"This is such madness," said Emmy Rossum of "Shameless." "You would think they were giving the bags away for free."
Also among those surveying the merchandise were Sophia Bush, Calista Flockhart, Shiva Rose, Kaley Cuoco, Lisa Rinna, Perrey Reeves, Abigail Spencer and Melissa Rivers, plus event organizers George Kotsiopoulos of "Fashion Police," Elizabeth Stewart, Diane Vavra, Maria Bell, Julia Sorkin, Jen Rade, Kelly Fisher Katz, Allison Olesky, Marilyn Heston, Carla Sands and Jill Chayet. With more than 200 guests shopping, sipping champagne and dining on paper-bag lunches, the day's tally topped $150,000.
Celebrity poker benefit
In the event that the apocalypse were to have transpired during the May 21 "Playing for Good" celebrity poker tournament at Hank Azaria's Bel-Air home, the actor well-known for his voices on "The Simpsons" had a solution.
"The world is going to end at 3 o'clock today, 6:00 p.m. New York time, so I think whoever is chip leader at that point wins," he announced to the 200 players, who also included Ben Affleck, Brad Garrett, Jon Hamm, Don Cheadle, Richard Kind, Kevin Pollak, Jason Alexander and Nigel Lythgoe. "We'll sort out the prizes in heaven or hell."
"There was a little tremor last night, and I was just a little worried," confessed Alexander, who had earlier tweeted, "Surely God wouldn't strike down charity poker players."
And when the tournament ended without incident past 9 p.m., two organizations split $220,000. Funds went to the Geffen Playhouse for its education and outreach programs and to Determined to Succeed, which mentors and tutors youngsters "who want to learn, but without help would fall through the cracks," Azaria said.