You can help raise much needed funds for

Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People

by taking part in the Handbag Amnesty


scroll down for more info....


Thank you to all who came to

Rainbows Handbag Amnesty

'Pop-Up' Shop in Loughborough

on Sat 10th & Sun 11th October 2015

We raised £2500 in bag sales which is fantastic!

A huge THANK YOU to the very kind landlord of the shop unit on Churchgate. His generosity made the weekend possible

His continued support means we are preparing a


at the same address selling Rainbows' Christmas Cards & Gifts

We'll be open Sat 21 & Sun 22 November & further dates to be confirmed - more details to follow soon...

Click to see Rainbows Christmas range


National Handbag Day - 10th Oct 2015!


Just click on a bag to find out more about Rainbows Handbag Amnesty

What is the Handbag Amnesty?

Donate a bag

Buy a bag

Organise your own Handbag Amnesty

Find a local Handbag Amnesty event



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What is the Handbag Amnesty?

... it is a great opportunity to set your unused handbags free to be loved by someone else & at the same time you'll be making room for great new beauties! Plus you'll be doing a really nice thing to help Rainbows


Do you love handbags?

Are there neglected treasures sitting unused in your cupboard - making you feel ever so slightly gulity?

We ask ladies to donate handbags (& purses) in good condition, ones they think somebody else will want to buy. These bags are then sold at various events with 100% of what is paid going directly to Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People.

How to donate a bag

How to buy a bag

Want to organise your own Handbag Amnesty for Rainbows?

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Would you like to donate a bag?

Liberate those neglected, unused treasures & help Rainbows!


If you have a handbag (or purse) in good condition, one you think somebody else will want to buy, we'd love to have it. Donated bags are then sold at various events with 100% of what is paid going directly to Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People.

How to donate a bag

Drop at the Hospice (Lark Rise, Loughborough LE11 2HS) PLEASE make sure you mark your donation "For The Handbag Amnesty"

Take your bag along to one of the Handbag Amnesty events. Click here for details.

Or, if it isn't convenient to get to the Hospice or an event, please contact Yvonne on 01530 224579 .......

PLEASE NOTE - If you want your handbag to be part of the Amnesty please don't take them to the Rainbows Shops as they are currently unable to pass them on.



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Want to buy a gorgeous bag?


Donated bags are sold at various events around the region with 100% of what is paid going directly to Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People.

Details of Handbag Amnesty events

Contact Yvonne on 01530 224579

OR could you hold your own Handbag Amnesty event for Rainbows? It's really simple & great fun! Click for details



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Would you like to raise funds for Rainbows?

Organise your own Handbag Amnesty - it is really easy!!



At Home - At Work - At a Venue or Hall

The format is so simple & really flexible

individuals - groups - church organisations - mum's groups - clubs WIs - ladies' circles - golf clubs - companies big or small.....

What you need to do once you decide to go ahead

  • Firstly, THANK YOU from all at Rainbows - we appreciate your support
  • Secondly please contact us with the date of your event so we can put it in the diary & make sure there are lots of lovely bags available for you. We can also have a chat to work out the best way for you to get the bags.
  • You tell us what sort of price range you think your friends will appreciate. Let us know how many bags you'd like - or roughly how many people will be there & we'll work it out.
  • We can help with a template for invitations, poster & flyer
  • If you feel your event would work best just taking in donated bags & not selling that works too
  • We can add the details to the 'Events' list on this website to help publicise your Handbag Amnesty

Basically whatever help or support you feel you need just ask

Honestly, holding your own Rainbows Handbag Amnesty couldn't be simpler!
We can supply handbags priced up & all ready to sell.
All you need to do is invite friends,
add a couple of bottles of wine (or tell everyone to BYO)
& you have a fun, girly evening of
totally guilt-free handbag buying because it is all for Rainbows!!

Handbags + friends + a glass of wine - does it get much better?

Rainbows Handbag Amnesty works just as well as a coffee morning too

In the workplace how about a sale over lunchtime?

Want to find out more?



contact Yvonne

...01530 224579 .......



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Find a local Handbag Amnesty event

If there isn't an event near you

please contact Yvonne

...01530 224579 .......


