Norwich shop receives collection of rare vintage items
PUBLISHED: 14:14 16 October 2018 | UPDATED: 14:25 16 October 2018
A Norwich charity shop has received a collection of rare, vintage items by the carload after a 52-year-old woman's clear out.
The woman, who has spent the last 20 years collecting items from the 1800s to the 1950s, has donated her loot to a charity shop on Unthank Road.
East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices’ (EACH) branch, just outside the city centre, currently has a Victorian pram, Singer sewing machine, Chinese vases, Noddy memorabilia, die-cast Disney figures, rare first edition Ladybird books and more on its shop floor.
The vintage goods have been donated by Caroline Clancy, a mother-of-two and former teacher who lives on Pembroke Road.
Sally Rix, the shop manager, said: “Caroline first brought goods to us on August 29 and followed that with two carloads a day for some time.
“I know she’s found the process to be cathartic and I understand there are more donations to come.”
Mrs Clancy grew her collection by visiting various charity shops and car boot sales.
She kept the items in cupboards, cabinets and suitcases at her home, however, she decided it was time for a clear-out after running out of space.
Mrs Rix said: “A typewriter has sold for £85 and we’ve had an offer of £100 for a rocking horse.
“If you’re having a clear-out yourself, do bring along anything you’d like to donate.”
EACH shops are supported by hundreds of volunteers and have generated a profit of over £900,000 in the last financial year.
The charity relies on voluntary donations and fundraising for the majority of its income.
The charity’s Unthank Road outlet was in the news earlier this year after receiving a donation of millions of years old mammal bones, which were sold at auction for over £1,500.
All money received by EACH goes towards the care and support of children and young people with life-threatening conditions, and their families, across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk.
For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds, visit www.each.org.uk or call the Norfolk fundraising office on 01953 666767.