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Why Marie Kondo Is Fueling Our Thrifting Goals

Written By: Jaymi Naciri
Wednesday, February 06, 2019

ldquo;As the phrase goes, one persons trash is another persons treasure. And thanks to a new Netflix show, it seems a lot of treasure is showing up at thrift stores at the moment,rdquo; saidnbsp;Bustle. ldquo;As reported by BuzzFeed, Marie Kondo is responsible for an increase in thrift store donations made in light of her Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.rdquo;

Ravenswood Used Books in Chicago said on Facebook that they ldquo;took in a months worth of books in 2 daysrdquo; because Marie Kondos show and ldquo;Leah Giampietro, a manager of a Beacons Closet consignment store location, told CNN that January is usually a slow time for people coming in to sell clothes, but that theyve gotten a ton of items this month,rdquo; they said. ldquo;Philly AIDS Thrift in Philadelphia had three people in one day come in with donations and specifically cite the show as the reason, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.rdquo;

You know what this means: Itrsquo;s time to go thrifting Before you leave, review our curated list of the best things to buy at thrift stores.


ldquo;If I donrsquo;t find anything at the thrift store, I almost always find a book or two. Childrenrsquo;s books are usually my favorite,rdquo; said Making Home Base. ldquo;You can find the sweetest vintage childrenrsquo;s books that are gently used and in great condition. Additionally, I look for books that have uniquely colored covers to use in decorating.rdquo;

MoneyCrashers adds that, while individual books are typically not worth a lot of money, ldquo;Book lots traditionally sell very well at online auction sites. Take for example a set of lsquo;Harry Potterrsquo; books: Used box sets in good condition both paperback and hardcover sell for around 30 to 50 on eBay, and you can find them considerably cheaper if you happen to snag a set in the thrift store. Other popular box sets include lsquo;Anne of Green Gables,rsquo; lsquo;The Lord of the Rings,rsquo; lsquo;The Hunger Games,rsquo; and lsquo;Little House on the Prairie.rsquo; Even if you find just one or two books from these box sets, they can bring in more than a typical paperback, since collectors could be looking to add to their current library.rdquo;

Wood furniture

ldquo;Looking to upgrade your particle board living room set? Thrift stores are a great place to score solid wood furnishings at bargain prices if yoursquo;re watching your wallet,rdquo; said Mental Floss. ldquo;Even if you dont end up finding your vintage dream piece, items that are more grandma than retro-glam can still be transformed with paint, varnish, and brand-new fixtures.rdquo;

Small Appliances

ldquo;Have you always wanted a bread maker but arenrsquo;t sure how often yoursquo;ll use it? Buy it at a thrift store. Yoursquo;ll save a lot of money and it gives you a chance to try an appliance before investing in a more expensive model,rdquo; said Sparkles of Sunshine. ldquo;Some small appliances Irsquo;ve tried from thrift stores include a cupcake maker, pancake maker, waffle iron, popcorn popper and dessert machine. Irsquo;m so glad I only spent 10 to find out I wouldnrsquo;t use 60 worth of appliances All it took was one trip back to the thrift store to clear the clutter and give someone else a chance to eat popcorn and dessertrdquo;


ldquo;Especially vintage dishes,rdquo; said Duct Tape and Denim. ldquo;Do some researchrdquo;mdash;some brands can be really valuable.


ldquo;Buying mirrors at thrift stores is another money saver,rdquo; said Making Home Base. ldquo;Framed mirrors make your space feel bigger so they are the ultimately accessory for your walls. That said, framed mirrors are expensive 50 is about the going rate. You can save big bucks by finding one at a thrift store.rdquo;


Candle holders, vases, and things like baskets and trays can cost almost nothing and add considerably to your deacute;cor. ldquo;Irsquo;ve had to ground myself from buying anymore baskets, buckets, and trays because I find so many cute ones all the time,rdquo; said Blessrsquo;er House. ldquo;Use baskets for extra small storage around the house, buckets for planters, and trays for coffee table decor.rdquo;


ldquo;Glassware is long-lasting, so you can probably find a ton of it at your local thrift store,rdquo; said MoneyCrashers. ldquo;However, the difference between just another set of glasses and those that can generate real buyer interest is in their status as collectibles. Glassware lovers enjoy vintage Pyrex cookware, as well as glass in different shapes and colors, so keep an eye out for anything out of the ordinary. If you canrsquo;t find cool blue glass or decorated cookware, look for full glass sets. A set of tumblers is usually more of a local seller than mismatched glasses listed one-by-one online.rdquo;

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