Get Ready to Bid: “Power of the Purse” 2015

Auction of Designer, Handmade and Vintage Purses
Planned by Mount Prospect Historical Society

Board Member Jill Tumberger displays a purse up for auction to attendees at the Power of the Purse 2013 event.

Board Member Jill Tumberger displays a purse up for auction to attendees at the Power of the Purse 2013 event.

Get yourself ready for the 2015-16 fall and winter seasons or buy your holiday gifts early when the Mount Prospect Historical Society holds its biennial “Power of the Purse” handbag auction on the evening of Thursday, October 29 in the community room of the Mount Prospect Village Hall, 50 S. Emerson St., Mount Prospect.

The event will feature a wide variety of new and almost-new designer, vintage, quirky and handmade purses for adults and children and messenger bags, donated by retailers, members and friends of the Society and so far includes brand names like Coach, Fossil, Dooney and Bourke and many more.

Board member Emily Zanotti discusses vintage purses at Power of the Purse 2013

Board member Emily Zanotti discusses vintage purses at Power of the Purse 2013

Of special interest will be a wide variety of handmade purses and bags, ranging from quilted purses to a felted wool purse, made by members of the Sew-Bee-It Quilters and the Mount Prospect Historical Society board of directors.

Mayor Arlene Juracek of Mount Prospect has even donated a new purse for inclusion in the bidding.

The evening, which will begin at 7 p.m., will feature a fun mix of wine, desserts, and both silent and live auctions to help you pick up some truly unique and entrancing handbags for yourself and others and at the same time support the restoration of the one-room 1896 Central School, located at 103 S. Maple Street on the Museum campus. Reservations, which are limited, are requested by October 26 and can be made for $10 each at the museum or pay via PayPal here in our museum store.

Contemporary writer/poet Carrie Teresa Maison said it best when she wrote, “A purse not only serves a functional purpose. It is a symbol of a woman’s personality. You can tell a great deal about a lady just by the purse she carries. The impression is just as important as the contents inside.”

For more information, phone 847-392-9006.

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