Thrift stores seeing more donations after "Tidying Up"

Thrift stores seeing more donations after "Tidying Up"

February 06, 2019 06:34 PM

ALBANY - The popular Netflix show, "Tidying up with Marie Kondo," is encouraging people to de-clutter their homes and lots of people are jumping on board. So much so that thrift stores are limiting donations because they don't have enough storage space.

In the series, Kondo encourages people to go through all the items in their homes, asking if each item "sparks joy." If it doesn't, but is still in good shape, Kondo says to thank the item and donate it.


That's sparking joy for stores like Great Finds on Washington Avenue in Albany.

Susan Taylor is the manager there.

"There's definitely a plus to people a lot of people are thinking of shopping secondhand giving items to a secondhand shop to make sure that they have another purpose if they still have another life to live," Taylor said.

Though the series has certainly taken off in the last month, Taylor said there are lots of different reasons people decide to tidy up.

"People when they come in and they've retired or they're moving it's a decluttering," Taylor said.

Taylor said they do a lot of work with community organizations like the Capital District Women's Employment and Resource Center.

For decades they've been helping women by giving them access to free work attire.

"I think the decluttering is part of the decluttering of thrifting or thrift shops business is to -- for us to certainly welcome their items but also for us to repurpose it and to support all the programs and the women that we can in our community," Taylor said.

A spokesperson for Goodwill of New York & New Jersey said donations were up in January, though they're not sure exactly how much. They said it's tough to quantify Kondo's influence, but sent a statement to NewsChannel 13, which read in part, 

"Donations help Goodwill NYNJ to hire or create jobs for individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Goodwill NYNJ needs more donations and our goal is to increase donations by 30-percent this year."

You can learn more about Women's Employment Resource Center (WERC) here.


Emily Burkhard

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