“Real Housewives of New Jersey”: Welcome to the real world

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It’s a sad, sad day in New Jersey.

Teresa and Joe Giudice with their daughters, Gia, 9, and baby Audriana from the book "Skinny Italian."/Photo credit Hyperion Books

Sure, we all know the economy is in the toilet, and the state unemployment rate is hovering just below 10 percent. But now we have irrefutable proof that our sad state of affairs has actually penetrated *reality* television.

People reports that “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice and her husband, Juicy Joe, will have the contents of their “granite, marble and onyx” Towaco mansion auctioned off on Aug. 22 as part of the terms of their bankruptcy filing. And judging by the catalog, nothing – and I mean nothing – is exempt from the sale.

In fact, much of the contents shown in the video below – taken at least a year ago by a Bravo crew – are up for grabs. So if you’re willing to put your money where your mouth is (which includes a minimum $300 deposit just to get into the auction), then go for it.

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Naturally, this bit of news makes one wonder how Joe afforded to gift Teresa with a hunk of a yellow diamond ring for their 10th anniversary back in October. The chocolate-covered stunner, which also appears on Teresa’s right hand on the cover of her New York Times best-seller, “Skinny Italian,” made its first appearance in last night’s episode. Take a look:

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While it’s been obvious for a while – heck, let’s just say the entire length of the show, shall we? – that Teresa and Joe have lived in their own personal Wonderland, oblivious to budgets and a struggling economy, it’s sad that it has come to this.

It’s saddest of all for the four Giudice daughters – the oldest just 9 – who are probably going to be most adversely affected by their parents’ dire financial straits. I mean, imagine being that young and being given essentially everything you ever wanted – including a playroom full of toys, dolls, books, DVDs, a flat-screen television and a keyboard. Now imagine having all of that taken away from you.

(Yes, all of those things are being sold, as well as the ATV Gia received as a birthday present and assorted furniture from each of the girls’ bedrooms… including baby Audriana’s crib, changing table, rocker and hope chest.)

I know I’d be crying if I were them.

I don’t know what will happen if many of these items fail to sell. And I wonder what Teresa and family will be sleeping on if their manse is completely divested of all furniture (some of which was famously documented during Teresa’s cash-busting trip to Unique Furniture in Green Brook during the first season).

For a partial list of items available at the auction – along with photographs – go here.

And in the meantime, thank your lucky stars that you’re not them.


  1. Anonymous said,

    August 19, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Teresa has extremely ugly children

  2. August 10, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    […] 20. That, by the way, is just two days before the Giudices’ possessions are scheduled to be auctioned off in an attempt to pay off bankruptcy […]

  3. July 30, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    […] curious choice, considering the Giudices are fighting their bankruptcy trustee’s decision to auction off the contents of their Towaco mansion.)  But best of all is this *original* poem Joe recites to […]

  4. avagacser said,

    July 28, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Thanks, Tongela!!

  5. Simply T~ said,

    July 28, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    This is really sad. I feel bad for them. Thanks for keeping us informed, Ava! Love your blog!

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