Want to See How Fashion People Throw a Garage Sale in Manhattan?

(Photo by Lindsay Schallon/StyleBistro)

One of my most vivid memories about growing up in the middle-of-nowhere Midwestern suburbia is garage sale shopping. Every Friday night during the summer, my mom and I would cruise around local neighborhoods searching for signs and plotting out every house we'd hit up starting at 6 a.m. That way we could be in and out—with a trunk full of other people's junk, like first-generation Nintendo games, $3 Gap tees, and dilapidated golf clubs—by noon.

There's something strangely intriguing about seeing what randos stash in their house, no?

Anywho, when I moved to NYC—where the only garages are metered lots and open-air lifts in which cars are raised, elevator-style, into the sky—I figured that was the end of that. Oh, was I wrong.

Yesterday, Caitlin P. and I popped by Park Avenue Garage, a “pop-up” luxury garage sale that kicked-off with a cocktail-filled party to benefit The Couture Council, a group that supports FIT's museum of fashion. The location? Definitely not your run-of-the-mill storage space, rather Elizabeth Taylor's former three-story penthouse situated smack-dab in Midtown Manhattan. Ummm, right?

Here's a look at the winding staircase when you first walk in.

And the parlor room entry, where a bunch of luxe sofas, swanky pillows, and other fancy-looking home adornments were up for grabs:

The second floor had goodies like wallets; designer pieces from Douglas Hanant, JMendel, Prabal Gurung, and Bibhu Mohapatra; the occasional Fendi bag; heaps of Maybelline and Essie products; oh, and peplum-ruffle pants of the Kim Kardashian ilk.

Then, after passing by Samantha Ronson's DJ booth on a landing halfway between the second and third floors...

We arrived to a floor dedicated solely to accessories—bangles, cuffs, necklaces, rings, statement pieces, you name it.

If you happen to be in New York from now until Friday and want to shop for a good cause—charities include The Couture Council; ACRIA, the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America; and Partnership With Children, a program that provides counseling in under-privileged schools—or just want to step your feet where Elizabeth Taylor once did, swing by the Park Avenue Garage Sale at 10 West 56th Street. (Get more info on the hours, here.)

Happy hunting!