A mystery donor has given designer goods worth more than £500,000 to an online clothing donation platform.
The anonymous donation of shoes, dresses and bags is the largest single gift of designer clothes that the social enterprise Thrift+ has received. It includes more than 400 pairs of shoes worth in excess of £150,000 as well as 150 dresses, 75 bags and more than £6,000 worth of jewellery from some of the world’s most famous designers, including Stella McCartney and Victoria Beckham, as well as luxury brands such as Valentino, Prada and Givenchy.
Items are already selling fast on the website and some of the most sought-after include a Gucci bag worth more than £2,500, a Chloe dress worth £2,600 and a pair of Alexander McQueen boots worth £1,160.
Joe Metcalfe, founder of Thrift+, said: "When we received this donation, we were shocked. We knew that the total value would be high because the clothes were from such high-end designers, but we had no idea they would be worth a whopping £500,000. Our shoppers are already snapping them up. Last week we sold a beautiful Louis Vuitton bag within minutes of uploading it.
"It’s so exciting to be able to help this donor raise money for a cause that doesn’t have high-street charity shops. We hope that the story of this unbelievable donation will encourage more people to donate their second-hand clothes to the specific charity with which they feel a connection."
Each item that is donated to Thrift+ is checked for quality and authenticity before an algorithm uses online data of similar items to automatically value it and make sure it is listed for a fair price. Donors are rewarded with 25 per cent of the sale price as credit in the store, but the anonymous donor in this case has waived this, so all proceeds will go to the charity they chose, the women's empowerment organisation Dress for Success.