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The ‘Marie Kondo Effect’ Comes at a Weird Time for Thrift Stores

Netflix’s hit show has everyone tidying up, but that's not the only reason second-hand stores are being flooded with donations.
“Independent thrift stores are increasingly a dying breed in the Mission, once a thrifting oasis,” read a post on San Francisco's 'Mission Local' blog.
“Independent thrift stores are increasingly a dying breed in the Mission, once a thrifting oasis,” read a post on San Francisco's 'Mission Local' blog.Sarah Holder/CityLab

Community Thrift is a second-hand staple in San Francisco, a spot consistently mobbed with shoppers and donators alike, employees say. For the past week, though, the mob of people armed with donation bags has grown. By a lot.

Another weird thing has been happening, says Susan, who works the front desk: People have been thanking their objects before giving them away. She rolls her eyes.