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Woman who left abusive relationship held divorce garage sale before burning wedding gown in public

By Mason White 8:05 AM February 12, 2018
Briana Barksdale sets her wedding dress on fire

A woman who said she was in an abusive relationship, held a public celebration after having the courage to leave her marriage.

Briana Barksdale from Houston, Texas, said that she has been through a lot of hardship before she finally took the courage to leave her husband.

She was not able to give too many details about her situation due to a pending court case against her ex-husband, but she said that “he was not a good guy” and that she “stayed for way too long.”

Barksdale’s ex-husband is serving seven years of probation and community service after pleading guilty to assault of a family member, according to court records.

Barksdale said that she was awarded most of the couple’s possessions in the divorce proceedings.

However, she wanted to move on in life without the bad memories so she decided to hold a divorce garage sale in order to sell items they bought as a couple.

She also wanted to sell some of her ex-husband belongings.

She decided to burn her wedding gown and photos in front of supporters and customers.

Barksdale posted an ad on Craigslist to announce her sale and many people showed up to grab bargains and to support her.

In her ad, she wrote in part: “So after 2 long years, I have finally been able to divorce my worthless, cheating, and abusive husband.

“During that time, I had the distinct pleasure of paying for two entire households because he lost his job due to committing a felony and couldn’t support himself.

“Guess who demanded in court that I keep him in the lifestyle he had become accustomed to?

“I have an entire household worth of items that need to be gone. I don’t want to look at them. I don’t want the memories and I’d like to recoup some of the thousands upon thousands of dollars I spent on his sorry a**.

“Living room set, queen size bed and mattress, a wooden bunk bed that breaks down into 2 twins, an entire kitchen worth of things, dining table, some clothes, a TV stand, tools, linen, and pretty much everything it takes to keep a lazy worthless human being in a state of comfort.

“I have a PlayStation, an Xbox, and a bunch of other electronic stuff. Ha. Selling that too. (Don’t judge me, the guy tried to take my dog… who does that?!?!)

“Oh, and I’m selling the grandmother’s silverware because he deserves it. Maybe he’ll learn not to get bartenders pregnant and hit his wife.

“If you’ve ever been completely screwed over by an ex, please come support my garage sale and help me get rid of this so I can move on with my life.

“You can even help me burn the pictures and my wedding dress, if you like. There will be cocktails and doughnuts because I’ll be up early and life is stressful.

“I’ll even let you pay me electronically via Venmo or PayPal if you don’t have cash. Yay technology.”