Hippity Hoppity...

Spring has sprung at The Exchange! This is the perfect time to freshen up your decor for spring. We are awash with bright green and lots of white, which is just what we all need after our long spell of gray winter weather.

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We have bunnies everywhere! Whimsical bunnies doing yoga…elegant bunnies for your dining room table…big bunnies…small bunnies…even a bunny to wear on your head!




And of course there are the bunnies on the smocked toddler clothing you’ll want your little ones to wear on those Easter Egg hunts!



Enjoy the Show!

We recently celebrated quite the milestone at The Exchange…Our 60th Birthday! And for the occasion, we had a video made which celebrates our mission, honors our volunteers and showcases our beautiful store!

If you have never shopped with us before, we would be delighted to assist you in finding the perfect decorative accessory for your home, a gift for someone special, the perfect outfit for that special baby or toddler, the wedding invitation that sets the tone for that most special of days…and of course we’ll wrap it beautifully. Our gift wrapping is extraordinary since, well we’ve been practicing for 60 years!

So stop by at #5 Highland Park Village, where we’ve been since 1958. Or browse in our online shop, which we added last year! There you’ll find a carefully selected assortment of items from throughout the store.

We hope you’ll agree that 60 looks great on us!

Take A Little Tour

Has it been a while since you strolled through St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange? Or have you never walked into the store before? Take a moment to go on a virtual tour of our small shop with the big mission; and let us remind you why so many customers call us “the best gift shop in Dallas”!

Behind our elegant displays and cases full of gifts and necessities is a store with a mission. For 60 years now we have been here at #5 Highland Park Village, assisting our customers in finding the perfect gift or accessory, wrapping it beautifully and then doing what no one else does…giving our proceeds away!

Decorative accessories, jewelry, scarves, table top items, baby and layette, toddler clothes and gifts, stationery, coffee table books, cookbooks, specialty food gifts, inspirational items. Seriously. Its all here. And we’ll wrap it.

So if you haven’t been here in a while, we invite you back. If you haven’t visited us before, we would be delighted to welcome you!

Book Signing with Renowned Interior Designer

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We are thrilled to welcome Brian J. McCarthy to St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange on Thursday, January 31. He’ll join us from 2:00 - 3:30 to sign copies of his books, Parish-Hadley Tree of Life and Luminous Interiors.


Brian J. McCarthy creates dynamic personalities within each home he designs. Known for his attention to detail and love of texture, he brings a refreshing, unique perspective to each of his projects, living and working by the motto that no two homes are ever alike.

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The legendary interior design firm Parish-Hadley Associates set the standard for American style in the finest homes for more than three decades, from the 1960’s through the 1990’s. The partnership between Parish and Hadley had a great impact on the style, creative process and practices of the designers who worked for them. In Parish-Hadley Tree of Life: An Intimate History of The Legendary Design Firm, 30 of the most well-known designers and architects relate their personal experiences working at the firm and offer images they’ve chosen of their own work. The author, Brian McCarthy, began his Parish-Hadley career in 1983 and luckily is included in this beautiful collection.

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In Luminous Interiors, Brian J. McCarthy explores nine of his favorite projects around the country, from the Hamptons to Southern California. Gorgeous, inspiring photographs, alongside McCarthy's personal, informative text, take us through his creative process. Meticulously layering interior architecture, finishes, furniture, art, and decorating objects, McCarthy creates rooms that seem to have lived lives of their own.

McCarthy graduated from New York City's Pratt Institute and has worked on projects around the world. In 2005, he designed the private quarters and refurbished the State Rooms in Winfield House, the official residence of the Ambassador to the Court of St. James. Additionally, he has designed an array of stunning private residences. McCarthy is a member of Elle Decor's A-List, and his work has been featured in many publications, including House Beautiful, Elle Decor, New York Magazine (100 Best), the New York Times, and Veranda, as well as in several books.


So join us on January 31 to meet this warm, engaging and talented designer!





Gift Guide - Some of our Favorite Things

It’s one of Oprah’s Favorite Things…and we see why! Never struggle to find your keys in the bottom of your bag again! We’ve seen the light…and you will too. A perfect gift for the organizer on your list, PurseN bag insert fits right into her purse.

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For the adventurer, or the adventurer at heart! It's never too soon or too late to start on that bucket list.

