Virginia Historical Society as a source is requested.
Sander, K. W. (1998). The Business of charity: The woman's exchange movement, 1832-1900. Urbana: University of Illinois
Jones, D. G. (2001). A box lunch. Richmond, Va.: D. Jones.
Federation of Woman's Exchanges
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