Save the date for Hearts for Housing Enchanted Forest Gala, Saturday, February 11th 2023!
We, along with our Presenting Sponsor, Innovations for Quality Living, are thrilled to be back in person at the Four Points by Sheraton! Join us for the most magical and enchanted Valentine’s event in Whatcom County!
How you can participate:
Donate to our auction:  
We are on the look-out for donated services, items, experiences, local getaways, and/or gift cards that can be used in our silent auctions.

Sponsor this event:  

Sponsors are the foundation of our fundraising success. We have a variety of sponsorships available for individuals and businesses. If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Tally Rabatin at
Be our guest:  
Tickets go on sale Monday, October 31st  2022. This is our largest fundraising event of the year, and it sells out fast-don’t miss out!

Thank you to our presenting sponsor:

Calling all trend-setters and fashion fiends, Lydia Place’s annual not-to-miss fashion and philanthropy shopping extravaganza, Handbags for Housing, is back in-person on Thursday, June 9th!
We, along with our Presenting Sponsor, San Juan Broadband, are thrilled to be back together to celebrate 10 years​ of Handbags for Housing with our “Bright Lights, Fashion City” themed event.
This year, you can find us and our fabulous guest emcee, Shannon Day, back under the big tent on the Barkley Village Green, to bring some much-needed fun to our community with an elegant and cosmopolitan experience.  You and your friends can peruse hundreds of bags thoughtfully curated with prices starting at $10, sip and savor craft cocktails and delicious appetizers, and enjoy a live fashion show featuring local boutiques and makers.
Grab your ticket to join us for an evening of fashion, philanthropy, and fun benefiting Lydia Place programs.
$30* Single General Admission
Includes entry to bid, browse, and shop handbag auctions, including our infamous handbag bazaar. Event entertainment consists of a live fashion runway show presented by Labels Women’s Consignment Shop, photobooth, access to games, delicious appetizers, and tickets to purchase beverages.
$125* Single VIP Admission
Includes all General Admission benefits PLUS early access to event, seating for fashion show, a VIP gift (includes one drink ticket), and access to the exclusive VIP lounge.
$1,000 VIP Table of Four
Includes 4 VIP tickets and all VIP Admission perks above PLUS a reserved table for four in the exclusive VIP lounge.
*Plus the donation of a gently used handbag from your closet or a new children’s book for families in our Parent Support Program.

Our thrift store Wise Buys is hosting a Children’s Spring Pop-up Shop Monday, April 16th thru Saturday, April 20th.

Community members and clients alike are invited to come shop for their kiddos at this one-time, week-long event featuring a large donation of brand new Olivia & Henry brand clothing from Grizzly Industrial Inc. – Bellingham, WA

Looking for fun florals and colorful ensembles for the sunny days ahead at an amazing low price? Come support Lydia Place with your purchases and learn how to donate your children’s items to Lydia Place families; via our Children’s and Maternity Donation Partners Flip – Premier Kids & Maternity Consignment and Little Bugs Children’s Consignment!

When you donate your children’s items to these community partners on behalf of Lydia Place, we receive a credit which allows our families the freedom to shop for the items they need at the local businesses we all know and love.


Stop by Wise Buys Thrift Store during Wine Walk on Friday, May 11th for live music, wine tasting, and super savings! Wise Buys Thrift Store is owned and operated by Lydia Place. All Wise Buys Thrift Store proceeds benefit Lydia Place programs and services.

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Welcome back STUDENTS! Visit Wise Buys Thrift Store Wednesday September 21st
for a special evening of sips, shopping, specials, a HOT raffle and more as we help to PAINT B’HAM BLUE for WWU. We’ll be featuring even more amazing bargains for Western Washington University ALUMNI and CURRENT STUDENTS, all benefiting a great cause! Wise Buys, as well as other participating Downtown Bellingham shops and businesses will feature special sales, signage, and deals for our entire community to enjoy.


The 11th Annual Girls Night Out will feature a fun day of shopping followed by an evening gala at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal.  Proceeds benefit Lydia Place


Grab your Passport & Shop the day away in the Fairhaven District!  Purchase Passports September 17th at:

12th Street Shoes, Blue Horizon Clothing, Renaissance Celebration, The Garden Room, Three French Hens Boutique, Village Books or Whimsey



Head down to the Bellingham Cruise Terminal for Auctions and Entertainment

Plan to drink, play and sing the night away!



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