what i can live without

The Strategist’s First-Ever Celebrity Auction

Including Hari Nef’s gown, Leon Bridges’s shades, and Pepa’s “Push It” snowboard.

Photo-Illustration: Ellen Petersen; Photographs: see below
Photo-Illustration: Ellen Petersen; Photographs: see below

This project does not imply that NAACP_LDF endorses the Strategist or eBay.

For years, we’ve asked famous people to talk about the mundane things they buy over and over again: their favorite thickening hair spray, say, or high-octane electric toothbrush. This month, eBay, in partnership with the Strategist, decided to host an auction that turns this premise around. We went back to some of our favorite celebrity shoppers to ask them about things they can live without and that they’d be willing to sell at auction for charity, with all proceeds going to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (eBay is receiving and donating all proceeds and matching every dollar the auction earns). Our group of donors is not donating anything humdrum, though — every object (from a Betsey Johnson wedding dress to Pepa’s “Push It”–themed snowboard) is quite rare. Below, all of the lots you can bid on in the What I Can Live Without auction, which ends on August 19. (Click the link below each item to find out more about it.)