When Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher and her 11- year-old daughter Emerson decided to off-load their junk they didn't simply take it to a local tip or donate it to charity.
Instead the enterprising mother and daughter invited the public to their Los Angeles home for a sell-off, charging $50 for entry.
Would-be buyers were given cupcakes and coffee as they browsed among items including designer bags, unworn clothes and a pair of stylish boots signed by Teri's co-star Eva Longoria.
There were also old toys belonging to Emerson on offer.
I was up all night," the actress told People, who raised $20,000 for a selection of local children's and family charities with her effort.
"Once it was all set up I realized there were thousands of dollars worth of stuff out here and I couldn't sleep. I'd come and patrol."
Teri – who says it was so much fun she can't wait for the next one – has been in a charitable mood of late.
A few weeks ago she ran, cycled and swam in a gruelling triathlon, raising nearly $18,000 for her local children's hospital in the process.