Classic and “old school” this beautiful pocket sized calendar/date book in tangerine leather is the perfect stocking stuffer.

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The athlete on your list will love these no-slip, polarized sunglasses!

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Stationery and Gift Trunk Show

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Join us on Saturday, December 15 when we welcome Ben Paladino to The Exchange. This trunk show, featuring stationery items and candles which show Ben’s whimsical artwork, will let you find the perfect gift or stocking stuffer for the stationery lover!

Fly Away Style showcases Ben’s light and airy water colors — and there is something for everyone!


Fly Away Style Trunk Show

Saturday, December 15

1:00 - 3:00

Michael Aram Personal Appearance

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Michael Aram, the award-winning American artist and designer of jewelry, tableware, candles and sculpture is coming to St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange on November 14 from 12:30-4:30. The Exchange has carried his pieces for many years and is one of the primary sources in Dallas for his well known work.





Michael Aram trained as a painter, sculptor and art historian who finds inspiration in nature. Although best known for his work in metal and wood, Michael Aram works with many materials and focuses on objects made by hand. Inspired by a trip to India as a very young man, he established a workshop there, where his pieces are still made.


Aram’s pieces are equally at home in a traditional setting and in a contemporary room, which make them very popular gifts.


On this visit, Aram will bring a collection of his jewelry, which is new for The Exchange. Don’t miss an exciting opportunity to meet this important American artist - in time for holiday gift giving!

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Are You Ready For Some Football?

Are you ready for some football? We are! Whether or not you bleed burnt orange or drive a Sooner Schooner we have last minute game day essentials for the big day! From tasseled key rings to totes and blankets, we’ve got you covered!

Maybe you feel the need to pray for your favorite team. Regardless of the outcome, win or lose, cheers to all!

Julia Reed signs her latest book at The Exchange

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Author and humorist Julia Reed returns to St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange to sign copies of her latest book, South Toward Home: Adventures and Misadventures in My Native Land. In considering the pleasures and absurdities of her native culture, Julia Reed quotes another Southern writer, Willie Morris, who said, “It’s the juxtapositions that get you down here.” These juxtapositions are, for Julia, the soul of the South, and in her warmhearted and funny new book, South Toward Home, she chronicles her adventures through the highs and the lows of Southern life—taking us everywhere from dive bars and the Delta Hot Tamale Festival to an impromptu shindig on a Mississippi River sandbar.

Julia Reed is a contributing editor at Elle Décor and at Garden & Gun magazine, where she writes a regular column, “The High & Low.” She also contributes to The Wall Street Journal, where she writes a food column, and is a frequent guest on MSNBC. She grew up in the Mississippi Delta and currently lives in New Orleans.

Food, Politics and the South. More than enough material for the observant and funny Julia Reed. Join us on Friday, October 12 from 2:00-3:30 and meet this southern treasure.

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Celebrate 60!

On September 15, 1958 we opened these doors for the first time! And for the last 60 years we’ve helped you select the perfect gift for a treasured friend or an accessory for your home; we wrapped your gifts…and were delighted to see you each time you walked through the door.

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Each time you made a purchase in St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange you made a difference to the hundreds of worthy agencies we have funded through the decades. And this year, our 60th, cumulative distributions topped $9 million!


On Saturday, September 15 we hope you’ll come in to help us




Celebrate 60!



Receive a free gift wrap with an in-store purchase and have some birthday cake!


There is much work still to be done…so shop with us in our beautiful store or shop with us online.

Stop by on Saturday to tell us Happy Birthday!…and let us say

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Thank You, Dallas!





Montes Doggett Fine Handmade Ceramics

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Beauty.  Function.  Originality.  All describe the Montes Doggett line.  We have so many new pieces in this collection of fine handmade ceramics!  The creamy white color is at home in a contemporary setting as well as in a more traditional home.  Mix these pieces with wooden serving pieces or with other ceramic lines for a rich and interesting look.

This collection has its roots in Mexico, where the designer was raised; and her personality and love of entertaining are apparent in each handcrafted piece of this collection of tabletop ceramics and pottery.

