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Let Go, Tidy Up, Make Space This New Year

Call Aswathy Sreekumar Thiruvananthapuram’s own Marie Kondo, but when things began to take up more space in her house than she had ever accounted for, a spruce up seemed inevitable. The need to declutter at home led to techie-couple Aswathy and Sujith translating their idea through a Facebook forum and a thrift shop respectively Every

Call Aswathy Sreekumar Thiruvananthapuram’s own Marie Kondo, but when things began to take up more space in her house than she had ever accounted for, a spruce up seemed inevitable.

The need to declutter at home led to techie-couple Aswathy and Sujith translating their idea through a Facebook forum and a thrift shop respectively

Every household is bound to have those miscellaneous items that, while cannot be termed garbage, aren’t exactly unusable either. Clothes that children grow out of/have been gifted and unused; outfits you hold on to, hoping they will fit some day/ones you couldn’t make time to return; accessories that are outdated/or now make you cringe; books you’ve been meaning to give away; the tacky ice cream bowls that were a gift from that annoying relative; the list is endless…

Aswathy, Principal Technical Writer with Oracle at Technopark, found the same reasons staring at her while moving into the family’s new apartment. “When we moved, I gave away almost everything. But after a year, the new home was filled with things again. I gave off some stuff to my friends and relatives, but it did not seem like a permanent solution,” she says, recollecting what triggered the formation of the Facebook page ‘Preloved Stuffs Trivandrum’.

“That’s how I thought about starting an online platform where we could buy and sell second-hand, yet good quality items. It has been more than a year now and positive responses have come from different places in the country,” she added.

Aswathy points out how while there has always been high demand from outside Kerala, it is within the State that people remain hesitant. “We are trying to remove those misconceptions through this platform.”

It is women who are the most active in this 600-plus member group. Selling animal breeds, cars or property is not allowed because of the legalities involved.

Sujith Babu U S, Aswathy’s husband, started a second-hand shop called Show Showp at Kannamoola in Thiruvananthapuram, inspired by Preloved Stuff. Sellers can walk away with a cool 90 per cent share of the sale while the store retains 10 per cent. Artists and craftsmen can display their works for free, with a 10 per cent cut on sales. The shop also displays products made by NGOs for which the 10 per cent is forgone. Sujith is the co-founder of a software company in the city.

So, before you chuck something, think again. Maybe a resale can fetch a fair price. Aswathy can be contacted at: +91 94476 97706

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