For some Goodwill and thrift stores across the country, the "Marie-Kondo effect" or the inflatable donations seen after the launch of the Netflix reality series on decluttering has become somewhat problematic. Since the show was launched, many second-hand stores received lots of unsalable items – from counter-infested clothes to broken appliances and toys.
In "Tidying Up With Marie Kondo", which made its Netflix debut in January, Japanese home office guru Kondo was teaching viewers how to clear their lives of clutter by distinguishing themselves from things that, as she says, no longer "spark joy." A number of Goodwill markets saw an annual spike in donations that they attribute directly to the show, says Lauren Lawson-Zilai, senior director of PR at Goodwill Industries International.
"The Houston market was up 22 percent; donations in Roanoke, Virginia, rose 20 percent, Washington, DC was up 30 percent; and Grand Rapids, Michigan went up nearly 20 Percentage, says Lawson-Zilai.
But many Goodwill and used stores say that increased volume has caused more headaches and extra work, as people donate things that no one would want.
"If someone gives us something we can't use, like a broken refrigerator that we have to take to landfill, or a pram that has been recalled, or torn or torn clothes, we do our best to educate them about the transaction, but they can be testy, says Salvation Army National Spokesperson Lt. Col. Ward Matthews.
A spokesman for Netflix did not immediately respond to FOX Business's request for comment.
Get ready to do your own spring cleaning? Do you have to donate, sell or throw it? Here is expert advice on how to know what might be another man's tax, vs. what belongs in the sidewalk.
What to donate vs throw out
Ask yourself: Is the item you donate in working conditions? Usable? Does it look appealing? Is it sold?
"It's a delicate dance ̵
other words, do all a favor and throw trash to pavement.
What to sell
"When people cleanse, they have no idea what can be of value and what is worthless because they do not collect and not follows the market, says Reyne Hirsch from the 20th century. "Use the internet to find out. Just type in a few keywords on eBay and see if something pops up similar to what you have."
No luck? "Call a local auction house or an antique shop and find out," Hirsch says.
This advice is the same when you shop for sale of property and / or decide what to do with hereditary goods. Among the less obvious items that currently provide a pretty penny: costume jewelry, gold jewelry, vintage furniture, designer items and the like, such as children's vintage shoes, old video games and early Apple computers, Hirsch says.
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To relieve more modern items, such as late model electronics or gently used clothing, "try using an app like Mercari, which allows you to easily sell your once beloved items straight from your smartphone, "says personal finance expert Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, founder of AskTheMoneyCoach.com.
Vera Gibbons is the founder of nonpoliticalnews.com that produces "NoPo" – a free daily newsletter covering and curating non-political news in consumer / personal finance only; Health and well being; Fashion / Beauty; Fitness / Diet.