Designer clothing bonanza for city charity shop

Amongst the designer items on offer is a Cabbages and Roses dress which originally cost £180

A CHARITY shop in one of Scotland’s richest districts hopes to raise thousands by selling off designer clothing donated by well-heeled customers.

Clothing from top fashion houses Burberry and Marc Jacobs have been donated to the Stockbridge store, run by homeless charity ShelterScotland.

The store now plans to put them in a single sale on January 3.

Up for grabs are a Burberry Green Wool Cape Coat priced at £80, a Marc Jacobs dress for just £50 and a Cabbages and Roses linen coat, on sale at £60.

All three labels are known for their high quality – and high original price tags.

The charity has also been given a number of vintage and collectable items, including a solid silver evening purse from the 1920s.

The items are part of the store’s annual designer sale, which last year raised £12,000.

Pete Jew, manager of ShelterScotland’s Stockbridge shop, said:  “We are really excited about this year’s sale. As well as Burberry and Marc Jacobs we’ve got lots of other unique designer pieces and antique collectables on offer that we hope shoppers will be keen to snap up.

“Our annual sale has been a fantastic success in previous years and we hope this year will be no different. Shoppers will not only be able to pick up fantastic designer brands at discount prices but all funds raised will go towards supporting  Shelter Scotland’s work to help people struggling with housing issues and homelessness.”

Deputy manager Hannah MacIntosh believes that the location and reputation of the store contribute to the quality of donations they receive: “We tend to keep the very good things for the launch each year but we get really good stuff all through the year.

“We’re lucky with where the shop is and the manager Pete has brought the reputation of the shop up as well so we get loads of really good donations.

“We get a mix of customers because people just wander about to see what interesting odd stuff they can find, and a lot of people shop in here that wouldn’t necessarily shop in a charity shop because they know we get a lot of designer stuff in.”

The sale opens at 10am at ShelterScotland’s Stockbridge shop at 104A Raeburn Place, Edinburgh.