80 Random And Unhinged Charity Shop Finds That Prove Shopping Secondhand Can Be Wild

We think there are a lot of things to love about secondhand shopping. It’s easy on the wallet, great for the environment, and you never know when you could stumble upon something truly unique at a random thrift store or garage sale. However, ‘unique’ doesn’t necessarily mean aesthetic or awesome! Sometimes, the stuff you come across is beyond bizarre and makes you do a double-take.

That’s where the popular ‘[Stuff] You Find in Charity Shops’ Facebook group comes in. This is _the original_ charity shop group that’s been “ripped off rotten by others” since being founded in 2013. Its members share pics of weird secondhand finds and enjoy poking fun at them. We’ve collected some of the strangest pics they’ve ever shared so you can see just how odd things can get, Pandas. Don’t forget to upvote your fave pics and join the group if you love their content.

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The founder of the group, Roland Saunders, was kind enough to answer Bored Panda’s questions about the community. Read on for our full interview with him.

#1 Sad Little Paper Mache Feather – For 20c It Came Home With Me. Lifeline Fairfield, Brisbane Au

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#2 Best Thing I Have Ever Found. A Brain Snow (Ash?) Globe. Red Hill Salvo’s, Queensland

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#3 Sue Ryder, Kingswood. It’s A Torch!

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Saunders, the founder of the Facebook group, shone the spotlight on the history of the community and what’s expected of the members.

“The group started in 2013 trying to make lyrics for a song which did get written and performed,” he told Bored Panda.

“Many other groups appeared afterwards so I really took the group seriously and worked on it daily,” Saunders said that the group inspired many other similar communities to form.

“Folks love commenting and posting odd stuff,” he explained why weird secondhand goods appeal to so many people as a topic in itself. The founder added that there were actually 5 charity shops near where he lived.

#4 £1.50 At Forces Support In Brierley Hill. It Was Love At First Sight & He’s Now Home With Me

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#5 You Can Snap This Up For A Mere £2 In The Hospice Shop In Wisbech, Cambs

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#6 Found This Gem In Southern Oregon USA!

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Saunders shared a bit more about the team running the group, as well as the challenges that they regularly face. 

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“We have a team of moderators now who share the burden of the enquiries/posts. The volunteers aren’t paid and members talk to them and expect a service. Facebook, eh?” he told Bored Panda.

Charity shopping, according to Saunders, “is an exciting thing to do because you never know what you’re going to find.”

“You can’t go into the shop and expect to find something because, more often than not, you’ll find something that you weren’t looking for. Then, of course, you find some highly inappropriate things like used sex toys they don’t realize are actually sex toys, overly revealing leotards, or mini erotic statues. Members take a pic pretending that they are taking it for a friend and post it on the group,” he shared.

#7 Found This Creepy Tracksuit At Age UK In Hale. I’ve Left It There For You Because I Don’t Want It

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#8 Barnardo’s Wanstead, London

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#9 Not Creepy At All Rspca Whitstable

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The founder of ‘[Stuff] You Find in Charity Shops’ shared that he’d been working in comedy “way before Facebook tightened up its standards,” so he’d already set out a “baseline set of rules about not victim-shaming or bullying.”

“We don’t allow tribal objects for example because although they might be funny, they encourage people to comment on inappropriate jokes. When you look at our roles, they have been carefully honed over time.” Saunders revealed that they have to deal with a lot of people who are trying to post adverts or extremely inappropriate or illegal content.

“Most members are from the UK and Australia, however, we actually reach many countries,” the founder told Bored Panda that they have a global audience, but Brits and Australians make up the majority. Not everyone in the world might have charity shops, however, everyone can still enjoy looking at and commenting on the weird things found there.

The founder of the group also revealed a very interesting (but rather expensive) tradition the community used to have before. “We used to give a mug away every month for the best post and most active member.” However, since the Facebook group isn’t monetized, the costs of sending these prizes quickly added up, so Saunders had to stop.

#10 Rainbow Llamas

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#11 I Have Absolutely No Idea. £2 Oxfam Belfast

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#12 The Hot Line. Mind In Christchurch. Dorset

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The ‘[Stuff] You Find in Charity Shops’ Facebook group has been up and running for an entire decade! In that time, the group has grown into a very active and dedicated online community that absolutely loves good humor and having a laugh. At the time of writing, the group had over 315.6k members. 

The entire point of the community is to post strange and low-quality secondhand finds, as well as to poke fun at the pics that others share. Laughing at bizarre items is encouraged. However, nobody should make fun of their fellow members.

#13 Staring Into My Soul Age UK. Olney

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#14 And They Called It Pussy Love

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#15 Cancer Research Shop In Hythe, Kent, UK. Both Very “Cute”, But Didn’t Come Home With Me! £3.99 Each

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According to the administrator and moderator team running the whole show, everyone should focus on the comedic side of things. So, for instance, there’s really no room for comments encouraging others to go back and buy all of those weird finds because they might net a neat profit when resold.

