Thrift Store Employees Reveal the Weirdest Donations They’ve Ever Received
From creepy and unnerving to just plain hilarious, these stories of real donations prove that there’s never a dull moment working for a thrift store.
A very realistic doll
“One time we got a very old small trunk and one of the employees opened it up and screamed. There was an old doll laying inside and she thought for a second that it was a real child.”—Morrell
An entire truck full of escargot
Shark Bait, oo ha ha!
Courtesy Sarah Gray
“[We once received] a giant-sized set of the [tiki statues] from the aquarium from Finding Nemo.”—Gray. On the other hand, these are 15 things you should think twice about donating.
This sporty gator
“You see the inner workings of everyone’s lives…things that have been [in their houses] forever. Taxidermy is a good example. You see some pretty interesting taxidermy. We [got] a taxidermied alligator that was swinging a golf club; posed and playing golf.”—Brian Graves, co-founder of EVERYTHING BUT THE HOUSE (EBTH), an online estate sale marketplace
This frog quintet
“[We also received] a group of taxidermied frogs [that] were posed as a mariachi band playing instruments.”—Graves. Check out some more slightly unnerving things that have been found in people’s homes.
This unusual fashion statement
“[We also received] a ‘waste basket’ yellow pages paper dress. Back in the 1960s, they would take the yellow pages, découpage them, and turn them into a dress. [Women] would wear these dresses made of paper.”—Graves
This immediate sin cleanser
“We came across a holy water dispenser that kind of looked like a fire hydrant. It says ‘Holy Water’ with a tap at the bottom. A lot of times, these things are really ornate… but this looked like something that would’ve been sitting on the counter at a speakeasy or a saloon, and if you needed some holy water, you could go grab it.”—Graves. You think thrift store workers’ lives are crazy? Check out the wackiest things Walmart employees have seen at work.