Power of the Purse


pursesGet yourself ready for the 2013-14 fall and winter seasons or buy your holiday gifts early when the Mount Prospect Historical Society holds its “Power of the Purse” handbag auction on the evening of Thursday, October 10 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 and messenger bags for adults and children.   Brand names like Coach, Vera Bradley, Brighton, Fossil and Michael Kors, have been donated by retailers and members and friends of the Society.

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 vintage navy blue “Almondo Originals” shoulder bag purse from her personal closet for inclusion in the bidding.

The evening, which will begin at 7 p.m., will feature a fun mix of wine, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment 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.  Tickets, which are limited, can be purchased for $10 each at the museum or via PayPal at www.mtphist.org.  Reservations are needed by October 4th.

images-4“Ask almost any woman and she will tell you that there is no more important accessory than a handbag,” explained Rachel Toeppen, event chairman.  “It tells you something about a woman’s personality and state of mind, and since most women carry them day in and day out for an entire season, a purse gets identified with its carrier in a way that a single outfit does not.”

Even former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is not immune to the “power of the purse.”  She told Harper’s Bazaar in a recent interview, “I do love a good handbag. I think [handbags fill] a deep psychological need. It’s a desire to kind of organize and contain that which is important to you in your daily life.”

For more information, phone 847/392-9006. Buy tickets here!

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