I’m a hoarder.
Not to the crazy extent of those on Hoarding: Buried Alive, but I hate throwing anything away.
That pair of jeans that’s a size too small? Hey, I might need those. For when, um, I drop those extra five pounds.
But it’s a new year, and I finally admitted to myself that I had to clean out my closet. No more unnecessary clutter.
(And I really want to know what the carpet on my floor looks like again.)
So I started the unpleasant task of pulling clothes and accessories (“Oh, here are those earrings I was looking for!”). I rifled through my jewelry box and came upon a drawstring bundle. Wondering why I hid this at the bottom, I opened the pouch.
Out tumbled a silver necklace, a pair of drop earrings, and a love charm from Tiffany & Co. An exquisite pair of white gold earrings, shaped like a plumeria, sparkled as it caught the light.
My breath caught. I gazed at these gems wistfully. Each one had a story, and I remembered the overwhelming surprise each gift gave me. They were symbolic of happier times with a former flame.
Of course, before that flame went out.
These are too beautiful to throw away, I mused. Picking up the silver necklace, I fastened it to my neck and peered into the mirror.
The pendant, usually lightweight, felt heavy on my chest. There was no doubt it was beautiful, but in my eyes, it was marred with bad memories.
So this is why I hid these, I realized as I took it off my neck. The longer I stared at each piece, the more I realized I did not want to keep them. Waves of nostalgia turned into painful reminders, which then (forgive me, please) shifted to thoughts of retribution.
The start of the year prompted me to cleanse myself of anything from my past no longer relevant to my life. I no longer had an interest in the contents of that pouch.
…Why not make a profit of it?
A friend directed me to an ingenious website, Ex Boyfriend Jewelry, whose tagline, “You don’t want it. He can’t have it back,” caused me to burst into laughter. Conceived and launched by mother/daughter duo Megahn and Marie Perry in February 2008, the site boasts an average of 30,000 to 40,000 views daily. There are currently 26,000 registered users and growing.The majority of users are women, but a healthy amount of men are registered to the site.
“A while back I was trying to figure out what to do with some ex jewelry myself. I had some lovely necklaces and a wedding set (oops, better luck next time). After a trip to a local pawn shop (ew), and a visit to the neighborhood consignment store (you get how much?), I went to dinner at my parent’s house and said to my step-mom, Marie, “I want a safe, reliable place to sell my ex-boyfriend jewelry.” She says to me, “There should be a website where you can do that and have a little fun while you’re at it.
You know what they say, “necessity breeds invention.” We realized that if we needed a place to unload ex-boyfriend jewelry, then other people might be in the same spot. We wanted to provide a fun, lightheaded platform…focused on just those little items left over. A place for women/men/people of all ages to meet, share their stories and get those tangible memories out the door and on to new owners who can enjoy them on a whole new level. “
Each ad (it costs $1.99 to post an ad) is broken down into sections to maximize the “salability” of an item. When a seller posts an item, they are asked the following:
The Scoop: This is where a seller gives the story behind the jewelry. Was it a bad break up? An amicable one? Does the seller want the item out because they just can’t bear to look at it, or is it simply time to move on and make a little extra cash in the process?
Jewelry rating: We ask the seller to rate the gift—loved it but can’t stand to see it anymore? Great gift, wrong guy? New boyfriend asking questions? It may no longer have a place in your life, but someone else may love it.
Condition: Sellers assess what sort of shape the item is in post break-up. This is a place to let someone know if a battery needs replacing, or if a clasp is broken.
Price: Sellers list their own price for their jewelry. Prices range anywhere from $5.00 to $4,000. If no price is listed, it’s assumed the seller is looking for the “best offer.”
I perused the website with amusement, comforted in knowing I was not the only one. Maybe I’ll give this website a try.
…But I think I’ll keep the plumeria earrings.
They really are too pretty to give away.
*This writer would like to state that there was no harm done in the making of this article. She would also like to note that if you think she is talking about you, she probably is(n’t).