THEY DIDN'T JUST TALK SHOP, HONEY, they shopped. At the May 17 gala that launched the third Seventh on Sale benefit in Manhattan, about 800 bargain-hunting celebs, models, designers and savvy civilians pawed the racks. Named for Seventh Avenue, symbolic center of the fashion biz, the four-day event raised $5 million for AIDS charities by selling top-name designer duds and home furnishings wholesale or below. Penny-pinchers, including actress Debi Mazar ("I'm into little tchotchkes"), Jennifer Aniston
of Friends ("I bought a DKNY vest") and Claudia Schiffer, stuffed their finds into clear plastic garbage bags handed out at the door of the 26th Street Regiment Armory. After purchasing an Oscar de la Renta hand-beaded black sweater at one of the gala's more than 50 mini-boutiques, Fran Drescher exclaimed, "Look at the work on this! It sells for $5,000, and I got it for $400!" Nearby, Molly Ringwald stocked up on designer stockings. "They're just $5 a pair!" she marveled. Later, Drescher set her sights on bigger things. "If anybody's got John Travolta in their booth," she said, "I'll buy him too!"