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What to do with all the stuff after a divorce in Ontario

A family lawyer will help you deal with the legal fall-out resulting from a break-up. A therapist will help you deal with the emotional issues. But what do you do with the stuff? The wedding dress? The engagement ring? This week, I thought I would give you some helpful hints for what to do with those once-loved items after a divorce in Ontario.

Never Liked It Anyway” is a website devoted to…you guessed it….stuff you never liked that was gifted to you by an ex-partner. As the website says, it is a place where “once loved gifts from once loved partners get a second chance…” You can sell anything – and even post the sad tale that accompanies the item. Champagne glasses, snowboard pants, even a 1965 Mustang Fastback. The tag lines for the sale items are sure to make you laugh which, as you know, is the best medicine. A few entries I particularly liked include “If only the marriage was as awesome as this ring”, “Surprisingly nice earrings from a total cheapskate” or “Nearly flawless earrings from a flawful (is that a word) fiancé”.

My Craigslist Toronto” search turned up 92 engagement rings for sale and 338 wedding dresses. The site ExBoyfriend Jewelry brags: “You don’t want it. He can’t have it back.” And don’t let their name stop you, they are an equal opportunity website: ex-boyfriends, ex-girlfriwends, ex-husband, ex-wives….they are happy to help you sell the painful reminders of your relationship: “You set your own price.  You get it off your chest and out of your sight.  Just because you don’t want it, doesn’t mean somebody else isn’t dying for it.” “I Do, Now I Don’t” is another site where you can sell your engagement ring, or pick up jewellery at a fraction of the retail price. That is, if you are prepared to give your fiancée a ring with an unhappy story attached to it….

Lastly, all joking aside, is The Bride’s Project” where you can donate your wedding dress and other bridal items to fight cancer after your divorce in Ontario. The Bride’s Project takes the donated gowns and re-sells them for half of the retail price, and maxing out at $1,250. All of the profits are donated to cancer charities, including the Canadian Cancer Society, the Breast Cancer Foundation and Camp Quality.  The store is located on Broadview Avenue in Toronto. It is filled top to bottom with stunning wedding gowns which are barely worn and can be purchased for a fraction of their price new. Giving an old dress new life and helping kids with cancer in the process….what could be better? Check them out at www.thebrodesproject.com. You will be glad you did.

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