Members are encouraged to share the name of the shop as well as what part of the world it’s found in whenever they post a photo. If you feel that the item you’ve seen might offend someone else or be very insensitive, it’s best to err on the side of caution and leave it out.

#16 Inflatable Jesus. Children’s Society Wickford

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#17 Do I Know What It Is? No. Its Purpose? No. Was It £26? Yes It Was

Did I buy it from the joint account and tell my husband that I’d saved him the hassle of arranging a Mother’s Day gift for me? Yes I did. I even hid it in my son’s room so that I can forget about it for the next week and a half. (I told him where though)

Come Mother’s Day, I will mostly be drinking G&T from this vessel. Come Easter, if there’s an egg that fits neatly into it, I may have a taste. After that…. errrrm

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#18 After Realising It Wasn’t Mj But John Cleese Moon Moonwalking I Had To Edit It. Found In Severn Hospice, Telford

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There’s also no room for taxidermy items, furs, or animal horns. What’s more, Facebook users are asked not to post pics of shoes or boots because the difference in taste causes a lot of “needless drama” and unkindness between members. Who knew fashion made people so emotional?!

The founders of ‘[Stuff] You Find in Charity Shops’ also have a few other niche Facebook groups, including one for any treasures you stumble upon, creepy dolls, as well as Cliff Richard memorabilia. So there’s a bit of everything for everyone, depending on their taste. 

#19 “Hilarious”… Cancer Research, Cheshire

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#20 Air Ambulance, Stratford-Upon-Avon. A Need

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#21 Mr Blobbly Tea Pot Found In The Hospice Shop In Eltham Yesterday. I Secretly Quite Like This

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Going to charity shops, garage sales, and secondhand shops can be a lot of fun if you’ve got an adventurous spirit. You never truly know what you’ll find. So if you have some patience and flexibility, you can really come across something incredible—or incredibly dumb-looking! Whatever the case might be, you’re bound to make someone’s day if you share the photo online. There’s nothing quite like making others smile and laugh with dumb stuff.

Aside from the comedic aspect, buying secondhand goods really is a great approach to living in these economically weird times. You can save a lot of money if you’re willing to buy furniture, clothes, and items that aren’t exactly new. That means that you’re cutting costs and leaving yourself some cash for other things that we all love. Like paying rent! And buying food!!

#22 Dvd In The Vein Of Sharknado And Piranha. Cancer Research, Prestwich

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#23 Couldn’t Pass This By. Perfect For Christmas Jumper Day. £6 Bhf, St Ives, Cambs

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#24 Barnados Milton Keynes

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Secondhand shopping is also a fantastic way to reduce your carbon footprint and be more eco-conscious. When you’re using something that would otherwise have been thrown out, it means that you’re voting with your wallet and not paying for the production of new items.

Statista notes that the apparel market amounted to $1.53 trillion in 2022, set to grow to $1.7 trillion. Meanwhile, BBC Future points out that a jaw-dropping 85% of all textiles are thrown away in the United States. This amounted to 13 million tons in 2017 or 37 kilograms (81.6 pounds) of clothes per American.

#25 I Travelled Halfway Round The World To Find It! Alexandra Tip Shop, Nz

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#26 We Can Say My Thrifting Session Had A Rocky Start… Goodwill In San Francisco, Ca. USA

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#27 Those Little Scamps Malcom And Monty Have Clearly Been Watching South Park

Send ‘em to the Tower and off with their heads… Gracing the window of Fundraising Shop, Hayes, only a confident young man would be bold to team a tasseled cardi with form fitting floral Capri pants. The animal print legging hugging Malcolm’s manly form are expertly enhanced by an 80’s denim waistcoat Shakin’ Stevens would be proud of.

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Meanwhile, Earth.org looked at just how much waste there is when it comes to the fashion industry. It’s responsible for a fifth of all global water pollution and 3% of CO2 emissions around the world.

It takes roughly 20,000 liters (5,283 gallons) of water to produce a single kilogram of cotton. That translates to roughly 2,700 liters (713 gallons) per t-shirt (aka enough for a single person to drink for 900 days). 

#28 Tempted Anyone? Can You Find A Space On Your Wall? £2 Bargain At Catherine House Hospice Norton Bridge – Eccleshall

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#29 Mencap, Derby… Not Sure Why This Exists!

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#30 Oxfam Belfast, 1 Quid For That Smelly Da In Your Life

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The reality is that only around 12% of the material used for clothing actually ends up being recycled. Many materials used for our clothes simply can’t be recycled, so they’re burned or dumped. Some possible solutions to this would be to change what materials are used, upgrade our recycling technologies, and encourage people to buy and sell secondhand clothing.

