Oprah Winfrey’s yard sale was a huge success ...... When you love giving, you want to do it all the time, even if no one is paying you for it. At least that's how I felt about Oprah.
On Saturday, the 59- year- old star showed her generosity once again by offloading some of her own possessions and selling them for a good cause.
The business mogul hosted a massive “yard sale” at the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club and raised nearly $600,000. The auction consisted of the star’s personal collection of art, antiques, furniture and memorabilia from her homes in Indiana, Chicago, Hawaii, Santa Barbara and her “La Quinta” estate.
According to the newspaper, one lucky and wealthy bidder bought a set of six 18th century Louis XVI armchairs with hand-embroidered details which was the top selling item, with a bid of $60,000. Two canvas banners promoting the actress in The Color Purple had winning bids of $4,100 and $6,000, while a pair of crystal lamp bases (no shades) sold for $2,500. Items worth close to $100 were sold for near $1,000 . A teapot, which was worth less than $100 sold for $1,000, and the bids for a chair that a fan painted for Oprah which estimated at $100-$200, also rose to $1,000.
The proceeds from the yard sale will go to Winfrey’s school in South Africa, which is dedicated to helping graduates attend colleges and universities around the world.
Please let us practice the act of giving things away freely, not just things we don't care about, but things we find hard to part with. Remember, vanity is vanity all is vanity. It is not the size of a gift, it is its quality and the amount of emotional attachment we overcome that count. Help the less privileged so that you won’t regret it later, give small things, carefully, and observe the mental processes going along with the act of releasing those little things you liked. If you are a Christian, think of the Christ, who came not to be served by others but to serve them in joy, in peace, and in generosity. For these things, these are not mere words, but acts, which go all the way, right up to His last breath.