Divorcee sales help women begin new life

NEW YORK (WCBS/CNN) - Women from around the nation joined together in New York for a special sale where divorced woman turned pain into profit.

The ladies at The Divorcee Sale say it's about divorcing your past and moving on with your future - a new beginning for everyone.

Karen Todman had been married for 22 years before she turned to the sale for help.

"For me, it was like, I don't want to get rid of anything but I had no choice, I was moving from a larger home to a smaller place after my divorce and I didn't have the closet space," Todman said. "It was essential that I shed a lot of excess baggage so to speak."

Jill Alexander, who sells high-end baggage on consignment, helps rid divorcees of their excess baggage by going to their homes to clean out their closets and help them get a fresh start on a new life.

"You know some women need to sell their clothes for financial reasons, some for emotional, it's all different," Alexander said.

At The Divorcee Sale, shoppers can find designer names like Gucci, Chanel and Cartier at 30 to 70 percent off the retail price.

Prices range from $7,500 for a diamond and gold bracelet to about $30 for costume jewelry.

While it's called the divorcee sale, it has expanded to include single and married ladies who are ready to sell their stuff.

Profits from the sale are divided. Forty-five percent of the profits go back to The Divorcee Sale and 30 percent to the woman who put the products up for consignment. The remainder of the profit is then donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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