Outlook: United Way of West Central Mississippi to host Power of the Purse fundraiser – The Vicksburg Post
Whether it’s a small pouch or a purse large enough to carry the kitchen sink, handbags have a use.
Some are used as an accessory for an outfit and others are designed to hold a woman’s essentials.
A handbag can say a lot about its personality and what function it is needed for. Therefore, finding the best fit can often be a challenge, and in some cases it can take hours, days or even months to locate it.
For those looking for a handbag or for those who just want to make a difference, United Way of West Central Mississippi will be auctioning 21 handbags during its Power of the Purse fundraiser.
“This event is new this year,” said United Way Director of Marketing and Resource Development Alesia Shaw. “But this is the one we hope to continue for years to come.”
The online auction will begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 17 and end at 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 20. Profits from the event will be donated to Centraide.
The Power of the Purse fundraiser will also include a “Sip and See”, where interested buyers can come and see the handbag (s) they wish to bid on up close. The Sip and See will take place from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm on June 17 at the Vicksburg Auditorium, 901 Monroe St. Admission is $ 5 and will include light refreshments.
All of the handbags auctioned were donated by “generous” sponsors, Shaw said. Donors include the Vicksburg Casino; WaterView Casino and Hotel; Dr Paul and Jill Pierce; the city of Vicksburg; Magnolia Estates-Vicksburg; The small car store; Halford Insurance Agency Inc .; View of the lake and the Belles river.
There are sponsors who also donated gifts that will be used as door prizes during the “Sip and See”.
“We have some really nice door prizes,” said Shaw, adding that everyone who attends will be eligible to win.
The handbags worn today have evolved over time. The earliest known existence of a handbag dates back over 5,000 years when a chamois bag was found next to Europe’s oldest natural mummy, Otzi the Ice Man.
The first modern handbag was made as a result of the manufacture of bags by HJ Cave for Samuel Parkinson’s wife in the 1800s.
Parkinson had commissioned Cave to make suitcases and travel trunks for his train journeys. He also wanted him to make bags in different sizes that his wife could wear in place of her small purse. Different sizes have been made so, depending on the occasion, that she can carry more of her personal belongings if she wishes.
In the 1930s, companies like Chanel and Louis Vuitton began to make a name for themselves by marketing high-end handbags, which continue today.