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‘Donate Your Heartbreak’ will sell gifts from your ex

Who wants these flasks? Certainly not Karen, from the Upper East Side.Courtesy Donate Your Heartbreak Who wants these flasks? Certainly not Karen, from the Upper East Side.

So you suffered a nasty breakup — might as well see some good come out of it.

That’s the idea behind “Donate Your Heartbreak,” run by the charity website WebThriftStore.com, which asks scorned singles to contribute now-tainted objects that are just sitting around like salt in a wound.

The project kicked off this week — perfectly timed to Valentine’s Day so online shoppers can turn someone else’s heartbreak into a nice gift for your sweetie.

And pain yields great bargains, like a pair of $ 6,000 pearl, onyx and diamond earrings that Rachel Berman’s boyfriend gave her last year — before their breakup.

They’re yours for $ 1,499.

Rachel, from the Upper East Side, is selling her ‘beautiful’ earrings.Courtesy Donate Your Heartbreak Rachel, from the Upper East Side, is selling her ‘beautiful’ earrings.

“They’re really beautiful, but obviously our breakup turned them into a bad memory and I was ready to let them go,” Berman, 47, told the Daily News.

Berman picked the ASPCA out of 60 philanthropies on the WebThriftStore.com site — and the animal welfare group will 80% of the sale price.

Creator Lynn Zises got the cash-for-pain idea after officials at one charity told her that people often want to donate big-ticket items rather than money.

“Charities want cash, they don’t want stuff,” said Zises, whose website is a spinoff of her existing Web Thrift Store. “We knew there was a good opportunity out there.”

Expensive jewelry isn’t all that’s available. Kate Ward, 46, who works in publishing and lives on the Upper East Side, donated two flasks given to her by her ex-husband. She’s still trying to figure out why he got them for her.

“I was not a heavy drinker at the time,” she joked.

Her gift, which is selling for $ 20, will also benefit the ASPCA.

“It seemed like a good way to help animals and get rid of stuff I don’t need anymore,” she said.

Some sellers are finding that cleaning out closets also cleans out emotional cobwebs.

“I thought it would be a good way to say goodbye to the relationship,” said Joseph Williams, 37 of Harlem, who is donating a watch that was a sour gift from the beginning.

“The gift was, ‘You’re always running behind so I thought I’d buy you a watch,’” he recalled. “At that point I knew most of the sugar was gone from this relationship.”

Zises said the site has received donations from all over the country. In addition to a chance to purge, donators get a tax deduction when they list.

“It’s an opportunity for people to part with that valuable item … and to do something good,” she said.


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