Mon. 23rd May 2016
Anstey Wives
Methodist Church
Sat. 30th April 2016
Gaddesby WI
Village Hall
Mon. 23rd Nov 2015
Soar Valley Inner Wheel
Quorn Grange
Mon. 16th Nov 2015
Hathern WI
Thurs. 12th Nov 2015
Ullesthorpe WI
Mon. 12th Oct 2015
Countesthorpe WI


Sat. 10th Oct 2015

Sun 11th Oct 2015


10 - 5:30

11 - 5:00


7 Churchgate Loughborough

LE11 1UD

Turn up on the day


Sat. 12th Sept 2015
Great Easton WI
Wed. 29th July 2015
Breedon on the Hill WI
Wed. 8th July 2015
Earl Shilton WI
Sat 20th & Sun 21st June
12:00 17:00
Open Osgathorpe

Osgathorpe village LE12 9SY INFO

Turn up on the day
Wed. 17th June 2015
Stoney Stanton WI
Thurs. 11th June 2015
Belton Belles
Mon. 11th May 2015
Newbold Verdon WI
Mon. 6th May 2015
11:00 16:00
Markfield May Day Gala & Library Open Day
Oakfield Ave., Markfield
Turn up on the day
Mon. 6th May 2015
12:00 18:00
Quorn May Day Fair
Stafford Orchard, Station Road, Quorn
Turn up on the day
Wed. 4th Mar. 2015
19:30 21:00
Osgathorpe WI

Harley Hall, Church Lane LE12 9SY

Fri. 14th Nov. 2014
13:45 16:00
Quorn WI
Church Rooms, Quorn LE12 8DY
Sun. 9th Nov. 2014
19:00 22:00
Livio's Restaurant
Hall Croft, Shepshed LE12 9AN

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Fri. 29th November
14:00 - 16:00
Hospice Hope Meeting Legion House, Ashby de la Zouch Private meeting DETAILS
Thurs. 28th November
Kegworth Wives Group

St Andrew's Church Hall Dragwell, Kegworth DE74 2EL

Call Jean Hayes 01509 569893 for further details
Wed. 13th November
Big Shed Fashion Show & Sale With A Difference! The Big Shed (Covenant Life Church) LE2 7SR DETAILS
Sat. 2nd November
17:30 - 22:00
Rainbows Festival of Fireworks Leicester Racecourse DETAILS
Sat. 12th October
20:00 - 22:30
Rainbows Moonlight Walk Loughborough DETAILS
Sun. 8th September
12:30 - 17:00
Osgathorpe Dog Show for Rainbows
Osgathorpe Village LE12 9TA
Sun. 4th August
11:00 - 17:00 
Rainbows Zany Dog Show & Fun Day
Loughborough Grammar School
Burton Walks
Loughborough LE11 2DU
Thurs. 27th June 14:00 - 16:00 Kirby Muxloe Friends of Rainbows Handbag Amnesty & Flower Demonstration

St Bartholomew's Church Hall Hinckley Road, Kirby Muxloe LE3 3PE

Call Marlene Hurdley 0116 2394798 for tickets & further details
Tues. 28th May
Narborough 8 O'Clock Club Robjohn Hall, School Lane, Narborough LE19 2GS DETAILS
Mon. 6th May 12:00 - 18:00 Quorn May Day Fair

Stafford Orchard, Station Road, Quorn

Turn up on the day 
Mon. 22nd April
Gardeners Lunch for Rainbows
Floral Media, Norwell Road
Caunton, Newark NG23 6AQ

Advance booking required DETAILS
Fri. 19th April
Hospice Hope Meeting Legion House, Ashby de la Zouch Private meeting DETAILS
Sat. 16th March
10:00 - 12:00 
Swannington WI Spring Sale
Swannington Hall, Main Street Swannington LE67 8LQ
Turn up on the day
Tues. 12th March
Rainbows Celebrity Luncheon with Fiona Cairns
Leicester Tigers Stadium
Aylestone Road
Leicester LE2 7TR
Advance booking required DETAILS
Fri. 8th March
Deloitte Charity Lunch in aid of Rainbows
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Nottingham NG1 5RH
Advance booking required DETAILS
Thurs. 21st February
18:30 - 21:00
Bosworth Aesthetics & Beauty Ladies' Event
Bosworth Hall Hotel
Market Bosworth
Warwickshire CV13 0LP
Buy ticket on the door DETAILS
Wed. 6th February
Coleorton WI
Beaumont Social Centre
Nottingham Road,
Peggs Green LE67 8HN
Private meeting
Tues. 5th February
St Botolph's Tuesday Group Handbag Amnesty St Botolph's Church Hall Churchgate, Shepshed LE12 9RJ Turn up on the evening

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Mon. 6th May
12:00 18:00
Quorn May Day Fair
Stafford Orchard, Station Road, Quorn
Turn up on the day
Wed. 4th March
19:30 21:00
Osgathorpe WI

Harley Hall, Church Lane LE12 9SY

Fri. 14th Nov
13:45 16:00
Quorn WI Church Rooms LE12 8DY
Sun. 9th Nov
19:00 22:00
Livio's Restaurant Shepshed

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Gardeners Lunch for Rainbows with talks by Chelsea Silver Medalists and demonstrations.

