Oprah knows how to make that money! And people LOVE Oprah and apparently her stuff too!
During in what was described as an epic yard sale, Oprah’s old stuff raised over $600,000 and all of it went to charity!
The Los Angeles Times reported that the Oprah touch sent prices on the most mundane items skyrocketing, simply because people wanted something that was Oprah’s – including a teapot expected to go for $100.
From what we are hearing, in the end, that particular teapot had another zero attached to its price tag. Can you imagine?!
Other non-bargains, as reported by the Times:
• A set of six 18th-century Louis XVI armchairs with hand-embroidered details netted $60,000
• An enlarged print of a TV Guide photo of the TV host, with a $200-$400 estimate, went for $3,000
• Crystal lamp bases (described as “simple”), expected to fetch $200-$400, went instead for $2,500
• Two 13-ft. long sofas, upholstered in crushed velvet with roped fringe, collectively brought in $8,750
The treasures came from the 59-year-old media mogul’s homes in Hawaii, Indiana and California, with the auction taking place inside three tents on the polo grounds in Santa Barbara, Calif. All proceeds from the sale benefited Winfrey’s Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.
“I’ve been accumulating things since 1985,” Winfrey told Entertainment Tonight. “It’s just too much stuff. I talk about it a lot in [O] the magazine. We talk about decluttering. And I realized, I need to declutter my own life. It is very freeing. I am downsizing.”
Well, it is good to downsize every once in awhile and it is even better that Oprah did it all in the name of charity.