(09/29/10) BROOKLYN - The Brooklyn Women's Exchange on Pierrepont Street supports independent craft artists from Brooklyn.

The store has deep roots in history, it dates back as far as the Civil War. Books, bottle corks and carved pieces of wood from broken sycamore limbs are among the many items for sale at the exchange.

The store was originally set up in the 1850s for women who fell on hard times and had to work at home. Women would craft things and sell their work at the exchange so they could make money without tarnishing their name.

Today the store buys from crafters of all kinds. Everything from children's sweater tops to custom trains fill the stores' shelves. Originally there were about 130 exchanges nationwide and now there are less than 20. Brooklyn Women's Exchange in Brooklyn is run by volunteers to help keep it afloat.