NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.—Julie Spira watched with vested interest as a woman examined Ms. Spira’s purse in the chandeliered ballroom of a luxury resort.
“That’s my Chanel vintage jumbo clasp, in camel,” whispered Ms. Spira, a 54-year-old brunette, as she observed the younger blond from the across the room. “It’s a classic.”
Ms. Spira was hoping to sell off the trappings of her life as a married Los Angeles socialite in The Divorcée Sale—a new market springing up these days in the ballrooms of upscale hotels in Southern California. Ms. Spira, a former radio and Internet executive, is among a new generation of divorcees looking to move on with her life with proceeds from the sale of surplus Chanel bags, Diane Von Furstenberg gowns and jewelry.
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