question: Is it bad etiquette to pawn bridal shower gifts?
my honest answer: Yes, it probably is bad ettiquette. But if you’re in such a desperate place you are considering pawning your possessions, it’s worse ettiquette for someone to chastise you for it.
Please reach out to someone. You know those people who bought you mixing bowls and a fancy apron? If they knew you were hurting this much, they’d buy your groceries this week too. These people came to your shower because they love you. Please don’t suffer alone. Ask for help.
(One caveat which I’m sure doesn’t apply but I had to mention it: If you are in this mess because you are hosting a wedding that is costing more than you can afford 1) scale back, scale back, scale back, and 2) the above doesn’t apply. It’s one thing to be suffering through the economy and life just throwing you a curve-ball. Spending beyond your means to host an elaborate wedding does not qualify for the ‘it takes a village’ mentality, I’m afraid.)