My new favorite way to avoid addressing what a messy slob who should clean out his damn closet I’ve become is to turn on Netflix and watch other messy slobs get called out by Marie Kondo, arguably the world’s most pleasant woman who drops by American homes to call people out on their hoarding and solves it by talking to their shirts and figure out which ones bring joy and which ones are talking smack behind their wearer’s backs. I still haven’t whispered sweet nothings to my clothes since binging through Tidying Up. However, it appears many people have because a new report says thrift stores are overflowing with the crap people no longer want in their houses!
ABC Action News in Tampa,FL reports that Amber Watt, owner of Uptown Cheapskate, a thrift shop in town, told them she’s seen a surge in people bringing stuff in ever since the show started. She also thought it could be people needing some post-Christmas cash, but she remarked, “This is much more than normal.” Even if Amber wasn’t ready to say it’s 100% Marie that is boosting business, other Tampa thrift shops are banking on the Netflix show. A key point of Marie’s method is to only keep the stuff that “sparks joy” in your life. That would mean I’ll have no clothes and just a bunch of gay porn and Chick-fil-A bags in my closet when I’m done. What a dichotomy!
The Autism Awareness Thrift Shop in Tampa has a sign out front that says “Donate to us what doesn’t spark joy for you. It may be for someone else.” Goodwill Suncoast, another area thrift shop, says donations have been up 3% ever since Marie’s book first came out, and Goodwill is posting all over Facebook about the show, encouraging people to get rid of their shit lest Marie come and haunt you about that stained-beyond-bleaching t-Shirt from the Atlanta Summer Olympics tucked in the back of your drawer. Oh, wait, that’s just me.