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Recently, our founder hosted her very own tag sale that featured hundreds of rare items from her personal collection, including full sets of china, jadeite, antique cabinets, wicker furniture, and more. Everyone from collectors to friends and Martha's fans purchased tickets to the event, which took place in April on the lifestyle mogul's farm in Katonah, New York. Proceeds from the sale were donated to Mount Sinai's Martha Stewart Center for Living.
Among the tag sale-goers were Blake Lively and Kris Jenner, who both vied for a piece of Martha's famous jadeite collection. The milky-green glassware dates back to the mid-20th century—it was used for food storage—and our founder has been a notable collector of the material for decades. Martha told People that her collection of the vintage glassware was the envy of the sale. "Different people bought it, but it was pretty evenly distributed between Blake Lively and Kris Jenner. They loved it. They wanted every piece," she says.
While our founder didn't allow haggling at the event, she encouraged friendly competition, of which there was plenty when it came to the jadeite pieces. Martha says Jenner even flew one of her assistants into the tag sale to score one of the rare jadeite items. "Those are hard to part with because collecting all those rare pieces of McCoy, it took years. And I had my East Hampton house for more than 30 years and that house was filled with McCoy," Martha told People.
Our founder's daughter, Alexis, is also a long-time jadeite collector. She made sure to call Martha leading up to the tag sale to confirm that her pieces wouldn't be sold at the event. "She called me before the tag sale and said, 'You're not selling my fire king, are you?' And I said, 'No, that's in Maine,'" the multi-hyphenate recounted.
In addition to her jadeite collection being difficult to part with, there were a few other items that Martha was sad to see go. "My beautiful green garden cart, I'll miss that. I had two of them and they sold both. They were only supposed to sell one, but somehow both of them got into the sale," she told People. "And I didn't notice because they were outside of the tent." Our founder went on to say that she didn't know how much the carts sold for, but noted that she was sure it wasn't enough.
The sale featured a range of items offered at various price-points. Smaller knickknacks sold for as low as $10 while other items went for thousands. The most expensive at the sale was a full-sized kitchen that was priced at $26,000. "It was a Martha-designed kitchen—all the cabinets and the counters and the sink. That was a very nice item," she says. In addition to the kitchen, she also sold a few vintage French posters from anywhere between $7,000 to $20,000.
In total, the sale raised over $800,000 for Martha's charity, which she considers a success. "They deserve a public display of support and money as do many, many organizations like that," she says of healthcare workers. Although our founder isn't planning on hosting another tag sale for quite some time, she hopes other celebrities follow in her footsteps. "The people love the art of discovery and the art of the find and it's exciting. And everybody, old, young, whatever, they like the excitement of a tag sale because it's first come first serve," she told the outlet.
To get a bigger glimpse into the pieces and people at the event, tune into The Great American Tag Sale with Martha Stewart, which airs on May 25 at 8 p.m. eastern time on ABC.