#31 A Strawberry Fish. Or Is It A Fishy Strawberry? Katharine House Hospice Shop In Hednesford

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#32 Who Knows What That Wolf Has Ingested…….help The Aged, Maidenhead £4.99

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#33 £5. Butterfly Hospice Shop, Louth. “Oh My God” Indeed

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#34 Genuinely Perplexed As To Whether This Is A Child Facing The Viewer Looking Down Or A Very Hairy Body Builder Looking Away

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#35 Found This Pig In Red Cross Shop In Street, UK. £6 She Looks So Happy !!!

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#36 Dorothy House, Keynsham UK

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#37 I Found This In Salvation Army In Daventry And Thought It Was Gross… My Cousin Was Too Slow To Go Get It As He’s Gone Home Already

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#38 Oxfam…worthing

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#39 £5 For This Role Poly Cat. Lighthouse, Buxton

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#40 Who Needs Ashes Of Someone Else’s Problem In Laws? Goodwill, Clearwater Fl

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#41 Been Waiting To Find Something Worthy Of This Page. So Here It Is…this Delightful Piece. It Is Just Hideous

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#42 A Cup Sue Ryder Blackburn Definitely C**p

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#43 Oxfam Manchester £2.99

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#44 Found The Most Epic Little Dude In The Ymca In Norwich Today. He Had No Price Tag But I Cant Stop Thinking About Him

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#45 Talk Of The Shop Weirdly No One Will Buy It $15 City Mission Tasmania

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#46 Very Very Tempting… First Tomato Ive Seen In Weeks ! Princess Alice Hospice, Dorking UK

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#47 Just What You Need ‘The Boob Glass’. Seen At Cats Protection, Morden, UK

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#48 Perfect For Someone Who Works In A Job Centre

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#49 Fancy A Game Anyone?

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#50 Florence Nightingale Hospice, Chinnor, Oxfordshire. £2 Each. No Sniggering, And No I Didn’t!

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#51 Just Why. Big Cancer Research Blackburn Big One

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#52 St Peter’s Hospice, Kingswood. Looks Like Me First Thing In The Morning

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#53 Saw This In Age UK At North Point Shopping Centre In Hull Safe To Say Brenda Did Not Come Home With Me

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#54 Unfortunately The Guide Didn’t Have Anything In. Myton Hospice, Rugby

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#55 Oh Hell No, Rspca Glastonbury

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#56 Marie Curie Exeter It Was Open…

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#57 Barnados. Alfreton. My Favourite Ever Find. (Just To Add: I Didn’t Buy It)

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#58 Truly Hideous. Can’t Imagine Anyone Ever Thinking “They’ll Look Lovely On My Sideboard”. Cats’ Protection, Cowbridge

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#59 Wonder What They Are Looking At. Sue Ryder, Stow On The Wold

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#60 Found At The Goodwill In Alvin Tx. It Is Now My Sleep Poncho

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#61 This Little Beauty With A Face Made From A Thistle Can Be Yours For Only £3. Found In Llandudno, British Heart Foundation Shop… I Think

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#62 For That George Michael Fan In Your Life, A Phone Case

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#63 A China Handbag , But You’ll Need To Part With A Real Handbag Full Of Cash To Buy It. Little Chalfont, Buckinghamshire

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#64 Perfect For The Winter Months…only £2.50, Ymca In Peterlee

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#65 I Wish I Knew A Fiona. Ymca Middleton Reduced To 50p For Some Reason

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#66 Always Something To Catch Your Attention At Goodwill, Richmond, Va!

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#67 Found At Sue Ryder In Skleton. I Feel Like Some People Might Like This One

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#68 Erm….spotted In Ymca Prenton

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#69 Sense, Bradford

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#70 This Old Vinyl Record Beauty From The 70’s Can Be Yours For Just 3€

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#71 Shelter Shop In Eastbourne, East Sussex, UK. No Words Really

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#72 I Don’t Understand. Creep It Real? Salvos, Nowra (Australia) $3

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#73 These Are Particularly Tasteful. I Resisted The Temptation. Cancer Research, Abergavenny

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#74 Didn’t Spot The Price But Found In A Hospice Ni In Belfast

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#75 Found In Barnardos Burnley. Don’t Think They Put This Lusty Fellow Out For Sale Though

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#76 All They Need Is A Cigarette. Wells . Heart Foundation

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#77 It’s A Cushion. It’s In Sue Ryder In Gloucester, If You Can’t Live Without It! £3.25 – Excellent Value For A Thin Wad Covered In Shiny Polyester Tumble!!

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#78 East Lancashire Hospice Shop Darwen A Very Wierd Mug Seen Lots Of C**p Mugs Recently

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#79 I Cringed At This Hoodie… Then Asked My Brother If He Wanted Me To Get It For His Pregnant Girlfriend. Red Cross, Poole

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#80 Proper Gangsta. £3 Ymca, St Ives, Cambs

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