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!

"Shop Once, Give Twice".

As we all know, Dallas is a very philanthropic city.  There are scores of nonprofits based here, doing important and life-changing work.

Feeding hungry children, offering shelter to the homeless, providing aid to the disabled, the sick and the elderly, offering comfort to the battered among us...and the list goes on.  Chances are that for most of us there is an issue or agency that is of particular concern-- a problem that tugs at our heartstrings and our checkbooks more than the others.  Well if that is the case for you, then the odds are good that you will find the group that does the work which means the most to you on the list of agencies supported by the profits of St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange.

Most of our shoppers know that for nearly 60 years our store has distributed our yearly proceeds to others in need.  You may be unaware however of the specifics!  Take a look at the list below of the agencies we funded this year.  If you see a group whose work you admire, remember to shop with us!  If you see the group that warms your heart, remember to shop with us!  If you see a group doing work that you know is vital to our city, our nation or the world beyond, remember to shop with us!  At The Exchange you really can “Shop Once, Give Twice”.

Click here for a current list of our beneficiaries.

 

 

Holiday Gift Guide

We've gathered some of our favorite things from around the store to help with your gift-giving decisions.  Whether your prefer to give gifts they'll wear or gifts to adorn their homes, we've got you covered.  And we have so much more from each of these designers! We know your friends and family will love receiving gifts from a store that gives its proceeds away each and every year.  Worthy agencies which literally change the world for those they serve receive our profits.  (See the list of current beneficiaries on our website)  So the more you shop, the more good we can do together.  

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Join Us for a Book Signing!

Coffee Table books make beautiful gifts during the holidays…and when you can give a signed copy, well that is even better!  We have two book signings during November and the first one is next week; so plan to join us!

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Tuesday, November 14  1:30 - 3:00

 First we welcome Laura Dowling, author of A White House Christmas.  Christmas at the White House is the most beautiful and grand celebration of the year. As Chief Floral Designer during the Obama administration, Laura Dowling was responsible for the dazzling floral pieces that made the season so memorable.  Laura Dowling comes to St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange to sign copies of her book, A White House Christmas.  She invites readers behind-the-scenes of this complex yearlong planning process where some of the most innovative and ambitious handmade displays were created. From architectural details to sugar paste floral vases and robotic versions of the First Family dogs, the décor inspired and delighted visitors and guests from across the country and around the world.

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 In addition to her White House experiences, Laura shares advice and ideas, tips and techniques for planning holiday displays at home, including step-by-step instructions for re-creating some of the most popular and original White House holiday designs.

Gray Malin Book Signing

Gray Malin is an acclaimed photographic artist whose iconic prints are loved by those who love a clean, contemporary and unique perspective in their art.  He lives in LA but is originally from Dallas!

This fine art photographer and NY Times bestselling author shoots aerial bird’s eye views of beaches and landscapes around the world; and has just released his second book.

His first book, Beaches, was a runaway hit; and now the talented Gray Malin takes his astonishing photography beyond the beach. Malin’s latest work, Escape, includes awe-inspiring images from 22 destinations across 11 countries, including the dry plains of Namibia, snowy Aspen Mountain and the warm sun of Bora Bora. Escape will inspire lovers of travel to plan escapes of their own.  

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On Friday, October 13 from 1:00-3:00 the ESD grad will sign copies of his new book at The Exchange.  We are honored to host Gray Malin on the first Dallas stop of his book release tour!

 

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Welcome to our Blog!

We are so happy to have you follow our story and our mission of providing our customers with beautiful things and then using our profits to benefit others.  Some of our customers shop with us because they love the interesting and elegant merchandise mix.  Some shop here because they grew up shopping at The Exchange with their mothers and grandmothers, and can’t remember not shopping here!  Some customers come because they depend on us to beautifully wrap each and every special gift they give, whether they purchased it from our store or not.  Some are loyal customers because they love our mission and feel good knowing that every dollar spent on something lovely in our store is given away to worthy agencies which are changing our community and our world.  What ever your reason, we are always glad to see you at #5 Highland Park Village.  And if you are new to us, do stop by!

Take a tour around our website to learn more about our story...and to see some of the treasures you’ll find around the store.  Gifts and Home DecorClassic Children’s Clothing and Toys. Baby and Layette. Inspirational and Religious GiftsGourmet Food and CookbooksCustom Stationery. Everything you need, really. 

And remember, we gift wrap anything purchased here or elsewhere. 

We plan to use this blog to update our followers about the newest arrivals in our store, the trends we see coming, and to spread the news about special events we have planned.

Thanks for joining us!