Purses with Purpose Online Auction

April 7, 2023

The Circle Education is hosting its bi-annual spring fundraiser in April: the Purses with Purpose online auction. Over 90 new or gentle-used, high-quality purses, satchels, and handbags are auctioned off between Thursday, April 13th, and Sunday, April 16th.

The auction features a broad collection of designer bags, around-town bags, backpacks, evening purses, and even some celebrity bags. MP Elizabeth May has donated one of her purses to the auction and Canadian shoe designer John Fluevog contributed his fabulous Fluevog shoe purse. There is also a purse that traveled to London for a Centenary Royal Garden party at Buckingham Palace! 

The Circle Education delivers innovative, evidence-based social-emotional programs for children and youth on Salt Spring Island as well as the Outer Islands.  All the proceeds will support the organization’s in-school and after-school programming.  

Why Purses with Purpose?  When working with young people, the facilitators talk a lot about identity, and the type of bag we carry is a perfect metaphor! Both the outside and the inside reveal a whole lot about who we are. We can ask ourselves:  why do we choose the bags that we choose?  What do they say about our style/personality?  As for our inner selves, what do the contents of our purse tell us about what is important to us and what we need to feel comfortable when away from home.  What does it symbolize about where we are at in our life, the responsibilities we carry, the passions that we hold?

Here is a link to our auction website. The auction will go live on Thursday April 13th.


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