Cascade Alliance

Technique Tuesday: – The Konmari Method and How to Take Advantage of the Impact.

“The best way to choose what to keep and what to throw away is to take each item in one’s hand and ask: “Does this spark joy?” If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it. This is not only the simplest but also the most accurate yardstick by which to judge.” – Marie Kondō, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

Japanese organizing consultant Marie Kondo’s immensely popular book has now become a Netflix series based on helping people declutter their lives, and according to an article in the New Yorker, seems to have driven many people into a frenzy to clean their closets and dispose of anything that doesn’t bring them joy.

Retail thrift store operators are definitely feeling the joy at this development, which  brings us to our topic for Technique Tuesday – The Konmari Method and how to take advantage of the impact.

We recommend that store staff keep an eye out for designer or good quality products that will eventually be making their way into your store.  At the bottom is a list of brands that our organization finds a way to highlight in our stores.

Creating racks of “star attraction” designer items selling for a fraction of the original cost is a great way to appeal to the demographic of thrifters searching for that diamond in the rough.

Another way to promote these star items is to put the best clothing on mannequins or displays around your store.  Be sure to keep up on current fashion through the brands listed as a way of inspiration for what you display.