Thrift Shops Credit Tidying-Up Guru For Spike In Donations

Steve Miller
January 15, 2019 - 4:30 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- At least one resale shop in Chicago is seeing a big increase in donated clothing, and managers think it's because of tidying-up guru Marie Kondo.

Kondo and her Netflix show is all about "Tidying Up" - "clearing out clutter and choosing joy."

"I can't tell you how many folks in the last two weeks have mentioned her name as their motivator for dropping off,” said Kevin Chase, senior store manager for all three Brown Elephant Resale Shops.

"It's been a boon for us.  It's terrific."

Kevin Chase/WBBM Newsradio

Kondo advocates clearing out clothing and also telling it goodbye and thanking it.

Lakeview store Assistant Manager Brittni Thomas says in the past week, they've had five times the number of donations they usually have. And yes, donors are thanking the items they are discarding, Thomas said.

"They're like, 'Thank you so much. You've brought me so much happiness. It's time for you to bring someone else happiness.’

"And I'm like, 'Really? OK.  Whatever floats your boat.'"