Kathryn Vennard poses with a donation of women’s shoes that will go towards a charity shoe swap. More donations are needed. -Observer file photo.

Clean your closet for a cause

Donations of shoes and purses being accepted for the She Shoe Swaps event.

It’s time for the 6th Annual She Shoe Swaps! This is a unique charity event that gives women a chance to donate those nearly new or gently used shoes, boots and handbags from their closets.

Donor names are entered for draw prizes from wonderful local businesses for flowers, movie passes, spa treats and more. Ladies then shop the one day sale blitz, held this year on Saturday, May 13, 2017 (always the day before Mother’s Day).

The drop boxes for donations are in place and there is another drop box location this year – Sicamous SASCU. The Salmon Arm Savings & Credit Union has kindly agreed to host drop boxes in both Sicamous and Sorrento to extend our reach to more locations. In Salmon Arm, donations can be made at RBC on Alexander Street, InView Optical at the Mall at Piccadilly, Brooke Downs Vennard law office by the cenotaph, and at the Okanagan College office. If the donations are from further away, we can arrange for pick-up. In previous years there have been donations from Kelowna, Kamloops, Victoria, Edmonton, Calgary and even Yellowknife!

All the proceeds go to two local causes – the SAFE Society and Rosemarie’s Fund held by the Shuswap Community Foundation which is about good things in the Shuswap. In 2016, an amazing was raised $8,805. for the two charities to share.

Each year the sale gets bigger and better. On Saturday May 13, the sale doors will open at 9 a.m. at Okanagan College in Salmon Arm. Most items are $10 per pair or purse, boots are $15. Some really wonderful items are priced a little higher but the result is two charities benefit, so ladies are thrilled with their purchases and everyone feels really good about it.

Three years ago, the organizers received some really great donations of purses and the Ooh la la Purse Raffle was started. This year is the fourth year for the raffle and we have again some awesome bags. To see the purses and buy lots of tickets, visit Shuswap Clothing and Shoe Company on Alexander (next to the Royal Bank). We have two beautiful new Coach Bags, two lovely Kate Spade purses, a fabulous Fossil bag, a gorgeous Diane Von Furstenberg, and a get the girl started, small Guess bag for that young girl who loves purses already.

Tickets are $3 each and can be purchased at Shuswap Bliss, Edward Jones (Coralie Tolley’s uptown office), and several other businesses in town.

For information, please see our website, www.sheshoeswaps.com or Facebook page.