Ovation: Oprah Winfrey’s Yard Sale.
I will never hold another yard sale. Never. I’ve tried to turn unwanted items into extra spending money by holding these sales but find them to be an extraordinary amount of work with very little reward. Instead, I find that I prefer to give these things away or donate them to a charity such as Goodwill Industries. So, instead of setting things aside for an eventual yard sale, I make periodic trips to the local drop off point.
Of course, if I was a billionaire, I needed to de-clutter my mansions and raise money for my leadership academy in South Africa, I might auction off a few things. Oprah Winfrey did just that yesterday in Santa Barbara, California, when she auctioned off items (furniture, keepsakes, autographs, electric bicycles, light fixtures, workout equipment, art, home furnishings) from some of her homes including residences in Indiana, Hawaii, Santa Barbara and Chicago. Most all of Oprah’s fans could find something at the sale.
“What’s nice about this collection is that there are items for the person who wants to buy something for $100 or $200 and there are items you can spend $20,000 to $50,000 for. There is quite a variety of items here. That was the whole idea of what she wanted. That was the idea of this yard sale – it’s quite a yard sale.” – Frank Kaminski, President and CEO of Kaminski Auctions.
The first item for sale was a poster from The Color Purple that Winfrey had proudly displayed in her office for a long time. The starting bid was $2,000 and Oprah was blown away by the price. When the poster eventually sold for $4,000 Oprah was shocked and thought fans were paying too much for her old stuff!
All of the proceeds of her auction and yard sale will go to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation College Fund.
It’s certainly not fair to compare Oprah’s yard sale to any sale that I might host in my front yard, but I’m quite certain that it I might consider another sale if I could afford to hire an auction house to do all the work.
On second thought, no … I will never hold another yard sale. Will you?
Like this post? Follow the blog and get involved in discussions! Find “Follow via Email” on the right side of the page and click “Follow.” Buttons for Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook are there, too!