So when exactly is the best time to go thrift shopping? Apparently, right now! With the popularity of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix, an influx of donations have flooded thrift stores around the country. And that means—in the words of Macklemore—it’s time to “pop some tags.”
The “Marie Kondo effect” has made a legit mark on thrift store shopping. As people across the country have joined in on the craze to pare down only to what sparks joy, the number of donation items is dramatically increasing. Kondo’s “KonMari” method of minimalism makes pruning your hoarder-esque stash easy.
Instead of weighing the benefits that keeping the bag of toddler clothes your now-teenager will never need again, hold the items in your hands. Do they “spark joy?” If so, keep ’em.
But if the spark just doesn’t happen, they’re gone.
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My entire wardrobe in my living room floor because I woke up this morning and decided to go all #tidyingupwithmariekondo on it. But soon realized that in order to get it done today I had to move everything to the living room because the hubby is on 3rd shift right now and is sleeping. Who in their right mind would do this?! Now I know it will get done today because I want my living room back and I need clothes to wear tomorrow 🤣 and why do I have this many clothes 🤦🏼♀️
And where do all those non-joy-sparking items go? According to Amy Lyons, a spokesperson for Goodwill Industries of Monocacy Valley, they’re going to the thrift store. Lyons told TODAY, “Out of our eight stores that we do have, our nine donations centers, all but two of them currently have seen quite an increase from last year around this time, year to date.” Lyons isn’t completely sure that Kondo and her Netflix show have caused this upswing, but it’s a very real possibility.
While heading to the thrift shop to cash in on others’ purged possessions might seem to fly in the face of the KonMari method, there’s something to be said for scoring big deals on gently-used kids’ items and more.
Featured photo: Marie Kondo via Instagram