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Former “Bachelorette” on married life, closet-swapping

After appearing on both “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” didn’t lead to lasting romance, Jen Schefft finally found the love of her life on a blind date.

“I know some people would think it’s pathetic, but that’s how I met my husband,” said Schefft, who now lives with husband Joe Waterman in suburban Chicago.

She told Buzz she is done with reality television but will be in town the week of Jan. 18 promoting her latest gig. She’s partnering with Little Black Dress Wines to launch the “Closet Swap” concept (sort of like a Pampered Chef or Mary Kay party where you trade stuff rather than sell it to your friends.)

“If you haven’t worn something in two years, it’s time to toss it out,” said Schefft, who confessed coming across long-forgotten garments with tags still on them when she and her new husband set up house together. “Rather than throwing it away or just keeping it and never wearing it, I’m sure you have friends who would be very happy to swap with you.”

The former Bachelorette found true love on a blind date!

The former Bachelorette found true love on a blind date!

Ideally, Closet Swap party hosts should encourage guests to bring a $5 donation to a charity the group chooses, and donate any items that aren’t snapped up during the swap.

“It’s just nice to recycle,” Schefft said. As a reality TV alumna she keeps up with current shows and enjoys the attention she receives when people recognize her.

“All said and done it’s been positive,” said Schefft, who had been selected by Andrew Firestone on “The Bachelor,” but their relationship ended. Her turn on “The Bachelorette” ended without a match. She credits her time in the public eye with giving her the courage to get set up by friends the night she met Waterman. Starring in a reality series is the more daunting challenge, she noted.

“Don’t get me wrong,” she said. “Being on a blind date is very scary.”

- Jennifer Brett, jbrett@ajc.com

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dad gummit

January 7th, 2010
7:58 pm

I did this several times ( blind dated) and the last time the lady was a DOG! I then QUIT! To bad I did not have the same luck as this guy.

Maybe I will try ONE more time…:)