Downtown St. Augustine is a shopper’s paradise. And when you step into the historic Pena-Peck House, you will find a unique gift shop that appeals to everyone. The Woman’s Exchange of St. Augustine opened its first shop on Nov. 1, 1892 in one of industrialist Henry M. Flagler’s first hotels, The Alcazar. The shop was created by the Whatsoever Circle of the International Order of the King’s Daughters and Sons to help women who had fallen on hard times discretely place their hand-crafted items for sale. The shop was in the right place and its inventory appealed – bobbin lace, Spanish drawnwork table and bed linens, other accessories, and some food delicacies.
Some customers engaged in special orders that were shipped to them “up north.” The regular customers were the guests at Flagler’s hotels, The Ponce de Leon, The Alaczar and The Cordova. Today, the shop is located in the historic Peña-Peck House at 143 St. George Street, one block north of the Plaza de la Constitucion. The Woman’s Exchange features its own datil pepper jelly, datil hot sauce and curried rice mix. The Woman’s Exchange Entertains is Volume Four of its members and friends’ special recipes, many highlighting local flavors and traditions. The featured products are the many hand- crafted items for the home, infants and children, fashion accessories, and unique works of art by talented consignors, women and men, from around the country. These consignors are looking to supplement their income and/or establish their own niche market for their product.
The Woman’s Exchange is a member of the national Federation of Woman’s Exchanges that includes 20 shops in 12 states. When you shop at a Federation member store, you help a consignor achieve economic stability; enable an Exchange to remain a viable business outlet for the consignors and vendors in a local community; and have a unique gift for someone else or yourself. The Woman’s Exchange of St. Augustine is open Sunday, 12:30-5 p.m.; Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. -5 p.m. The Woman’s Exchange of St. Augustine has more than 100 registered consignors and is always on the lookout for new and unique items. For more information on becoming a Woman’s Exchange consignor, please contact the Woman’s Exchange Gift Shop, through the contact section of our website.