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Kirstie Alley Estate Sale Draws Crowds, Sells Items Starting at $1

A Florida antiques dealer got more than she bargained for after showing up at an anonymous estate sale earlier this week — only to find herself in line with hundreds of fans of the late Kirstie Alley.

Sophie Schiff, who lives in the Tampa Bay area, went to the Clearwater event after receiving a last-minute tip from her wise sister — not expecting to brush with fame.

Alley died at age 71, in December 2022.

Hundreds of people queued outside the venue which lasted up to 40 minutes. mom and paparazzi/MEGA for NY Post

“Two years ago, my sister and I started a small business called Irving Road as a fun part-time business. We do antique and vintage thrift shopping, mainly interior decoration. My sister lives in Colorado and I live in Tampa. And on Tuesday, she sent me a link and said, ‘You need to go to this estate sale,'” Schiff told People.

When Schiff arrived at 9 a.m. on a Tuesday to find “panicked people” in a 35- to 40-minute line outside a warehouse, she knew something was up.

“People in that little area of ​​Clearwater knew it was his business. “I heard her name and recognized her when I looked her up, but I wasn’t a ‘fan,’ so I was surprised to learn it was her stuff,” she said. -she declared.

“They didn’t have it at her house because it sold about a year ago. The way they set it up, it had all of his clothes and shoes in one place. His garden stuff and animal cages were outside. She had these huge lemur and bird cages, and it was all pretty cool to see. Then they had a whole kitchen section and it was really pretty,” Schiff said.

Unfortunately, fierce competition and tight security measures kept her from getting close to many of the items she hoped to recover.

Competition was fierce for Alley’s former holdings, many of which were offered at reasonable prices. mom and paparazzi/MEGA for NY Post
Many attendees appeared to have discovered in advance that the sale was taking place to get rid of the former “Veronica’s Closet” star’s belongings. mom and paparazzi/MEGA for NY Post
Two fans pose with items found during the lively sale. mom and paparazzi/MEGA for NY Post

“There were people inside, it was very difficult to move around. And by the time I left, the line was just as long. They had crazy security. They only left one at the exit, which is why it took a while. And there are no shopping carts, so it’s crazy trying to keep everything, especially fragile things,” she said.

“I went almost right when it opened and some things were gone in two seconds. She had a collection of Staffordshire dogs, these little dog figurines. She had about 10 or more. A couple came and collected each of them within the first few minutes. People took to the works of art very quickly.

There was at least one obvious reason for the frenzy, she explained: Many items were very reasonably priced, given Alley’s celebrity, with some pieces starting at as little as $1.

Everything from jewelry to china sets seemed reasonably priced. ZUMAPRESS.com
A lobster sculpture awaits a buyer at the Kirstie Alley estate sale earlier this week. mom and paparazzi/MEGA for NY Post
A large set of Positano ceramics went on sale for $1,800. A piece of handcrafted dinnerware can cost hundreds of dollars. mom and paparazzi/MEGA for NY Post

“She had a really nice bar cart that cost $1,500, which obviously seems like a lot for a small bar cart, but someone said it was Chanel, so what’s that for? It was a good price when online it was $5,000,” Schiff said.

Still, she noted, $18,000 for the dress Alley wore in her iconic Jenny Craig ad seemed a bit pricey, even for collectors.

“With a lot of clothes, they had pictures of her wearing the items next to the room. So some were from TV shows, red carpet events, stuff like that. It’s the same with the larger pieces in her house: they had pictures of them as they were decorated in her house, so you could see what items she used and how she used them,” she declared.

Customers smile for the camera at the crowded Alley estate sale Tuesday. mom and paparazzi/MEGA for NY Post
Shopping for clothes at Estate Sale Alley. mom and paparazzi/MEGA for NY Post
An art lover evaluates a painting at the Kirstie Alley estate sale. mom and paparazzi/MEGA for NY Post
Fans seemed determined to walk away with at least one moment of the late star, one observer noted. mom and paparazzi/MEGA for NY Post

According to Schiff, many people at the sale were loyal fans determined to “walk away with something, just because it was his.”

“Some people only had one pot or one knife,” she said.

“Another thing I saw was they had her boxes that said ‘Kirstie Porcelain Services’ or ‘Kirstie Kitchen’ when they moved her stuff. And people were grabbing them to take them.

Schiff shared scenes from the busy sale on TikTok. The video went viral, racking up over 600,000 views and sparking many insightful comments about the actress and her life.

“A lot of people in the comments were debating his personal life and his life decisions and what they agreed with or disagreed with,” Schiff said.

“I was like, ‘Honestly, it’s cool that it’s a celebrity thing, but I was mainly there for the pretty setting.’ »

Schiff eventually left with “a few pieces of Fenton glass, a few simple plates, various kitchen utensils. The most I spent on a single piece was $45. She had some very pretty things.

New York Post

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