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How a Vt. nonprofit hopes suitcase artwork will assist inventory outside gear libraries

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RUTLAND, Vt. (WCAX) – If you’re traveling this holiday season, here’s how to make sure you don’t mistake your luggage for someone else’s – unique, hand-painted bags.

It’s a new fundraiser from Come Alive Outside that is helping to make outdoor recreation more accessible and inclusive for all. It’s called Art to Go.

Local and national artists, including actress Chrissy Metz, have now put up painted suitcases for sale in a silent online auction.

Funds raised by Art to Go will help populate outdoor gear libraries with things like hiking poles and wool socks.

Come Alive Outside’s Olivia Lyons says this is a unique opportunity to bring underserved communities into the great outdoors.

“People should check this out because it’s a super cool way to buy an art-inspired piece of luggage. They’re spanning all the seasons — there’s a really nice suitcase with snowmen on it, there’s a hummingbird, there’s also a kind of fantasy suitcase with a unicorn on it and these beautiful trees,” said Lyons.

The auction also includes four luxury getaways in places like Bali. It closes at 8pm tonight, December 14th