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Fans of the Montes Doggett line love to get creative with ways to use each piece.  For example, would you use this one for burger condiments?  nuts and olives? salsa, guacamole and pico?  The possibilities are endless…

 

 

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This stand might host a cake…or cheeses and fruit…

 

Speaking of cheese, you probably assumed that this grand crown was designed to be a cheese platter…and it certainly could be…but the designer tells us that she designed it to hide her husband's array of vitamin bottles which cluttered up the kitchen counter!  It is definitely the most beautiful “vitamin hider” we’ve ever seen!  

                  A Crown Jewel of a Vitamin Concealer!

                  A Crown Jewel of a Vitamin Concealer!

All Montes Doggett pieces are oven, microwave and dishwasher safe!  Stop by to pick out your favorite…or add to your collection.

Gifts with a Texas Twist

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Sometimes you just want to give a gift from way down Deep in your Big Texan Heart, don’t you?  

 

You have that friend or neighbor who might be new to town… or even to Texas.  

Maybe you know a homesick Texan who could always use a little Lone Star Love. 

Perhaps a housewarming gift is the way to offer a heartfelt gift with some Texas flavor.

So many books with a Texas theme...

So many books with a Texas theme...

 

 

Maybe its time to indoctrinate those little ones in your life…

 

 

If you need some help and inspiration, Bless Your Heart, we have some TEXCELLENT ideas for you. And contrary to popular belief, not EVERYTHING is bigger in Texas.  Some of these items are quite small and perfect for mailing!

And finish with the perfect card, of course!

Some of our Texas themed items are even available in our online shop!  Click https://www.smwexchange.com/shop/  to check them out.

 

 

And of course, finish with the perfect card!

Shop Online at The Exchange!

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You Asked…We Delivered!  These days more and more of us rely on online shopping so we can make selections at our own convenience.  Even a specialty gift boutique like ours should offer customers this important service…and now we are!

 

We carefully selected some very popular items from all across our store to offer in our online shop.  Need a baby present?  No problem.  Housewarming gift?  Easy.  How about a wedding or shower gift?  We’ve got you covered.  A Birthday gift for a special friend?  Several options for you.  And of course we know how much our customers depend on our beautiful gift wrapping service; so if you would like to have us wrap your purchase you may order that too!

We invite you to browse our online shop beginning today!

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Of course if you are interested in something you don’t see in our online shop we’ll be delighted to help you in the store or over the phone.

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2018 marks our 60th year of passing on our proceeds to serve those in need; and we are thrilled that this year we surpassed the $9 million mark in cumulative grant distributions.  There is still much work to be done though.  So log on and Shop Once and Give Twice…any time. anywhere.

Shopping. For Good.

May is an exciting month for us!  Each May we distribute our profits to a new group of agencies which do life altering work for those they serve.  A committee which reviews grant requests has been diligently working for the last few months; and now the decisions have been made, the checks written and delivered!

 

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This year, we are funding 67 agencies whose work will feed the hungry, offer shelter to the homeless, provide aid to the sick and elderly, offer comfort and assistance to the battered among us and support education for those on the margins.  Some are local and others do their work far from here.  Some are large, with familiar names, and some are small, doing their work quietly and largely unknown to most of us.  For all 67, we are honored to support their work.  

 

For most of us there is likely an issue or agency that is of particular concern—a problem that weighs on our heart more than most.  If that is the case for you, the chances are good that the group whose work means the most to you is on the list of agencies we support.  


2018 Beneficiaries

2ndSaturday CDC     Aberg Center for Literacy     Achieve    Association for Independent Living

AIDS Interfaith Network     AIDS Services of Dallas     Alley's House     Attitudes & Attire

Austin Street Center     AVANCE     Brighter Tomorrows     Brother Bill's Helping Hand

Bryan's House     CitySquare     Cornerstone Crossroads Academy     Creativity for Peace

Crossroads Community Services     Dallas CASA     Dallas Christian Women's Job Corps

Dallas Furniture Bank     Dwell With Dignity     East Dallas Community Organization

Exodus Ministries     Family Compass     Gateway of Grace     Genesis Women's Shelter

Girls Inc.     Heart House     Honduras Threads     Hope Supply Co.     Housing Crisis Center

Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, Inc.     Interfaith Family Services     Irving Cares

Jonathan's Place     Jubilee Park & Community Center     La Bajada Urban Youth Farm

Legacy Counseling Center     LIFT     Literacy Achieves     Mosaic Family Services

