A charity shop has joined the ranks of Aberdeen’s high-fashion retailers after a mystery donor bequeathed thousands of pounds worth of designer clothes.
Staff and volunteers at Shelter Scotland’s shop on Union Street were amazed when they received boxes full of men’s designer shirts, suits and ties.
Brands include Vivienne Westwood, Peter Van Holland and Hope and Glory.
The items – which are all in mint condition, many with the original price tags still on – are now being sold in the charity shop for a fraction of their original price tag.
The donation is thought be be worth over £5,000 – enough to help 500 households through Shelter Scotland’s free national helpline.
Bargains include Peter Van Holland suits worth £325 selling for £50, Hope and Glory jumpers worth £60 selling for £8.50 and Energie boots worth £120 on sale for £50.
There are also hats from A Christensen, Orican leather belts and Psycho Cowboy shirts.
Shop manager Kylie Cooney said: “We’ve been gobsmacked by this generous donation and can’t thank whoever donated it enough.
“We’re humbled that they chose to donate to Shelter Scotland and want them to know that every penny we raise from selling these items will go towards helping households facing homelessness and bad housing here in Aberdeen and across the whole of Scotland.”
She added: “While this generous donation will go a long way to make a difference to families and individuals facing housing crisis, we are always in desperate need of donations to help raise funds.
“People in Aberdeen have shown their support for Shelter Scotland time and again and we’re urging them to continue to back us as we work to help more people who are facing the human tragedy of homelessness.
“We urge local people to search through their wardrobes, cupboards and attics and drop in to the shop with their goods.
“Donations don’t have to have a designer label; whether they’re as good as new or have seen better days – all donations are welcome.”
In Aberdeen, 1,282 households made homelessness applications in the past year.