Tuesday, March 27, 2012

NEWS: Paula Abdul Kicks Off Spring Cleaning on eBay

The season has barely sprung, but Paula Abdul is getting started on spring cleaning.

The former American Idol judge is selling some 1,500 items from her personal wardrobe through Linda’s Stuff Inc., an online consignment company that sells goods on eBay and other sites.

Weeklong auctions of Ms. Abdul’s shoes, apparel and accessories begin today.

The sale is Ms. Abdul’s second round of closet-clearing via Linda’s Stuff, which hosted a sale for her this past December. Some of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to PAWS and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Linda Lightman started her business in 2001 when she sold some of her children’s videogames on eBay. The Philadelphia-based company now lists about 100,000 items on eBay and has 85 employees. Items for sale run the gamut from Herm├Ęs Kelly bags to Juicy Couture sweatpants.

Ms. Lightman says the bad economy has helped the company grow as people look for ways to bring in extra cash and consumers seek out deals on luxury goods.

Notable items from Ms. Abdul’s sale include a pair of golden gladiator sandals by Alexander McQueen, which Ms. Lightman says originally sold for about $1,500. This pair bears Ms. Abdul’s autograph, and will list at $399. Ms. Abdul is also selling a strapless black gown with a hot pink, flounced skirt by Alan Del Rosario starting at $449.

But don’t expect prices to be marked up because of their famous provenance. The majority of Ms. Abdul’s castoffs will start at prices between $19 and $49, and offers a glimpse of the breadth of the star’s (presumably) quotidian attire.

A yellow-and-gray knit tube top from Miss Sixty ($19) or a sapphire blue, fake leather jacket from Bebe ($29) could appeal to teenaged tastes and budgets. A white Vivienne Westwood blazer is appropriate for office and evening—and looks like a steal at $29.

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