Forget sample sales—the latest way to acquire cut-price designer goods, at least in Southern California, is through divorcée sales.
Apparently, wealthy, formerly married California women are sloughing off their DVF wrap dresses and designer shoes through private sales held ‘in the ballrooms of upscale hotels.’
Organiser Jill Alexander told us that her sales give newly divorced women a chance to break with the past, downsize and trade baggage for cash as they embark on their single lives. The process of preparing a sale sounds like it verges on the therapeutic: ‘On a typical day, Ms Alexander shows up at the mansion of a stranger, bringing cupcakes, tissues and a shoulder to cry on. “It’s very intimate,” she said, “and it can get emotional.”’ Hmmmm…sounds like an interesting job..maybe even more interesting than sales in IT or fashion blogging;)
For Julie Spira, a divorced former radio and Internet executive who shifted her designer goods at a recent event, the sales offer hope of a recalibration. ‘I had a very glamorous lifestyle. I had to look a certain way,’ she said. She decided to sell 60 gowns, a Chanel bag and a diamond baguette necklace before selling the 4,800-square-foot home she shared with her husband. ‘It’s time for a more realistic lifestyle, I have 60 gowns and who needs 60 gowns?’ Spira said. ‘It’s a good feeling to let go.’
Well, Julie: we are happy to help you with that!