Most people have a garage sale to free up room and to get rid of things that they are not using. Making a little money on the side is just a bonus benefit. However, having a garage sale can also be a cathartic experience. In the case of the loss of a loved one or selling items once your children move out, it can be a process of letting go of the old in order to make room for the new. In the case of a divorce, it can be especially freeing as one woman attests. USA Today reports on a woman who torched her wedding dress and sold items that reminded her of a failed marriage at a garage sale.

Briana Barksdale of Spring, Texas isn’t subscribing to the old adage of “time heals all wounds.” Not when it comes to her divorce.

She believes all she needed was a garage sale, her wedding dress, some lighter fluid, and a match.

When her divorce became final on January 31st, Barksdale decided the best way to celebrate was to have a garage sale party to get rid of the things that reminded her of the failed union.

At the sale, she offloaded some items for just $.50. One person scored a computer for just $30. Many of the items the 34-year-old mother of two was selling were gone within a matter of minutes.

Also on sale were dishes, clothing, exercise equipment, and furniture. For the culmination, Barksdale torched her wedding dress. But not until after people wrote messages on the dress.

About the divorce and its financial cost, Barksdale said: “Single ramen is better than married filet mignon.”

 

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