'Marie Kondo fever' sparks swell in cast-offs

Charities see more donations due to decluttering trend; goods sold at thrift stores, to foreign workers

A Salvation Army truck that doubles as a mobile store has been visiting recreation centres for migrant workers since December last year to sell donated goods like clothes, shoes and bags for a few dollars each. It takes about two days for each donate
It takes about two days for each donated item to be processed and sorted from the time it is received at The Salvation Army’s centre in Tanglin Road. About 7 per cent of the donations have to be thrown away, while 93 per cent are reusable or recyclable. About 28 per cent – deemed as grade A quality items – go to its thrift stores. ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
A Salvation Army truck that doubles as a mobile store has been visiting recreation centres for migrant workers since December last year to sell donated goods like clothes, shoes and bags for a few dollars each. It takes about two days for each donate
A Salvation Army truck that doubles as a mobile store has been visiting recreation centres for migrant workers since December last year to sell donated goods like clothes, shoes and bags for a few dollars each. PHOTO: THE SALVATION ARM
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Since last December, an 18-foot truck doubling as a mobile store has been visiting recreation centres for migrant workers to sell goods like clothes, shoes and bags.

The items, on sale for a few dollars each, are donations received by The Salvation Army's social enterprise unit, Red Shield Industries, which is keen to expand the service.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 09, 2019, with the headline 'Marie Kondo fever' sparks swell in cast-offs. Subscribe