Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Get ready for Bags & Baubles

Looking for a nearly guilt-free indulgence? Head over to the Assistance League of Charlotte's fourth annual Bags and Baubles sale, 9a-4p Saturday, Oct. 24 at its thrift shop, 3600 S. Tryon St.

The ALC is a nonprofit volunteer organization that assists children in need through its five philanthropic programs: Operation School Bell, Operation Check Hunger, Mecklenburg County Teen Court, Outreach and a college scholarship program.

And they've got some killer style. They've collected gently used handbags, jewelry, shoes and accessories for the sale. The list of designers is impressive. Here's just a handful of the names that will be on the sales floor: Donald J. Pliner, Dooney & Bourke, Coach, Hartmann, Maud Frizon and Lulu Guinness.

Word on the street is there's some David Yurman and vintage Eisenberg Ice jewelry in the mix too.

Perry's of SouthPark will be on hand for appraisals and gold/silver buybacks. ALC is still accepting donations of gently used jewelry, accessories and handbags for the sale. Click here for more information.

Having shopped the sale before, here are a few things I think you should consider before you go:
  • Get there early. Don't arrive at 9a on the nose and expect to walk right in.

  • Be courteous. It's just plain rude to sweep up an entire rack of bags on to your arm and cart them off, only to weed through and put the castoffs back. Manners, please.

  • Remember it's for charity.