Olympic games maker uniform among weird and wonderful items Bristol charity shop set to auction off
Opera glasses, a 19th century stationery cabinet and London 2012 Olympics games maker uniform are among the more unusual items that a charity shop is inviting bids for.
The Barnardo’s shop in Henleaze has decided to hold a silent auction of some of the more unusual and valuable items that have been donated.
It will be the third time the charity shop has used an auction to raise more money for particularly unique items, with previous events having raised more than £800 for the charity.
Top hats, vases and radios are also among the items people can put in bids for.
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The closing date is Friday March 1 and all items must be paid for and collected by the following Friday March 8.
Barnardo’s shop manager Judith Swetman said: “We ran our first silent auction in 2011 and it was such a success that we immediately decided it should become an annual event.
“Previous years have included donations of signed football shirts and autobiographies, but we’re always surprised by some of the more unusual items.
“This year we’ve received all sorts of interesting gifts from Royal Doulton figurines, Victorian brass candlesticks and old smoking pipes, to African bead games and antique corkscrews and stoneware.
“Some have been checked by professionals so we’ll have a good idea of whether or not we’re being offered a fair price.
“Customers are welcome to view the display and then leave their written bids in the box provided.
“We are sincerely grateful for each and every donation – now we need to make the most of people’s generosity to raise as much money as possible to support vulnerable children.”
The Barnardo’s Henleaze shop is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and donations including good-quality clothes, books, toys and games, as well as offers of help from potential volunteers. Call 0117 962 2191 for more information.