Network of Community Ministries     New Friends New Life     North Dallas Shared Ministries

North Texas Food Bank     One Man's Treasure     Our Friends Place     OurCalling

Promise House     Rainbow Days     Restored Hope Ministries     Services of Hope

Shared Housing Center     SMAA Austin Street Cooks     SMAA Tela, Honduras Mission Trip

St. Philip's School & Community Center     The Family Place     The Senior Source

The Well Community     Turtle Creek Manor     Under 1 Roof     Visiting Nurses Association

Wesley-Rankin Community Center     White Rock Center of Hope     Wilkinson Center

Youth Believing in Change      Youth with Faces


Our regular shoppers know that since 1958, St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange has distributed our proceeds to benefit those in need.  This year, as we celebrate our 60th Birthday, cumulative distributions topped the $9 million mark!  We are thrilled to reach this milestone of course, but there is still much to be done to relieve the suffering in our community and the world beyond.  So do stop by and make a purchase!  When you shop at St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange, you really can shop once…and give twice!

 

 

 

 

                               

A Birthday Party!

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Everyone is invited to help The Exchange celebrate our 60th birthday on Saturday, April 21!  We’ll be celebrating all day long with birthday cake and offering a free gift wrap to customers who purchase something in the store during our party!  After all, any party needs presents…but you’ll be walking out with one in honor of our big day.

 

To add to the festivities, we’ll be offering for pre-sale copies of Be Our Guest, a children’s picture book by Dallas native Gray Malin. The fine art photographer and NY Times bestselling author’s first children’s book is compiled from his acclaimed series of photographs, Gray Malin at The Parker Palm Springs.  What child wouldn’t want to live in an animal-only hotel in Palm Springs?! So kids and “kids at heart” will both want this one!

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We were feeling nostalgic around this special birthday and worked with South Austin Gallery to make replicas of the tiles which surrounded the fireplace in our first store!  That was sure a long time ago, but these current coasters would be a great gift for any lover of blue and white!

Speaking of gifts, many of you know that each year worthy agencies in Dallas and beyond receive a gift from us.  We give away our profits each and every year in the form of grants to non-profits who do life-changing work for the most vulnerable among us.  We’ve done this every year since 1958, when we opened our doors for the first time.  And this year, we reach a remarkable milestone!  In May, when this year’s recipients receive their grants, over $9 million will have been distributed in Dallas, the nation and into the world beyond.  We are thrilled to reach this mark but know that there is so much more to be done.  So stop by our party, wish us a Happy Birthday, eat some cake and purchase something lovely for you or a friend.  In our store, you are always “shopping for good”!

 

We hope you agree that 60 Looks Great On Us!

 

Hippity Hoppity on Over!

Here comes Peter Cottontail…  And we are ready…are you?  

Our Children’s Department is full of spring clothing for the little ones in your life, and the perfect Easter outfit is right here.

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Our clothes range from baby and layette sizes and go up through 6x.  Do you long to dress your toddlers alike while you can?  We’ve got you covered with smocking, bunnies, lambs, cottons, linens…yes we have it all!

And while you’re here we can help you fill those Easter baskets!  Bunnies of every shape and size fill our toy shelves along with children’s books they’ll love for years.  And so much Beatrix Potter!  The books featuring her beloved characters Peter, Jemima Puddleduck and the rest along with the corresponding stuffed toys…and even a tea set!

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What about your Easter table?  Are you ready?  Our bunnies, flowers, hand-painted Austrian eggs, Easter themed paper products and speckled eggs will all help you set the perfect tone at your table.

And if your purchase is a gift for treasured friends or family, let us wrap it in an Easter wrap they’ll never forget!  …Hippity Hoppity Easter is on its way!

Welcome James Farmer to The Exchange!

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Plan to join us on Wednesday, March 28 between 2:00 and 4:00 when James Farmer will be signing books in The Exchange!

James Farmer is the author of the Wall Street Journal best-selling garden book, A Time To Plant; Sip & Savor; Porch Living; Wreaths For All Seasons; A Time To Cook, Dinner on the Grounds, A Time to Celebrate and A Place to Call Home.

