Here's how business owner Penny Quick got some use out of her ex's accumulated crap.
Let's face it. When anyone embarks on romantic relationships, they're leaving themselves open to receiving a lot of junk. At the time it might have sentimental value--like X is trying to share their passionate interests with Y. In the flush of love, many go along with the flow.
But when the passion has fizzled and the relationship has gone by way of the dodo, that accumulated junk can just get annoying. Penny knows this. It was sitting around her place, but she has no real use for any of it in her current life. Not that it reminds her of affection gone sour--more like it's just plain taking up space, or is otherwise irritating.
So do as Penny did. Pay it forward.
Look, in these economic circumstances, none of us can afford to ignore any source of gifts for the people we love. What better use for a pile of ex-gifts than to regift them to people who can genuinely use them?
Of course, this is after giving the ex every chance possible to reclaim their things. It's only decent, and it's the difference between giving the stuff away free and clear and still having some overhanging dirt smudging it up. Hey, Penny gave her ex months to retrieve his things. No games, no gimmicks, just his stuff returned. Well, he's never shown any interest in doing this, so Penny decided to pay it forward.
The ex left a guitar in excellent condition and fairly valuable as such things go, but didn't want it back. All right. Penny gave it to her current boyfriend, who needed a better quality guitar and actually is professionally involved in the music industry.
The ex left a sack full of comic books of various vintage and topics. Penny let her nieces and nephews have at them, except for the editions of the illustrated Bram Stoker's Dracula, which she passed on to vampire-dazzled friend.
The ex gave Penny a pile of Led Zeppelin CDs. Great, but she's more of a punk girl herself. She gave them all to a good friend who was going through some tough times and really appreciated the escape. Penny gave her the DVD as well.
The ex left the first season of the old Twilight Zone, which Penny gave to her sister's boyfriend.
Justice League went to Penny's neighbor. Return to the Batcave went to a friend in Penny's boyfriend's band. The Tick ended up with a friend of a friend of a friend.
The ex left some Simpsons books too, which Penny's father promptly seized.
Look at all the people Penny managed to make happy out of her own mess! Above all, she feels great about it. After all, if Penny's ex couldn't be bothered to reclaim this stuff, why shouldn't other people get pleasure from it?