Staff at the British Heart Foundation charity shop in Bangor were shocked to find items of designer Gucci clothing worth hundreds of pounds each recently.
The charity shop staff, based at the Menai Shopping Centre, were “delighted” when they received the Gucci clothes from an anonymous donation.
A Gucci sweatshirt given to the shop was originally priced at £630, while a Gucci T-shirt originally priced at £620 was also in the bag of donated clothes.
British Heart Foundation (BHF) Charity shops have also seen an increase in donations of clothing from brands like Ralph Lauren, Ted Baker and Laura Ashley as well as brand new Hugo Boss and Abercrombie jackets and Converse shoes, which they attribute to students moving out of the city.
The BHF shop, which helps to fund research to beat heartbreak from heart and circulatory diseases and their risk factors, believes the rise in luxury donations comes as university students head home for summer. Rather than binning or selling their unwanted goods, students are choosing to donate their clothes to the nearest charity shop.
Hoping to benefit from the trend, the British Heart Foundation has started a scheme called Pack for Good, which encourages students to donate any good quality items that they have as they leave university. Any high-value items donated are auctioned on the BHF’s eBay site.
The Snoopy Sweatshirt was from the 2016 fall/winter Peanuts collection, designed by Alessandro Michele, and was auctioned on eBay recently. Described as being in “good used condition, with plenty of wear left“ the sweatshirt received 28 bids, selling for a bargain price of £77. The T-Shirt hasn’t been listed yet, but should be on eBay soon.
BHF Bangor Shop manager Elizabeth Jones told North Wales Live: “A member of staff was about to put a tag on the jumper when I realised that it had a Gucci label on it.
“I immediately went online to find its original cost, and was so shocked to find how much it was actually worth.
“This is not something you find in a charity shop every day. I hope this will start something. Perhaps people will recognise us as a shop that sells second-hand Gucci.
“It’s nice to have this acknowledgement, but we would also like to thank all the students that donate their clothes through the scheme.”