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Born and bred in the South, James is a professional garden, floral and interior designer; cook; author and lifestyle expert.  Additionally, James is editor-at-large for Southern Living and a frequent guest on television and radio. His natural Southern grace and warm personality light up any room! Whether he’s teaching how to plan the perfect summer picnic, using everyday items to create exquisite tabletops, creating stunning flower arrangements and wreaths, or making his grandmother’s skillet peach pie, Farmer masterfully guides his audience through the art of elegant garden living.

 

James’ newest book, A Place to Call Home, showcases homes he has “had the honor of working in”. He shares with us how he brings together new and old furnishings — creating scenes for Christmas mornings, family dinners and Sunday nights watching TV. The title was born of his appreciation for the opportunity to create spaces that dear friends, adored clients and even family all call home. 

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His designs combine the rich traditions of the past with the sensibilities of contemporary life.  Effortless elegance, comfort and harmony are the hallmarks of James Farmer designs.  Join us on March 28 to meet this charming Southern talent!

Spring Has Sprung!

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Get rid of the winter doldrums and lighten and brighten your home! The mercury is beginning to creep upward; you’re planning a spring break trip and well, you’re just ready for some springtime! A few well-placed accessories in your home can brighten any mood and refresh any room. 

The Exchange is filled to the brim with flowers, lambs and bunnies of all shapes and sizes. Perhaps you’re drawn to some springtime symmetry? A pair of white ceramic bunnies to grace your mantel or table would be a great addition to your home.

We love our bunnies which are made from recycled magazines! They come in three sizes and are going fast And remember the Jeff Coons’ Balloon Dog replicas? Now we have bunnies in two sizes for a contemporary look.

Brighten your home, or someone else’s, with silk flowers which always look perfect with your blue and white accessories.

Spring accessories for your little ones to wear and some for you too, are also arriving every day…but more about that next time!

Love is in the Air

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We are ready for Valentine’s Day at The Exchange!  Looking for the perfect gift to let someone know you’d like to be their Valentine?  No worries—we can help.  

Perhaps a hand-blown glass and German nickel heart by Jan Barboglio, which can be on display all year long to remind your sweetheart how much you care.  Maybe a heart-shaped gold dish to hold coins or earrings is the perfect Valentine this year.

A set of Rose Gold All-Weather Bangles from BuDhaGirl is sure to please!

How about some specialty chocolates as a Valentine treat?  Heart-shaped chocolates by Dallas chocolatier, CocoAndre or Louis Sherry New York Chocolates in their iconic pink tin would be perfect!

Linen cocktail napkins to go along with that special bottle of champagne you plan to share with your sweetheart would be a nice touch don’t you think?

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And don’t forget the littlest Valentines!  They will be delighted with one of our Valentine children’s books or stuffed animals.

 

We have Valentine gifts and heart shaped goodies everywhere you look!  We would LOVE for you to stop in to see our selection and select a heart-felt gift for someone special.  And of course you know we’ll wrap it.

 

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Sixty Never Looked So Good!

Guess what happened in 1958?  25 cents bought a gallon of gas…A loaf of bread at Tom Thumb cost 19 cents…Elvis Presley joined the Army…Frank Sinatra crooned on the radio…South Pacific played at The Village Theater…Dwight Eisenhower was our President…the Hula Hoop was introduced…And St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange opened its doors at #5 Highland Park Village!

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Yes, that’s right!  Dallas’ favorite gift shop turns 60 this year!  Over the last six decades, generations of volunteers have helped Dallas shoppers select decorative items for their homes, choose special baby gifts, order the perfect wedding invitations, purchase beautiful smocked toddler clothes and find wonderful gifts for friends and family.  And many of those purchases have been artfully wrapped when the customer walks out the door!

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The plan from the start was to give away our profits each year.  Charitable Organizations in the Dallas community and beyond would be the beneficiaries of our labors.  And there hasn’t been a single year when the store didn’t make money and distribute grants!  That first year $8000 was given away; and now, in our 60th year, just over $9 million has been given to agencies which serve our most vulnerable citizens.  These organizations whose names are so familiar to Dallasites serve the homeless, the hungry, at-risk children, battered women, immigrants, the disabled, seniors, the sick and those in recovery.  To view a current list of our beneficiaries click here.

Our shoppers love our mission of course, but really come in for the unique and elegant mix of merchandise.  So come to Highland Park Village, stop in our beautiful store to say “Happy Birthday”, purchase something lovely and admit that …Sixty Never Looked So Good!