Volunteer at Vinnies Gladstone, Irene Dudley, says the thrift store’s $1 bra sale has been a winner. Photo Ross Irby / The Observer
Volunteer at Vinnies Gladstone, Irene Dudley, says the thrift store’s $1 bra sale has been a winner. Photo Ross Irby / The Observer Ross Irby

Sale right on the knocker

AN eye-popping bra sale has been a knockout success for Vinnies in Gladstone, with tub loads of preloved bras bowling over happy shoppers.

All shapes and all sizes, from the big, the bold and beautiful to the lacy, petite and even a little saucy, the colourful bras have been disappearing out the Vinnies door at a fast rate.

Discerning ladies of Gladstone can spot a bargain a mile away and, for just $1 a pair, you simply can't knock them.

Vinnies volunteer Irene Dudley said Boxing Day sales were no match for a day of trading when other charity stores were closed.

Store manager Rose Hasler agreed.

"We had eight tub loads of bras and we're now down to one," she said.

"We have sold nine bras at a time, just walking out the door..."

Ms Hasler and Ms Dudley say lingerie items are always popular, especially the sexier Burlesque style, which is enjoying a renewed interest.

They say women hold Burlesque-themed parties and often visit the store to browse for items to complete their outfits.

Ms Dudley said whalebone-style bustiers were big sellers.

The store also receives its share of the unusual, weird or, at times, horrible and vulgar pre-loved donations.

Ms Dudley said the Vinnies store, for example, no longer stocked the book 50 Shades of Grey, which some people found offensive.

More offensive, however, was a picture of a girl wearing a pearl earring with a bullet hole though her forehead. It was binned straightaway, she said. Among recently donated oddities was a big stein-like harpoon-shaped beer mug, while there are also the mysterious.

"We always get something we don't know what it is and have to ask around," Ms Dudley said.

Staff always check through the donated goods for items overlooked and last month found a passport that they returned to its owner.



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