Marie Kondo Opens An Online Store – Full Of Junk

Tasteful junk, I’m sure, butΒ  does anyone else find this, at the very least, ironic?

For those who haven’t heard of Marie Kondo, she’s an ‘organizing guru’ who advocates getting rid of stuff around you that doesn’t give you joy. (here’s her bio from Wikipedia)

I present for your perusal the first two items on her ‘Collections‘ page. (click on the green bolded word ‘Collections’ to see the whole thing) An $86 (USD, I presume) candle, a $68 Palo Santo (scented wood related to frankincense) holder.

Scrolling down the tastefully boring … erm I mean understatedly stylish page, you come across this wonder of modern technology …

Actual pic from the site - look at all that lovely, tasteful, white space ... go on, guess what it is ...

Actual pic from the site – look at all that lovely, tasteful, white space … go on, guess what it is …

… it’s a $12 shiatsu stick (I wish I was kidding) with, and I quote, ‘both pointy and blunt ends’. Seriously, 12 dollars for a bit of wood? I’m in the wrong business!

Let’s be clear here, I’m not knocking shiatsu as a therapeutic massage, nor am I taking the piss out of the cultural elements that are referenced in the little blurbs for each product.

What I am doing is highlighting the hypocrisy inherent in the entire concept of someone who had built a brand out of convincing people to get rid of their unwanted junk, who then opens a shop selling (tasteful, which justifies the price-gouging) junk.

Also, unfortunately, I’m not surprised.

45 comments on “Marie Kondo Opens An Online Store – Full Of Junk

  1. Sue Vincent says:

    I couldn’t resist clicking through…
    So the white space is designed to make you believe this stuff is not clutter…

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  3. OH, my gosh!!!! I cannot stand this woman! Please excuse my language, but WTF gives this creature the right or the credentials or the whatever to tell other people – sorry, I just gotta stop now. She does not give me joy!!!!

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    • Widdershins says:

      I don’t think ‘gosh’ and ‘WTF’ count as swearwords, πŸ™‚ … but I fully endorse your sentiment. What’s really sad is that half the folk who bought into her ‘shtick’ are feeling really betrayed at this point, and the other half are hitting her shop like the true believers they are.


  4. Running Elk says:

    My God. I’m rich!!! To think I was just going to take my bush trimmings to the municipal composter… πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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  5. Suzanne says:

    WTF! What makes this even worse is the fact that palo santo is endangered in the wild. Last time I check there was only 400 trees left in Brazil – its natural habitat. That was months ago – its probable less now due to New Agers using it too excess. This kind of downright exploitation of endngered plants and herfollowers vulnerabilities and superstitions is wrong on so many levels

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  6. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ pure gold – yesss I bought those books and did the decluttering and what she will now have us believe is that our stuff was shite whilst her tasteful stuff – it is okay to clutter away with that and yesssss that is a jolly stick – a stick! Great post very funny πŸ˜‚

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  7. Hypocrisy makes the world go ’round. (Unfortunately.)

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  8. jenanita01 says:

    We can poke fun all we like, but people are actually buying this stuff! Says it all, really…

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  9. Olga Godim says:

    Obviously, she didn’t make enough money from her books, so she is searching for another source of income. I’m not surprised at her actions, but that anyone would want to buy that junk, for those prices, has be baffled.

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    • Widdershins says:

      Oh I don’t think she’s hurting in the finances department. Her books are still selling, apparently she has a ‘reality’ TV show, a video channel … all the usual trappings of a modern-day success. This store is simply the next step in a very well trodden path.
      As for the junk – ‘a fool and his money are soon parted’. It’s about buying status, just like those with delusions of grandeur used to do by buying large, expensive leather-bound books in bulk to put on their bookshelves.


  10. Jay says:

    I am not surprised either, but I am delighted – by your title at least, which made me laugh out loud.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. susielindau says:

    Oh, my God. Do you remember my Marie Kondo post? LOL! I have to check this out.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Jay says:

    The truth is, I’m jealous. I would love to sell out. Love it. I don’t need dignity, I need cash.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. I have to admit, your pic is enough — I am not clicking on the link. Life is too short. πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

  14. inese says:

    Oh I have read this too, laughed out loud. What kind of people are following her in the first place? So sad there is demand for this kind of ‘guru’.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. I went on her collection page. OMG some of her stuff is so outrageously overpriced. It is very ironic and disappointing that the queen of decluttering wants us to buy more stuff! Maybe so that we can clutter up our space and hire her to declutter it. πŸ™‚

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  16. Vera L says:

    Hilarious. And good for you for noticing the inconsistency.


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