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Need A New Toaster Post-Divorce? British Store Creates Ex's Registry

In business on February 3, 2010 at 2:19 pm
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After the wedding china’s been chipped — or perhaps tossed across a few rooms —  the toaster and microwave and flat-screen fought over, what better solution to re-stocking a sad and lonely home than a post-divorce registry, created by the British department store chain Debenhams.

Right after the holidays is when marital misery most often looks acute and it’s time to, literally, clean house. Out damn spouse!

Reports the Belfast Telegraph:

Peter Moore, head of retail services at Debenhams said: “With so many couples now living together before they marry, the Wedding Gift List concept is now regarded as more of an upgrade service, rather than stocking up the first home with the basics.

“However, a divorce means that one partner will be leaving the marital home and therefore be left without any essentials in their new house.”

The retailer said items expected to be popular included: cookware, cutlery, crockery, glasses, bed linen, towels, small lectrical goods such as toasters and microwaves.

Mr Moore added: “Divorcing can be an expensive time and registering for a Divorce Gift List means that family and friends can help the newly separated begin their new life.”

  1. I love it. Can I just register for all those things I never bothered to buy but always wanted to own? Like I could really use a good food processor? And a better blender????

  2. Hey, you’re in London now….why not? Just make sure the plugs work when you get back to North America.

    I actually like this idea. Getting divorced is often expensive and sad, so why not help the divorce/e get a fresh start?

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