Old Bags Luncheon Serves Up Designer Handbags for Less

Here's your chance to snag a gorgeous tote, clutch or shoulder bag, and support JBWS...

Bloomingdale's Kooba handbag
This sporty leather Kooba tote, donated by Bloomingdale's, is one of the 250 handbags available at the Old Bags Luncheon.

If you’re looking to stock up on wardrobe accessories, this is your chance to snag big bargains. Hundreds of designer handbag fans are expected to descend upon Morristown’s Spring Brook Country Club on Tuesday, October 18, to ogle all the goodies at the Old Bags Luncheon, organized by Morris County-based Jersey Battered Women’s Service. JBWS is a full-service, private, non-profit agency dedicated to the prevention of domestic violence.

The annual fundraiser invites women, and retailers, to donate their pricey designer handbags for a good cause and a tax deduction.  Doors open at 11 am and lunch will be served at 12:15 pm.

About 250 new and vintage handbags, evening clutches and totes will be up for grabs during live and silent auctions…a great way to take home a bragworthy buy at a bargain price. Designer labels include Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Ted Baker, Henri Bendel, Longchamp, Loro Piana, Michael Kors, Burberry, Marc Jacobs, Furla, Rebecca Minkoff, Kate Spade, Tory Burch and many more.

“I attended the event last year and was so moved by the survivor’s personal testimony and the JBWS mission,” says Marlie Massena, Public Relations Manager for event sponsor Bloomingdale’s. “This is such a different fundraiser than others that I’ve attended. Almost every guest went home with a handbag. I purchased shoes, too.” Massena is one of the volunteers who carefully inspected and priced this year’s collection of donated handbags.

Special additions to the silent auction will be six new clothing pieces by Worth New York and two wearable works of art by Vessels of Things Less Ordinary. Also donated are beautiful 100-percent silk charmeuse kaftans, courtesy of Imlay Gallery of Montclair.

The event hopes to raise $50,000 to support the critical services of JBWS which include a 24-hour helpline, crisis counseling, an emergency safe house, legal assistance, transitional living, vocational counseling and more.

Individual tickets are $100 each and details are at jbws.org.

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