eBay has teamed up with O, The Oprah Magazine to offer shoppers everywhere a once-in-a-lifetime chance to own a piece of pop culture history. Beginning March 1, eBay is releasing more than 200 items of clothing, shoes and accessories, straight from Oprah's spring clean out of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” closet (eBay.com/oprah-closet) giving fans everywhere a chance to step into her shoes.
“Spring is a time of transformation… over time and with the new season, your taste tends to change,” said Winfrey. “My taste has evolved from intense color, embellishments and heels to flats and a more subdued color palette. What I’m giving away will be put to good use by someone else.”
All proceeds of the charity auction, which features high-end designer items that Oprah wore on covers of O, The Oprah Magazine and during marquee episodes of “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” will benefit The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation. The Foundation supports The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa and the development of a new generation of women leaders, striving to provide a nurturing educational environment for academically gifted girls who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. eBay for Charity makes it easy for people to support important causes they care about by enabling sellers to donate a portion of their sales, and buyers to shop while supporting their favorite charities.
Through March 10, shoppers will be able to browse and bid on incredible designer items – some never worn before – including clothing, shoes and handbags by Alexander McQueen, Badgley Mischka, Chanel, Celine, Dolce and Gabbana, Manolo Blahnik, Oscar de la Renta and more. Fans will undoubtedly recognize some of the more iconic items from memorable Oprah moments, like the Stetson cowboy hat that she wore in 2009 during an episode of “Oprah and Gayle’s New Adventure: The Biggest State Fair in America.”
“This is a chance to buy a piece of television/media history while helping change young women’s lives,” said Adam Glassman, Creative Director of O, The Oprah Magazine. “Most of the items in the sale are timeless and classic; and the best part – they are all like new.”
Those inspired by Oprah to spring clean their own closets and make room for new can head to eBay to sell the items they no longer need and earn money to shop the new items they are coveting this spring. With eBay’s global community of 162 million active buyers, clothing, handbags and shoes are always bestsellers – especially items that are new or like new (a pair of shoes sells every two seconds, while women’s accessories sell every three seconds). And with eBay Valet – the professional selling service that handles everything from estimating the price, to taking pictures, listing the item and safely shipping it to a new buyer – selling on eBay has never been easier.
“We are partnering with O, The Oprah Magazine to raise money for a good cause and show that eBay is the best way to sell the things you no longer need,” said Vincent Payen, Head of Consumer Selling at eBay. “You can list directly on eBay.com, use our mobile app or take advantage of eBay Valet – our professional selling service where everything is done for you.”
To shop Oprah’s charity auction, head to eBay.com/oprah-closet through March 10. New items will be added every day through March 4.