Bury St Edmunds: Designer clothing is up for grabs at charity shop

SHOES by designers such as Prada, Manolo Blahnik and Marc Jacobs have been handed in to a charity shop in Bury St Edmunds.

Brand lovers have the chance to purchase the footwear - and help a good cause at the same time - at the Cancer Research UK shop in Abbeygate Street.

Manager Pauline Driver said a regular donor had given the items last Saturday including about 20 pairs of shoes - many with their boxes - a black Vivienne Westwood dress and a Lulu Guinness handbag.

The donation also included designer shoes by Gucci, Miu Miu and Jimmy Choo, but the Jimmy Choo pair - worth about �400 new - had been sold.

Mrs Driver said: “I have worked here 10 years now and I have never seen any Jimmy Choo, but we do get Prada and Gucci - we have got good donors here - but to have so many of such good quality is exceptional.”

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She added: “It’s always very exciting when you get donations like that.”

Mrs Driver said the busy store was one of the charity’s most profitable shops in the region.

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Often people came in just expecting to donate, but ended up buying something and then coming back, she said.

She added: “We have got a lot more younger people looking for the labels as they know we get quite a few here.”

The store also had a Christian Dior bracelet, belt and necklace for sale as well as a Burberry handbag.

Mrs Driver recommended Christmas shoppers pop in to bag a designer bargain for an extra special present.

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