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Where Tradition, Charity and Design Meet

The Fairfield Women's Exchange in downtown Southport sells art, antiques, crafts, food, jewelry and more. Many of the shop's items for sale are handmade and uniquely designed. Staffed entirely by volunteers, the Exchange was founded in 1962 and since then has awarded more than $855,000 to charities, including Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition, Project Return, Bethel Recovery and many more. The Exchange also represents artists who accept portrait commissions, volunteer Kathy Mitchell explains.

Consigners, many of them downsizing their homes, also choose the Exchange to sell antiques, art and jewelry. Some of the delicately embroidered towels, sachets and night clothes in the store were produced in Fond des Blancs, Haiti, through a sewing cooperative sponsored by Haiti Projects, Inc. Shop hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. And when you're ready to give in to the siren song of your sweet tooth, the Exchange is also one of the few places around selling California's See's Candies.

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