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The Strategist and eBay Team Up for a New Commerce Series, What I Can Live Without

Photo-Illustration: Ellen Petersen

The Strategist, New York Magazine’s online shopping site, and eBay, one of the world’s largest and most vibrant marketplaces, have teamed up to launch The Strategist x eBay: What I Can Live Without, a series of charity auctions where personalities and tastemakers will give up some of their favorite things, with all proceeds going to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc. (LDF). The new charity campaign is a twist on the Strategist’s popular interview series What I Can’t Live Without, which lets readers see what notable celebrities, tastemakers and personalities add to their online shopping carts on a regular basis, leveraging the power of both platforms for people who want to shop with a purpose.

Supporting Our Communities: What I Can Live Without x eBay

All proceeds of these auctions will benefit the LDF, which fights for racial justice through litigation, advocacy, and public education. Building on its efforts to support organizations taking action against systemic racism and injustice, eBay will match every dollar the auctions earn.

Together with 20 What I Can Live Without partners — Leon Bridges, Phoebe Bridgers, Tommy Chong, Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carrabba, Sandra “Pepa” Denton, Roxane Gay, Nicky Hilton, Cheryl “Salt” James, Erika Jayne, Betsey Johnson, Joji, Hari Nef, Todd Oldham, Suze Orman, Thakoon Panichgul, Julius Randle, Denise Richards, Debby Ryan, Saweetie, and Catherine Zeta-Jones — readers can discover what celebrities can live without for a cause here and bid on through August 19.

Special auctions include: 

Hari Nef’s Gucci gown she wore to the 2017 LACMA Art + Film Gala (starting bid $250)

A never-produced Betsey Johnson wedding dress designed by Johnson (starting bid $50)

A limited-edition, signed Salt-N-Pepa snowboard donated by Sandra “Pepa” Denton (starting price $1)

A pair of 22-karat gold sunglasses co-designed by Leon Bridges (starting price $95).

(Each auction runs for ten days.) 

“For years, the Strategist and its readers have loved to learn about the everyday things that famous people can’t live without,” says Strategist editor Alexis Swerdloff. “This year, to support a timely and important cause, we decided to flip the script and ask some of our favorite celebrities about the not-so-everyday things they can live without and would be willing to auction off for charity. We teamed up with eBay to create a special auction event, which features prized possessions from a mix of Oscar (and Emmy and Grammy and Tony) winners, athletes, fashion designers, and more, with all proceeds going to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc. (LDF) — and eBay is matching every dollar earned.”

“At a time when many people are spending more time at home and shopping more online, The Strategist x eBay: What I Can Live Without provides the escapist fun of discovering items that celebrities are willing to part with for a significant cause,” says Sam Bright, vice-president, general manager of verticals, eBay North America. “At eBay, we’re proud to connect a vibrant community of buyers and sellers who are passionate about shopping with purpose.”

To discover what celebrities can live without for a cause, visit here and shop for good at now through August 19.

Photographs from collage: Broadimage/Shutterstock (Nicky Hilton); BravoMedia (Denise Richards); Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for God’s Love We Deliver (Leon Bridges); Al Pereira/Getty Images/Michael Ochs Archives (Salt-N-Pepa); FilmMagic/FilmMagic (Phoebe Bridgers); Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic (Hari Nef); Chris Weeks/Getty Images (Catherine Zeta-Jones); Gary Gershoff/Getty Images (Thakoon Panichgul); Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images (Saweetie); Leon Bennett/WireImage/Getty (Roxane Gay); Ben Gabbe/Getty Images (Todd Oldham); Jean Baptiste Lacroix/Getty Images (Debby Ryan); Matchfire (products); Courtesy of subjects (remaining)

The Strategist and eBay Team Up for What I Can Live Without