Thursday, July 26, 2012

Memphis Adventures Winding Down

On Monday, July 16th, our group was diminished to five when Debbie and her mother left for their homes in Louisiana.  But there was one more tea room for us who remained to visit,  The Woman's Exchange of Memphis.

It was founded in 1885, but was known as the Crafts Exchange then, marketing  the handicrafts of the needy.   In 1935, the name was changed to The Woman's Exchange, and it has continued to grow into a thriving, non-profit organization offering items from more than 800 consignors.   It has been at this present location since 1962.  Volunteers staff the tea room and gift shop, which is open Monday through Friday.

Their featured tea of the month [Strawberry] was for sale in the gift shop.

Their posted menu for the day...

This cute antique stove named, Hazel, was in the server's area.

We were seated in the sun room.  By the time we left there was a long line of people waiting to be seated for lunch.  They do a thriving business.

My cousins, Valerie & Vickie [sisters] and their mother [my Aunt Ruthie]. 

I ordered their soup and sandwich combo - potato soup and chicken salad sandwich with homemade bread and butter pickles, potato chips and strawberry iced tea.

And for dessert... chess pie.  Yum!

My purchases from the gift shop were this cookbook and...

A Mary Englebreit tea-themed plate and spreader.

I didn't purchase the framed, embroidered piece below, but I photographed it because I liked what it said.

From the tea room we headed over to the Antique Gallery in Bartlett, TN - another antique mall. 

Antiques and tea go together, which is why this antique mall has a tea room located inside.  It's not open for food service on Mondays, but we were allowed to browse inside the dining area because many items were for sale.   I saw plenty, but had to resist.

Isn't the dining area lovely?

Tomorrow will be my last Memphis post.   I hope you've been enjoying arm-chair traveling with me!


  1. I HAVE been enjoying seeing Memphis through your eyes (and teacups!). Here's another place I'd like to visit one of these days. Thanks!

  2. I certainly have enjoyed your Memphis travels. Love the recipe book and your ME plate and spreader!

  3. I love the concept of the Woman's Exchange. It looks like a pleasant place with delicious food! I'm enjoying my armchair travels! Thank you for sharing!

    LaTeaDah from Gracious Hospitality

  4. Always love arm-chair travel. What lovely places you visited. I think I would have had a difficult time not purchasing something special in the antique shop.

  5. Oh I *love* chess pie! I'm vicariously enjoying the trip to Memphis!

  6. Now this would have been my kind of fun! I've actually heard of the Memphis Woman's Exchange before, but now I can't remember where. Love your souvenirs!


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