November 28, 2023

BEDFORD, NY — There is one last chance to haggle over the trinkets owned by Hudson Valley lifestyle guru Martha Stewart for a good cause.

Martha Stewart’s Great American Tag Sale is continuing at Mount Kisco’s Benefit Shop.

If you didn’t manage to get your hands on hard-to-get tickets to Stewart’s Great American Tag Sale last month, which was filmed for a special to air on ABC on May 25, there’s still hope.

“Over the years, I’ve collected thousands of wonderful things for my homes and my workplaces. Now I am ready to share a curated selection of items at my first ever Tag/Garage/Yard/Estate/Get-Rid-Of-It Sale,” Stewart said about last month’s sale. “You’ll find a magnificent assortment of ‘This and that’, including items of furniture, tableware, art, linens, clothing, plants, decorations, holiday, kitchen, and more. Please come, contribute, and buy. We want no leftovers.”

Those who attended included Stewart’s neighbors, high-profile interior decorators and celebrities, including Blake Lively (who also lives in Bedford with her husband Ryan Reynolds and family), Jimmy Fallon and Joy Behar. Kris Jenner’s assistant was reportedly there as well, communicating with her boss on FaceTime.

The proceeds, estimated by Liveauctioneers to be between $800,000 – $1 million, from April’s sale went towards the Martha Stewart Center for Living at NYC’s Mount Sinai. Stewart was inspired by her mother, Martha Kostyra, who lived to the ripe old age of 93, to found the center on the Upper East Side to create an innovative model of comprehensive care for older adults.

Pam Stone, the founder and owner of The Benefit Shop Foundation, Inc. in Mount Kisco, was also at the sale. Her foundation produces auctions of items donated and consigned to the gallery, with profits given to local charities.

Pam Stone and Martha Stewart started chatting that day and concocted a June 15 auction to be hosted by The Benefit Shop, featuring art, furniture and more of Stewart’s personal possessions from her various estates, with proceeds again benefitting the Martha Stewart Center for Living.

“I came here to shop the tag sale and was thrilled to be able to assist Martha in extending the fundraising reach of her tag sale by expanding it into an auction,” Stone said, according to LiveAuctioneers. “We share a passion for philanthropy, and Martha told me that she was delighted that I could take her items and give them a global audience in our online auction.”

You can check out the first of the seven truckloads of treasures to go online and keep checking back for more antiques, furniture, artwork, carpets, kitchenware, clothing and more here.

The first part of the collection to come to the gallery from Martha Stewart’s Skyland estate in Maine will be a grouping of vintage and antique posters that originally belonged to the preceding owner of the Skyland Estate, Ford Motors executive, Edsel Ford (1893-1943). Part of this collection was moved to Stewart’s Katonah estate and was displayed prior to the auction.

Further details about the June 15 auction will be revealed in the next few weeks.

The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc. auction gallery is located at 185 Kisco Ave., Suite 201 in Mount Kisco. More information about the foundation can be found on their website or by calling 914-864-0707. Their upcoming and past auction catalogs can be found on LiveAuctioneers.


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