Coalition’s partnership blooms

A self-titled “Crazy Bag Lady” and a gardener have joined forces for the second year in a row to sell their reusable bags and bouquets, all for a good cause.

South Whidbey residents Janet Harris and Shellie Moore are both board members of the Whidbey Homeless Coalition and have been donating the funds given for the bags and the flowers to the organization.

Their wares are available outside of Langley Windermere on Second Street since Moore is a real estate broker there.

Owner Joe Mosolino has helped with the efforts by growing hundreds of flowers himself.

“It’s just a collaborative effort to keep it looking nice down there,” Harris said.

It also became a way to bring in money for the Whidbey Homeless Coalition because its spring fundraiser was canceled due to COVID-19.

Moore said the stand raised over $1,200 in the spring. Every few days she and Harris replenish the goods, which sometimes disappear faster than they can keep track of.

Right now, her bouquets contain peonies and roses. Soon they will have lilies and dahlias, the next flowers to be in bloom.

Harris crafts her reusable bags out of feed bags. She bleaches and sanitizes them before sewing the bags, a process that can take a few days because the bags often need to dry.

The stand outside of Langley Windermere will continue through the summer.

To place a flower order, email to Moore at shelliemoore@windermere.com. Harris also has her own Facebook page, Crazy Bag Lady of South Whidbey.

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