Handbags for Housing: Fashion and Fun that Benefits Local Homeless Families



Submitted by Lydia Place

handbags housingCalling all up-cycled, re-styled and new-styled fashionistas! On June 4 from 5:00 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m., Lydia Place—along with event partners TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy and Whatcom County Association Of REALTORS—will host the third annual Handbags For Housing at the Downtown Bellingham Depot Market Square; an evening of fashion and fun benefitting homeless families.

Program highlights include coveted “Handbags Bazaar” featuring over 500 handbags under $25, the Labels Women’s Consignment fashion show featuring over fifteen local boutiques, live handbag auction, winery tasting and store with Samson Estates Winery, cocktail samplings from Chuckanut Bay Distillery, Rock and Rye Oyster House, The Shakedown, Poppe’s 360 and gourmet appetizers from Crave Catering, Old World Deli and Windows On The Bay Events.

Limited VIP and general admission tickets are now available online at lydiaplace.org.

Featuring several recycle and up-cycle fashion elements, Handbags For Housing has become the every ladies night out. A special focus of the event is combining new and used clothing and accessories to refresh and renew your wardrobe. A perfect example is the cost of admission. Attendees select and purchase their choice of a General or VIP admission, and then the night of the event bring a new or gently used handbag to donate. Donated handbags will be quickly processed and then put up for sale in the bountiful “Handbag Bazaar,” where bags and accessories range from $7.5-$25. Attendees will look great and can feel great about their purchases knowing their contributions throughout the event support Lydia Place and the homeless families they serve.

handbags housingHandbags 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.

In the past 12 months, Lydia Place has assisted over 250 homeless families in finding housing and achieving their dreams for themselves and their children. Thanks to growing partnerships throughout the community, Lydia Place is serving more families than ever before.

Handbags for Housing is presented in partnership with partners TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy and Whatcom County Association Of REALTORS 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 Kafé 104.1, CSS Communications, The Crossing Guide Magazine and Tours, Bellingham Explorer, The Bellingham Herald, Bellingham Signs By Tomorrow, GMB Entertainment, Keller Williams, Windermere, The Chrysalis Inn & Spa, Chuckanut Bay Distillery, Love To Move Studioz, Rice Insurance, Merry Maids, Windows On The Bay Events, Bellingham Bay Coffee Roasters, REMAX, Umpqua Bank, Peoples Bank, Salon Bellissima, Three French Hens, Blue Horizon, Mi Shoes, Belle On Wheels, Caliber Home Loans, Bank of the Pacific and more have lent their support for the annual fundraiser.

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

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