In The Bag Auction | 2016 Purses
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The Purses

Building Our 2016 Collection

We are looking for high quality, gently used or new handbags for the IN THE BAG Silent Auction and Luncheon on November 4, 2016. We require all donated bags to have a minimum value of $250. The bags are divided into categories (see below) based on their function or price point. Currently, we are looking to boost our inventory in the luxury designer label category as these bags generate the most revenue

To donate one or multiple purses click below to download the Handbag Donation Form . Fill out the form and call or deliver to Diane Nolin at Blisk Financial Group (7901 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA 22102, 703.748.5368).  All proceeds benefit the American Red Cross National Capital Region.

Categorizing and Authenticating

Our Handbag Committee is comprised of industry experts and knowledgeable consumers who assess each bag based on interior and exterior condition. Once a bag passes inspection and verification, the exterior is carefully cleaned; the interiors are carefully checked for damaged and/or forgotten items. The Icon bags are further scrutinized. We authenticate these bags in a step-by-step process starting with on-line research, verification of serial numbers and finally assessment of materials and finished details for brand consistency.


We occasionally decide a bag is better served by donating it to Suited for Change, an organization founded in 1992, who’s mission is to break down barriers to self-sufficiency by providing professional clothing, career and life skills education to low-income women.


Chanel, YSL, Louis Vuitton – Impeccably crafted, luxury bags for the style conscious woman who loves the finest and collects the best. Let’s face it, these gems can cost beaucoup bucks. We at IN THE BAG sent out a ‘Fashion 911’ to our generous supporters of the Red Cross who have responded with new and pre-loved bags to create an Icon Category from which you can start your collection. The bidding is lively and to the victor goes the gorgeous bag!



Bridge Lines, Furla, Marc Jaobs, Tory Burch – These unique, standout bags speak to the personality of the woman who lives life on her own terms. Uncompromising quality with flair, you’ve found the road less traveled but so worth it!


Tod, Cole Haan, Coach – Business bags for the professional who knows how to work it! These bags, worn with verve and confidence, allow their owner to walk into any office building, meeting or boardroom and command the attention because they mean business.



In appreciation of their on-going support locally as well as from the designer himself – MK doesn’t follow trends but sets the pace for others to catch. His bags evoke Hamptons’ soirees, aviator sunnies and golden lip gloss. The fact is one can never go wrong when holding onto a Kors bag. A woman who buys a Kors is savvy, chic and ‘in the know’…and others know it! 


Vintage and vintage-inspired, but in no way old-fashioned, this group of handbags is highlighted with a sensational Hermes Kelly bag for the true collector!



Feminine, flattering and funky best describes this group of fun-to-carry handbags. This is a mix of whimsical every-day bags to elegant evening bags curated to appeal to a wide range of handbag lovers.

Check your closets, ask your family and friends, call a neighbor — Help us create an unbelievable collection of purses to auction off in November 2016!