January 17, 2019 9:00 am
Updated: January 17, 2019 10:04 am

Tidying Up TV show sparks joy for Winnipeg thrift stores

WATCH: A new show has inspired people to let go of unused or unwanted items, something Winnipeg thrift stores are happy about.


Hundreds of boxes are being unpacked at thrift stores across Winnipeg thanks to a new Netflix show.

It’s called Tidying up with Marie Kondo — the renowned organizing consultant visits families to help them organize their messy homes and get rid of stuff.

And all that clutter is finding a new home, benefiting others.

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Janice Howard is the manager of the Prairie Crocus thrift shop on Nairn Avenue. She says she has noticed a spike in donations since the Jan. 1 launch of the show.

“Our processing room went from a little bit of donations coming in daily to bags and bags of local items coming in,” Howard said.

She hopes the trend continues, saying that the donations allow not-for-profits such as theirs help the community.

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All that new inventory is also great for second-hand store shoppers.

Gaylene Peloquin is one of many people hooked on the new series.

“As soon as I watched the very first one, I started cleaning out closets and getting rid of things,” Peloquin said.

“I love how she says put all your stuff in a pile, go through it, and see what sparks joy in you and that was where it really got me.”

MCC Thrift Shop on Sargent Avenue has also seen a spike in donations. The manager there told Global News more donations means more clothes for thrift store shoppers.

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