Lydia Place and Charter College Host 2nd Annual Handbags For Housing



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Handbags For Housing was born as a creative and fashionable way to raise awareness about programs and services offered through Lydia Place.

Calling all up-cycled, re-styled and new-styled fashionistas!

On June 5, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, Lydia Place – along with event partner Charter College – will host the second annual Handbags For Housing at the Downtown Bellingham Depot Market Square for an evening of fashion and fun benefiting homeless families.

Program highlights include the re-fashion handbag and accessory bazaar, the Labels Women’s Consignment fashion show featuring fifteen local boutiques, winery tastings from Samson Estates Winery, beer tasting from Boundary Bay Brewery, and gourmet appetizers from Crave Catering and Old World Deli.

Handbags For Housing has become the every-ladies night out with a special focus on combining new and used clothing and accessories to refresh and renew your wardrobe.

To gain admission to the event, attendees must purchase their choice of a General or VIP ticket, and also bring a gently used handbag from their closet to donate to the handbag bazaar. Handbags will then be quickly “fluffed” and put for sale in the bountiful “Handbag Bazaar,” where bags and accessories range from $5 to $25.

Attendees will look great and can feel great about their purchases, knowing their contributions throughout the event support homeless families.

Handbags For Housing was born as a creative and fashionable way to raise awareness about programs and services offered through Lydia Place – a non-profit agency working to end homelessness in Whatcom County since 1989. Lydia Place supports families in establishing sustained independence.

In the past 12 months, Lydia Place has assisted over 180 homeless families in finding housing and achieving their dreams for themselves and their children. Thanks to growing partnerships with the Bellingham Housing Authority and Whatcom Homeless Service Center, Lydia Place is serving more families than ever before.

HandbagLogoHandbags for Housing is presented in partnership with Charter College and other local and national businesses that believe in the Lydia Place mission that every family deserves a home.

Local fashion collective Labels Women’s Consignment presents the re- and new fashion show featuring hair from Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy. Dozens of local businesses – including Bellis Fair, texture clothing, Merry Maids, Girl Meets Boy DJ Services, Joy Of Pilates, Peoples Bank, The Bellingham Herald, Kali Rose Boutique, LuLu – Wonderful Things, 4 Starrs Boutique, Polished, Signs By Tomorrow, OH Snap! Photo Booth, Evolve Truffles, and more – have lent their support for this annual fundraiser.

Bring your friends, family and colleagues for an unforgettable evening for a great cause!

Limited VIP and general admission tickets are now available online at


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