Date Added: Jan 2010
For more than 30 years, members of Chicago's Oak Park Women's Exchange have been pooling their resources in order to sell handmade crafts and creations. Together, they enjoy a cooperative business arrangement that celebrates creativity, community and commerce. Diane Symonanis has always enjoyed working with her hands. A paralegal by trade, she's a crafter at heart. She's designed stenciled clothing, handmade greeting cards, knit accessories and artisan jewelry. More artist than businessperson, she never dreamed she could make money by selling things that she enjoyed giving away for free.