One of my favorite items of clothing is a sweatshirt that belonged to an ex-boyfriend. After we broke up, I retained custody of the sweatshirt by conveniently “forgetting” to give it back to him. There’s nothing sentimental or special about the sweatshirt other than how perfectly broken in it is after so many years of wear–it’s the best for bumming around the house in pajamas. 5 years and a marriage to someone else later, I’m still wearing it.
Aside from rarities like this, when a relationship ends, we usually just want to purge ourselves of the evidence: love notes (burn ‘em), sappy mix CDs (Frisbee toss), and other memorabilia (get out the black plastic garbage bags). But if your ex was a big spender, don’t throw out the jewelry and lavish gifts. Join up with others scorned by love and sell your stuff at Ex-boyfriend Jewelry and Never Liked It Anyway.
On the buying end, if you’re not superstitious, you can find some good deals on “breakup price” items, from jewelry to purses and even unworn wedding dresses.
My sweatshirt has no material value, so I’m sticking with it. My husband still wears a favorite t-shirt from an ex, so I figure we’re even.