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To ask how much if anything, you'd give to a charity shop where you paid £1 for £5k item?

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evelynj Thu 31-Jul-14 19:53:39

This happened to someone I know. A regular charity shopper. They bought something just because they liked it for £1 & later found out it was valuable-£5k worth.

They have kept the item, and are a good person generally. I don't know (yet) how much if anything they've given back to the charity shop.


AnAwfullyGoodOxymoron Thu 31-Jul-14 19:54:52

I'd probably write them a cheque for £100 after I had sold the item.

TheHouseatWhoCorner Thu 31-Jul-14 19:56:05

I'd contact the charity shop's head office and give the item back to them, telling them why.

Patrickstarisabadbellend Thu 31-Jul-14 19:56:22


NewtRipley Thu 31-Jul-14 19:59:20

I think I'd donate a good chunk to the charity. Possibly half.

steff13 Thu 31-Jul-14 19:59:36

I feel like I'm generally a generous person, but I don't think I would donate money to the charity shop for this reason. Maybe I would feel guilty, though and give them something.

If I sold the item, I'd donate some of the proceeds.

FrankSaysNo Thu 31-Jul-14 20:01:53


Most charity shops have specialists now to sift out auctionable/ebay goodies. Moore fool them for not spotting it.

ilovechristmas1 Thu 31-Jul-14 20:02:09

maybe say £100 if sold for what it's worth

but i have to say maybe,that or i would donate my clear out's to that cause for life (then i wouldnt feel so bad)

i do donate all my clear out's now to the PDSA as they have helped me out with care for my cat

marne2 Thu 31-Jul-14 20:03:04

If she is keeping it then I don't see why she should give them anything, she payed £1 for something she liked the look of, she wasn't to know what it was worth, if she did would she have payed £100 if that was the price ticket? Probably not.

If she was to sell it on then maybe she would donate some of the money to charity?

Most charity shops check things on ebay completed listings whilst pricing up, a lot of dealers go into these shops hoping to find a gem that's worth £1000's ( it's very rare to find anything ), I. Sure most of them would not donate what the item is really worth to the shop.

UnderEstherMate Thu 31-Jul-14 20:04:20

Nothing, unless I sold the item on. I don't have money to spare like that. Had I known it was worth that much I would have let them know and wouldn't have bought the item.

NatashaBee Thu 31-Jul-14 20:04:38

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ilovechristmas1 Thu 31-Jul-14 20:05:56

i have to say i am suprised the item got through their charity's checks,it's big buisness now and they are pretty shrewd at this sort of thing,but i guess some do slip through

KillmeNow Thu 31-Jul-14 20:09:22

It would not occur to me to give the charity anything .I would simply count my blessings (and money) and maybe patronise it a bit more to give back by buying stuff.
But as Frank has pointed out, most charity shops have experts they use to evaluate the stock before its put out and anything valuable is auctioned or sold to collectors.

I would love to know what the item was though.

FrankSaysNo Thu 31-Jul-14 20:10:23

I have to be quite brutal, back in the day, rummaging in charity shops to sell on ebay kept the wolf from the door. I had friends who made thousands.

chesterberry Thu 31-Jul-14 20:10:38

It would depend on the charity. If it was a charity I felt I strongly wanted to support I would probably give them some of the money after selling the item, if it wasn't a charity I felt strongly about supporting I wouldn't feel obliged to give them anything.

londonrach Thu 31-Jul-14 20:11:39

Nothing. Item was bought at a price they sell it for. Same as if your bought something off someone at a car boot sale.

divingoffthebalcony Thu 31-Jul-14 20:12:04

I'm surprised it slipped through the net. Charity shops are usually very savvy.

I did once have to tell an Oxfam that the "Orla Kiely" dress they were selling for £50+ was actually Orla Kiely at Uniqlo and cost £25 new grin

FrankSaysNo Thu 31-Jul-14 20:12:13

Even more brutal, MIL works in a large charity warehouse - we give her a list, she pays shop floor prices for things but they never hit the shop window. Unfair, but those are the perks of the charity worker

curiousgeorgie Thu 31-Jul-14 20:15:11

Nothing. I would sell it and enjoy 5k!

ThatBloodyWoman Thu 31-Jul-14 20:20:38

So hard.
5k would make an enormous difference to us -like really big.
But I would feel guilty to keep it all.

Some would definitely go to a good cause.

I always tell people at a jumble sales if they're undercharging if I can see that at the point of purchase.
Perhaps its acceptable to keep some if you didn't realise at the point of purchase in a charity shop that it was valuable.

I would do some soul searching and conscience wrestling, without wanting to do my family out if a bit of good fortune.

KatnissEvermean Thu 31-Jul-14 21:10:50

I probably wouldn't give anything. I probably would point out something valuable in a charity shop if I didn't want to buy it.

I work in an auction house and a lot of local charities bring in items to check them out, so I don't think much slips through the net. The ones that do keep people searching through charity shops!

ThrowAChickenInTheAir Thu 31-Jul-14 21:16:32

Wow that sounds quite a find. I've picked up some goodies but never something worth 5k. I'm wondering what it was now < nosey>

gamescompendium Thu 31-Jul-14 21:17:59

Do you think the charity contacts the donaters to let them know they've donated something valuable? She bought it because she like it, she should keep it, or sell it if she wants, and feel no guilt.

Owllady Thu 31-Jul-14 21:26:35

I would like to think I would give it them back
But who knows

windchime Thu 31-Jul-14 21:28:23

Please tell us what it was.

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