Local thrift stores say Netflix show prompted donation spike

The new Netflix show “Tidying Up” is getting people in the Duke City to clean out their closets, and it’s driving a spike in donations at local thrift stores. 

The star of the show, Japanese organization expert Marie Kondo, promotes the Konmari Method in which people only keep the items that “spark joy.”

Local thrift stores are taking notice.

“It’s awesome that they’re bringing it here because those things might spark joy for someone else,” Buffalo Exchange Associate Manager Iris Escobedo said.

The store in Nob Hill said it’s seeing an uptick in the number of sellers bringing in boxes, piles and totes full of clothes, shoes and accessories.

“There’s so many! Probably 100 to 200 people come in here during the day to sell,” Escobedo added. “They have specifically mentioned the Marie Kondo show.”

“I did see a few episodes and I think it’s great,” said Samantha Savedra, who was selling clothes at the Albuquerque store on Monday.

Escobedo said it’s typical to get more sellers in her store at the start of the new year, but not like this.

Even people who were already avid sellers say they learned from the Netflix show.

“Thank your things for serving their purpose and let it serve a purpose for somebody else,” Savedra said.

Buffalo Exchange said it will take like-new clothes for cash or store credit.

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