Inside 5 Celebrity Yard Sales

This past weekend, Teri Hatcher threw a garage sale at her house and raised $20,000 for Los Angeles charities. The sale was invite-only, and browsers paid $50 smackeroos to get in the door, though Teri did treat them to her favorite cupcakes, flown in for the occasion from Coral Gables, Florida. Some items for sale included Coach purses, Disney hotel packages, boots signed by Eva Longoria Parker, never-worn clothes, and toys. Hatcher was joined by guests like Camryn Manheim from “The Practice” and Jane Lynch from “Glee.” Hatcher says the garage sale was her daughter’s idea, but apparently she enjoyed herself. “You get motivated by the giving,” she said. “I can’t wait for the next one!” [People]

Interestingly, celebrities seem to throw yard sales all the time. And thank goodness, since they no doubt have better stuff than busted toasters and some scratched-up records.

  • Never one to be outdone, Barbra Streisand is auctioning off a collection of gowns from her movies this fall. The 500 items will be on display on a cruise of the Queen Mary 2, previewed in England and Ireland, and then exhibited at The Beverly Hilton in October before being auctioned by Julien’s Auctions. About the sale, Babs says, “What good does it do in storage? Let someone else enjoy it. These things, they’re not forever. We pass them on and reap the benefits for something important.” [Guardian] — The auction catalog alone costs $100. If I can’t afford the catalog, I’m guessing her mahogany antiques are out of reach?
  • Last year, Pamela Anderson sold some personal stuff along with the entire contents of one of her homes and donated the proceeds to PETA. The sale was filmed for her reality TV show and she managed to sell pairs of her undies, a chain-mail bra, and the float she jogged with as a lifeguard on “Baywatch.” [Damn I’m Cute] — Pamela Anderson’s estate sale, sponsored by guys with boners!
  • Ozzy Osbourne’s 2007 Julien’s Auction benefited the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program and raised about $800,000! Apparently, the bidders were either art aficionados who were interested in sculptures and paintings or metal heads who bid on things like skull sneakers, Ozzy’s glasses, and a bat coat. Darren Julien said of the crowds, “We had Ozzy fans bidding against these sophisticated fine art buyers. For the most part the metalheads were outbidding the art crowd.” [Right Celebrity]
  • In 2006, Tori Spelling threw a massive yard sale at her former home. Memorabilia for sale included signed scripts and photos from “Beverly Hills, 90210,” shabby chic furniture, fine silver, used makeup (eww), and a ton of wedding keepsakes from her first marriage to Charlie Shanian. One reporter in attendance asked, “Is this for charity? Or does it go to Tori?” To which the hired estate-sale workers responded, “It’s for Tori.” Visitors expecting bargains were disappointed and said, “This stuff is expensive!” Tori explained to People, “I had to break away from the past and be ready to start anew. It’s out with the old, in with the new.” [People] — I don’t care how famous the person is, who wants to buy someone’s used lip gloss?