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Spennymoor charity store among recipients of unusual donations
A MAN walked into a shop with a roll of turf under his arm and said to the woman behind the till: “Can you sell this?”
Believe it or not this is not the opening line of a bad joke but what really happened at a North-East charity shop in August.
The shop, the PDSA in Festival Walk, Spennymoor, County Durham, did sell the 3m x 1m strip of artificial grass and in doing so earned £4.99 for the pet charity and a place on its annual list of amazing charity store donations.
Store manager Pauline Warke said: “We appreciate all donations and don’t turn very much away.
“It was an unusual one for us but we priced it up on the internet and it was gone within a few days.
“We’ve had some strange things over the years, like a toilet and four budgie cages and sold them all.”
Other weird and wonderful donations the PDSA has sold in its 180 UK stores in the last 12 months included 100 wedding dresses worth a combined £50,000, a used 2007 calendar, an urn containing ashes, false teeth and a selection of x-rated adult items.
Brian Gibson, PDSA area retail manager, said: “It just goes to show that you never know what you’ll find in a PDSA store, so it’s well worth paying us a visit.
“In addition to the usual bargains you could pick up something truly exceptional.”
The Spennymoor shop is currently appealing for donations, particularly of CDs, DVDs, ladies’ knitwear and men’s trousers, and volunteers to help run the store.
For details call 01388-812634.
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