It’s a way to shop — for yourself or for gifts for others — and help the community.
Baubles, Boots & Bags is a fundraiser for Soroptimists of Greater North Kitsap. Proceeds help fund scholarships and support other causes.
Every year, the organization gives to about a dozen causes, including Habitat for Humanity, Hospice of Kitsap County, YWCA Alive Shelter, Bainbridge Youth Services, North Kitsap Fishline, and Helpline House.
Soroptimists also sponsors “Bras for a Cause” and funds three scholarships for women.
Baubles, Boots & Bags is May 10, 1-4 p.m., in the lower level of the Poulsbo branch of the Kitsap Regional Library, 700 NE Lincoln Road, Poulsbo.
“At our first sale in November 2012, we raised $3,200,” said Sigrid Howard of Soroptimists of Greater North Kitsap. “We are striving for $6,000 this year.”
The boutique-style sale features new and gently used jewelry, shoes, handbags and accessories — all donated for the sale.
“Not all women like jewelry and accessories,” club member Barbara James said in an earlier interview. “But all women love giving things to others and love that their efforts are helping people.”
In an interview while preparing for the first Baubles, Boots & Bags, James said Bras for a Cause had grown into a well-known event with a lot of participation, and that got members thinking about doing something else during the year to raise money “and we just came up with the idea to sell boots and shoes and jewelry.”
After a bit of brainstorming, they chose the name “Baubles, Boots & Bags.” A committee of James, Howard and Amy Allen went to work, and in six weeks gathered more than 60 pairs of shoes and boots, 60 purses, and hundreds of pieces of jewelry, including necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
“We put the word out to our members and their friends and we posted it on our Facebook page,” Howard said. “And what a response.”
You’ll have to go to this year’s sale to see the quality of items that are being made available. But that first boutique sale may be an indication of what you’ll find.
Items offered at the first sale included a 1910 or 1920s necklace and earrings set made of a citron- colored jewel. It was given by a friend of Howard’s in California who wanted to support the work of the Soroptimists.
“She said it was her mother’s and she used to wear it to afternoon tea,” Howard said at the time.
Among other jewelry items: brooches and pins, bracelets, necklaces and earrings of diamond-like stones.
The inventory of shoes included a pair of Nine West taupe and white polka dot pumps with four-inch wood heels, and a pair of black velvet holiday shoes with sparkling silver heels. Other shoes included ankle boots in black suede, and a pair of Funtaisma brand red, white and black patent leather pumps with red hearts hugging the heels.
Bags included over-sized Hobo bags, beaded evening bags, and Italian leather bags by Coach and Prada. Many had only been used once or twice and some looked new.
“Some of them appear to have been purchases for a single event or for wearing on a cruise and then never used again,” Howard said. “Especially some of the jewelry.”
As at the first sale, all items at the May 10 sale will be priced competitively, Howard said. Pricing is based on similar items listed on eBay and elsewhere and most items are expected to cost less than $50.
Kerry Slone of Longworth Studio in Poulsbo helped with pricing in the first sale.
“We’re trying to make sure everything gets bought because the whole idea is to make money for our projects,” James said.
Donations for the sale are still being accepted at the Windermere Real Estate office, 18570 Highway 305 in Poulsbo, or by calling James at 360-649-1008 to arrange for pick up.