When the idea for Never Liked It Anyway -- a place to sell all the stuff you're left with when a relationship ends -- first struck, it was not much more than a funny, passing thought. Then, when I gave it a bit more airtime, I realized that there must be other people wanting to offload their breakup baggage as much as I did.
Initially, I took the liberty of assuming that people would want to buy the sorts of things that I was ready to part ways with, like tickets to upcoming concerts I'd lost interest in, artwork I'd bought with my ex, jewelry I suddenly felt funny about wearing and the croquet set I never understood how I got saddled with. I also thought that, like me, people would jump to offload things that, though perfectly nice, they no longer had any use for. What I didn't realize was that people would want to sell big ticket items like cars, or such personal possessions, like wedding dresses. In the year since the site's been alive and kicking, I've been surprised, fascinated and entertained by the items people are purging. I took a moment to compile a list of the five most fabulous and frightful items that some of our breakup-ees are selling.
At first glance, this seems like an unlikely combination. One of our seller's girlfriends had left her Facebook page open on his Mac Air -- the very one she'd given him for Christmas. As he went to logout, he noticed a pop-up message from a suave stranger thanking her for a wild night. Needless to say, the relationship ended swiftly. The Mac Air that she'd bought him suddenly seemed both tainted and worthless, as did the engagement ring he'd been keeping in a shoe box for three months. Clearly there was no better idea than to sell both the Apple laptop and the diamond at the same time. <strong>Real World Price</strong>: $4300 <strong>Breakup Price</strong>: $2200
It's the most romantic of notions -- hopping on a pair of hot wheels with your hot beau and riding off into the sunset. Except it didn't really pan out that way. This seller had fallen head over heels, bought a bike to match her new lover's and suddenly realized that the bike and the relationship were not quite right for her. There's a time and a place for everything, including boys on bikes, it seems. <strong>Real World Price</strong>: $4800 <strong>Breakup Price</strong>: $2500
Breakup collateral comes in all shapes and sizes, especially if there's a wedding involved. One of our sellers waved goodbye to not only her wedding dress, headpiece and shoes, but also to a flower girl dress, insisting that its wearer was "as big a brat as her father." Of all the things you no longer have use for, a flower girl dress for a five year old must be at the top of the list. <strong>Real World Price</strong>: $250 <strong>Breakup Price</strong>: $100
There's nothing like a romantic getaway to the Hudson. Unless of course, you've broken up. In which case it's not just useless, it's also quite tarnished. Even if you could find a friend to come with you at the last minute, the whole experience is soured and frankly, quite depressing. I'm assuming our seller felt the same when she sold this package, including transportation, for the getaway. <strong>Real World Price</strong>: $10,000 <strong>Breakup Price</strong>: $6,000
Yes, you read that right. We had a special someone trying to sell a pillow that was given to her ex-boyfriend by his dead Aunt. The story goes something like this: Her boyfriend grew distant and would cry into this pillow each and every night. One night she came home and found him with another woman. Apparently they were using the pillow for -- and I quote -- "whoopee." The seller asked for $20.12 for the pillow, for a new start in 2012. Genius. <strong>Real World Price</strong>: Unspecified <strong>Breakup Price</strong>: $20.12
Offloading your breakup baggage literally as well as figuratively can be very liberating. For some of our sellers, it's cathartic enough to just list the item and tell the story behind it. Not surprisingly, it's the stories we all connect to. Even if you can't relate to the item itself, you can always get lost in the tale of what happened. My favorite stories are the ones where our sellers tell us what they bought for themselves with the money they made. After all, there's nothing quite like being blinded by a big, fat silver lining.