Thrift store employees have seen it all. They’ve come across some extraordinary donations over the years from the mundane to the bizarre. A user asked on the forum, “Goodwill/thrift shop workers, what are some of the strangest things you’ve found in the donations?”
Here are some responses he got!
KANGAROO SCROTUM COIN PURSE
“I worked in donations. On the same day, we got a pickled baby tiger shark and a coin purse made from a kangaroo scrotum.”
“A classmate of mine found a human skull that was donated. It still had remnants of humans on it. They reported it to the police, and it turns out it was part of an active murder investigation one state over.”
“My aunt’s a cop and had to go investigate a donated hand grenade.”
ZIPLOCK BAG FULL OF GOLD AND PLATINUM JEWELRY
“Some rich old lady came in and donated a ziplock bag full of gold and platinum jewelry – it was real.”
“Someone donated an entire trash bag full of dirty diapers.”
HUGE BEANIE BABY COLLECTIONS
“Guess someone finally figured out after 20 years that they weren’t a solid investment. You hear about it, but I never really saw it before.”
SINGER AUTOBIOGRAPHY BOOK
“One time, someone donated a book (some country singer’s autobiography I believe) that had been massively defaced by a complete lunatic. That’s not a great description, but fortunately I took pictures:”
MOBILE PHONE WITH PHOTOS OF POLICEMAN
“A mobile phone with many photos of a local policeman wearing his girlfriend’s underwear. I securely deleted those. He owes me a get-out-of-jail-free card for that.”
HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA
“A high school diploma still in its leather case. We were selling it for $1.39.”
“An adult movie inside a Clifford the Big Red Dog DVD case.”
TWO FACE SUIT
“I found a full Tommy Lee Jones Two face suit. I look fantastic in it. Only $15.”
TRANSORBITAL LOBOTOMY TOOLSET
“I was sorting out some donated items and came across an unusual set of tools. After conducting some research, we discovered that it was a full transorbital lobotomy tool set. It was donated to a local university for display. A vintage set in good condition can sell for around $1,000.”
“It happened so often that we had to wear gloves to go through clothing. I washed everything at least once to be safe. Who doesn’t wear underwear and says, ” I’ll donate it and not wash it?”
“Highlights include someone recounting the time they bit someone and a tale of an explosive funeral. They make for a good read, but why wouldn’t you throw them out?”
SIGNED FIRST EDITION OF HARRY POTTER
“Finally, a question I can answer: I once found a signed first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. It was strange to me why anyone would give it away!? I managed to buy it for 50p, and it’s my prized possession today.”
EX GIRLFRIEND POSSESSIONS
“My manager said she came to the shop once, and bin bags were waiting at the front of the store. It was obvious to her while going through the bag that a guy had just tipped all of his (ex-) girlfriend’s possessions into bin bags and had donated them to us.”
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