Busy Philipps Wants You (And Your Ex) to Throw a Divorce Sale

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When Busy Philipps and her family spontaneously uprooted their lives in Los Angeles and moved to New York City in September 2020, the actor didn’t anticipate an even bigger shakeup on the horizon. After nearly 15 years of marriage, Philipps and her now-ex-husband Marc Silverstein decided to part ways in 2021. But the terms of the split don’t appear to be contentious. In fact, Philipps and Silverstein are hosting a garage sale together in partnership with Cure Thrift on February 10 and 11 in New York City. “Bless Gwyneth Paltrow and all that shit she took with the ‘conscious uncoupling,’” Philipps tells Vogue. “God bless her for paving the way to [recognize] there’s actually different ways of doing things, and you don’t have to feed into this patriarchal idea of what a divorce and separation is.”

Philipps is sifting through boxes upon boxes of old clothes that have been gathering dust in a Connecticut storage unit for the last three years. As she tries to tell me more about the sale over the phone, she cuts herself off: “Sorry, my ex husband, is holding up ridiculous things,” she says with a laugh. Silverstein is sorting along with her, and over the course of our chat she regularly includes him in the conversation. “Marc has a gorgeous vintage [Ralph Lauren] suit that he’s selling, and Dries [Van Noten], and—what else, Marc? Oh, tons of vintage T-shirts. What else? What other suits are there, Marc?”

In addition to Silverstein’s suit collection, Philipps is selling her own pieces from Chanel, Celine, Isabel Marant, Rachel Comey, Ulla Johnson, Escada, Valentino, Opening Ceremony, Reformation, and beyond; as well as furniture, pottery and kids’ clothes. She also tapped her good friend Michelle Williams for donations, and other family and friends. “We’re calling it a garage sale because it is legitimately a garage sale. There’s everything,” she says.

Philipps and Silverstein sort through their belongings.

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Jose Reber

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