“Kondo Effect” takes hold in Joplin

“Kondo Effect” takes hold in Joplin
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As 9-year-old Samantha Conrad and her mother haul bags of clothing into Second Chances, she’s feeling pretty happy.

“I like to share what I have that I don’t want anymore with other people that might want it because I have a whole room full of clothes and I don’t need them,” explained Conrad.

Although she admits parting with her items was difficult at first, she’s looking forward to finding something new, and glamorous, to wear.

“Sparkly for one, for two, fashionable, for three, all of the above,” said Conrad.

Conrads’s mother decided to clean out their closets after watching Marie Kondo’s show which emphasizes downsizing to increase joy for yourself, and others.

“Let’s not just be this throw-away society. Let’s put it back out there because, well, I mean there’s trash and treasures. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, right? So just that whole mindset,” said Karen Lane, Conrad’s mother.

Donations have been pouring in since the show’s debut on January 1, good news for the shop which supports an abused women’s shelter. Store Manager Linda Gardner doesn’t think it’s a coincidence.

“We’ve seen a big increase in donations, but yeah, we definitely are benefiting from that show I would say,” said Gardner.

All of the money raised at Second Chances goes right back here to the Lafayette House where it purchases needed supplies and changes lives.

“Usually they donate and shop so it’s a double, a double win for us,” Gardner said with a smile.

It’s a win for Conrad, too, who managed to find something sparkly after all.

Second Chances donates their overflow to the Salvation Army where an increase is also being seen.