Stalls including Rainbows produce and Handbag Amnesty displays.

Monday 22nd April 2013
11.30 for 12 noon
Cost £26 per head

For tickets please call Caroline Rossin 01522 789578 or Joan Sinclair 01636 702526

Floral Media, Norwell Road
Caunton, Newark NG23 6AQ

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Every event is unique but here are some FAQs & explanations that you might find helpful - but always feel free to contact us & we can chat through everything

Q. Do I have to keep complicated sales records?









A. Nothing is complicated about Rainbows Handbag Amnesty, honestly!

Each bag has a small 'luggage' label. On that you'll see there is a code & a price. Sometimes there is also brief additional info such as if it is leather, a well respected brand etc.

As you sell a bag all you have to do is REMOVE THAT LABEL & KEEP IT SAFE.

Those labels are the sales record for your event.

At the end if you add up the prices on those labels it should tally exactly with cash taken less your original float money.

Those labels are also essential for our records. PLEASE SEND THEM ALL TO US AFTER YOUR EVENT as we need them in order to update the master stock list.


Q. Does someone have to donate a bag to be able to buy a bag?


A. Not at all! It is always lovely to get bags to add to the stock but funds are raised for Rainbows by selling the bags so all purchases are good news.


Q. Will I have to price up bags?


A. No! All the bags we supply for your event are already priced up.


Q. But what about pricing bags donated at my event?





A. The simplest thing is collect together any donations in a separate box or bag, slip in a note saying DONATIONS & just send those back to us with any unsold stock etc.

We'll then get them labelled up & all ready to go to the next event.

New donations ensure the Rainbows Handbag Amnesty stock is always changing!


Q. What if someone really wants to buy a newly donated bag?







A. If you feel confident setting a price then it would be a shame to miss the sale or disappoint a prospective customer!

You could always ask the kind donor roughly how much the bag cost originally & then if you feel confident to judge the condition & age of the bag set a price accordingly.

All we'd ask is you make a note of a brief description of the bag & the price you've sold it for & include that with the other sales tickets you return to us.


Q. Any equipment or supplies that I'll need at the event?







A. Nothing complicated.....

A sign, which we can supply, explaining Rainbows Handbag Amnesty so everyone understands these are all donated bags & 100% goes to Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People.

Cash box or similar

Float - all bags & purses are priced up in full £s so you'll need mainly £1 coins. A few £5 & £10 notes are useful too.

Scissors (to cut the 'luggage' labels off)

Pen & paper

Some carrier bags can be useful.

Q. What if someone wants to pay by cheque?


A. Please ask them to make it out to Rainbows Children's Hospice.


Q. If a buyer tells me to 'keep the change as a donation to Rainbows' what do I do?



A. Simply alter the label for that bag to show the actual price paid.

For example if the price is £8 & the buyer gives £10 just put a line through '£8' on the label & mark it as £10.

That ensures when you add up all the prices on the labels at the end of the event sales will tally with money taken.


Q. How are the prices decided?






A. The likely original price of each bag, its condition, 'desirability', whether it is leather, if it has any signs of wear etc. are all taken into consideration.

If a bag is 'right on trend' or if it is really unusual - if it is a genuine designer label - all these factors help determine a fair price to charge for it. Sometimes it takes quite a bit of research!

Even if you don't recognise the manufacturer you can usually be pretty sure a bag is a 'good one' by the quality of the trimmings such as zips & clasps.


Q. What is the price range?


A. Currently we have some bags priced at just £1 & the most expensive is £50.


Q. Have all the bags been used?





A. Perhaps surprisingly, no! Some are brand new & sometimes still have their original labels still attached - like the designer bag priced at £50!

Usually the explanation is they were bought to go with an outfit & then the lady wore a different one. Sometimes they have been gifts which weren't the recipient's taste. Or maybe just bought on a whim & then remained unused.

Many of the bags donated have only been used once or twice.


Q. If we've already had a Handbag Amnesty, or someone else has organised one locally, can we do another one?







Obviously it makes sense to pick the date carefully & we'll be able to advise on that.

But even if another local club or group has held a Rainbows Handbag Amnesty recently if you feel you'll have a different selection of ladies attending your event there is no cross over anyway.

We also hope you'll all enjoy the Handbag Amnesty & want to make it a regular event each year - or more often if you like!

With new donations arriving all the while by the time you are ready for another event there'll be great new ones in stock to tempt you all.

If there is anything else you'd like to find out

please contact Yvonne

...01530 224579 .......



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