While I would love to pretend we all end things with our exes on excellent terms, that would be a lie. A big, fat, bearded lie who happened to tell me he was “working all night” when, in fact, he was banging his ex-girlfriend.* But even though I fully understand the desire to get revenge on an ex who’s brought nothing but misery toward the end of your relationship, I do not think that throwing a ‘Divorce Yard Sale’ is the answer.
Apparently, this type of event happened recently, as one Instagram user documented along with the captions, “#fall #winter #yardsale #hotcocoa #hot #chocolate #divorce #sale #autumn #marriage #aftermath” — all of which seem a little beside the point besides “#aftermath.”
So, this event included one person (presumably a woman, given the “Hell hath no fury” sign) selling a bunch of another person’s belongings without the owner’s permission. The Stir had this to say on the topic:
Give this former spouse a round of applause, people. Not only is she (or he) getting rid of items that are probably of no use to them and tied to emotional baggage, but they’re doing it with flair! And instead of stewing away, they’re out there helping others. Passing on positiveenergy in the form of old clothes, useless wall art, DVDs maybe, and hot cocoa! What’s not to love!?
But seriously, there are a million ways to handle something as grueling as a divorce, and this has to be one of the most smirk-worthy and good-natured ways I’ve ever seen someone contend with what’s most definitely NOT an easy time.
While I love a good cup of cocoa, I’m not sure I agree with their take — I think selling someone else’s possessions, possibly ones of great value (emotional or monetary), is a cruel and unfulfilling way to get over somebody else.
Don’t get me wrong; I love a good “Hit ‘Em Up Style” belting sesh when I’m miserable about how awful one of my slimy, cheating, picked-me-up-for-Disneyland-with-hickeys-all-over exes was, but I would never have sold his stuff. Ever. It kind of just feels mean and unnecessary, if not legally reprehensible. The only times I can see this as a logical choice is if your ex (A) said it’s okay or (B) he/she was abusive, because then all notions of decency go out the window and if you opt to sell that entire f’ing record collection a la High Fidelity, I will back you up and make you the hot cocoa myself.
That said, if those are not applicable conditions, then perhaps trying to remove that person from your life altogether would be more beneficial to you both (obviously, this becomes more complicated in situations involving children and/or property). Get a counselor. Pick up a hobby. Start volunteering. Make cat GIF lists. Work for BuzzFeed. Just do something other than sell your ex’s stuff, please.
But I want to hear from you guys: Is it ever okay to sell all your ex’s stuff?
*As a side note, I am vaguely glad this happened because it enabled me to be happy, so…thanks, dude?