updated 09/27/2009 AT 6:00 PM ET
•originally published 09/27/2009 AT 7:00 PM ET
Is Teri Hatcher’s junk another woman’s treasure?
On Saturday, the Desperate Housewives star hosted her first garage sale at her home in Studio City, raising some $20,000 for a selection of Los Angeles charities.
Invited guests paid $50 to enter and browse through items including Coach purses, Disney hotel packages and boots signed by her Housewives costar Eva Longoria Parker.
Okay, so it was a Hollywood garage sale.
“It has been a very successful, fun day,” Hatcher tells PEOPLE
On sale were never-worn clothes as well as toys and other items once belonging to her daughter Emerson, whom she credits with the idea to have a garage sale in the first place: About six months ago, Hatcher was cleaning out her closet when her daughter said, “Let’s have a garage sale!”
After figuring out how to make the event secure, Hatcher decided to give it a try. “I was up all night,” she says. “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.”
The doors opened at 8 a.m. and despite the September heat, plenty of guests showed up, including Camryn Manheim and Glee’s Jane Lynch. Customers were treated to food and drinks from Buttercream Cupcakes & Coffee, flown in from Coral Gables, Fla.
Proceeds will go to Aviva Family and Children’s Services, Westside Food Bank and Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families.
“You get motivated by the giving,” says Hatcher. “I can t wait for the next one!”
Desperate Housewives premieres at 9 p.m. Sunday on ABC.