Netflix series might have sparked increase in donations at thrift stores

St. Vincent de Paul thrift store
St. Vincent de Paul thrift store
Updated: Jan. 15, 2019 at 6:28 PM CST
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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Do you have a lot of stuff? Is your closet filled with clothes that you haven’t worn in years?

On New Year’s Day, Netflix released the series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. It’s a home and life improvement show that is based on the book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. It shows people how to live a clutter-free lifestyle and it seems like local thrift stores might be reaping the benefits.

“Our donation has gone up," Kui Cogan with St. Vincent de Paul thrift store said. "I mean I don’t have a place actually downstairs right now because the donations keep coming; we must have been received like 20-25 donations.”

It’s hard to say if the new series has actually made people tidy up but volunteers at the thrift store said they have seen an increase in donations since the beginning of the year.

The thrift store is part of the St. Vincent de Paul national organization. It runs completely on donations and a lot of items go to people who are in need. Needless to say, the extra donations are important.

“There’s a lot of needy people out there that can use our items," President of the organization Mike Allgaier said.

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