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Quirky donations are magic and music to Stafford and Stone charity shops

By Kerry.Ashdown  |  Posted: July 05, 2014


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A MASK said to have magical powers and a designer label satchel are among the weird and wonderful donations made to charity shops in Stafford and Stone.

The two have made a top 10 of quirky donations put up for sale on British Heart Foundation’s eBay store after being handed in to the charity’s West Midlands stores.

The hand-carved mask, which has real human hair, was donated to the Stone BHF shop.

A BHF spokesperson said: “The Nordic spirit mask was said to hold magical powers and used in magical practice but it is not known when it was made or by whom. The mask will soon be available to bid on at bhf.org.uk/ebay.”

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Stafford’s BHF store received the vintage leather satchel, made by renowned brand The Bridge. It netted £100.52 for the charity after 12 keen bidders joined the online auction.

The town’s furniture and electrical store in Princes Street was donated a Yamaha PSR 2000 Portatone electric keyboard. The instrument came complete with stand, manual and built-in floppy disk drive and raised £462.29 online.

An eagle-eyed volunteer at another Staffordshire shop spotted that a tarnished cornet, with dents and scratches, was a rare item made by 19th Century British brass instrument manufacturer Distin & Co. Despite its defects the cornet still worked well and sold for £1,953.

Other unusual items handed in to BHF stores in the region include a rare first pressing of the Beatles’ 1963 LP Please, Please Me, which fetched £162.

Andrew Shaw, BHF’s eBay Manager, says, “It’s amazing what people donate to BHF shops. When staff spot high-value and unique items, they send them over to us and we list them on eBay.

This means we not only get the best price for the rare and beautiful items, but that these objects are available to many more people than they would be if they were just sold in the shop they were donated to.

“One hundred per cent of the profits raised from these items go into the fight against heart disease, helping the BHF continue its life-saving work.”

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