Thrift stores thrive, maybe due to a new Netflix show

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December and January are big months for thrift stores. People are donating to earn tax deductions before the end of the year – and they’re clearing out clutter. This year a new TV show seems to be increasing donations of clothing and housewares.

The de-accessing craze that started with the 2014 book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” has burst forth anew with the new Netflix show “Tidying up with Marie Kondo.” The Japanese organization expert coaches people on clearing clutter to improve their lives and that has resulted in increased donation to nonprofit thrift stores such as Salvation Army and Goodwill Hawaii.

Kelley Cho, director of public relations and communications for Goodwill Hawaii says the nonprofit has seen some of its fans and followers talking about the new show. “There is definitely a lot of buzz about the show and people talking about how, by watching the show, it’s inspired them to donate their things to Goodwill. So, we’re very grateful for that and it’s been great exposure, I think, for us,” she said.

A representative for the Salvation Army told us donations normally decrease after the first week of January. This year, going into the third week of the month, donations of clothing and household goods are staying strong, though they are not yet sure if the increase can be attributed to the new show.

One of the tips Marie Kondo offers in her book and in her new TV show is to pick something up and if it doesn’t spark joy, get rid of it. This (pair of crutches) is likely not the happiest of memories.

The good news is, once the clutter is cleared, donations are made and the tax deductible receipt is in-hand, donors may be better able to FIND that receipt when tax time rolls around.

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