Vivienne Westwood heels donated to charity shop in Tyrone
A local charity shop and three would-be Cinderellas enjoyed an early Christmas present this week when a generous donor gave away three pairs of new designer shoes.
The donation to the Dungannon branch of Marie Curie put a smile on the faces of three lucky ladies who snapped up the luxury items within hours.
Shop manager Mandy Baxter was gobsmacked when a local woman brought in the boxed designer goodies with labels and prices still on.
A rarity for a second-hand shop, the shoes walked out of the store within mere hours of going on display.
The bargains bagged by the three ladies, all size 8, included shocking pink suede stilettos by Vivienne Westwood (retail price £128), which sold at Marie Curie for £40; glamorous animal print boots with gold bow by Irregular Choice (retail price £180), which were snapped up for £45; and a multi-coloured United Nude ankle boot (retail price £130), which went for £40.
Mandy said: "I could barely contain my excitement when I saw what the lady was pulling out of the big bag she brought in.
"My eyes popped when I saw these expensive shoes, all in their boxes and all brand new.
"It is very rare to get something as good as that, and to get such a prize donation is really exciting for us.
"Our shoes normally sell for between £4 and £10, so to be able to sell a single pair for £45 was amazing, and it means that they paid for two hours of care by a Marie Curie nurse."
Mandy was so thrilled by the generosity that she shared pictures of the shoes on her Facebook page and was stunned at how quickly news spread that there were bargain designer heels up for grabs.
She added: "One girl messaged me that night and begged me to keep a pair for her, and another girl was standing at the door of the shop when I arrived to open up the next day.
"She went straight to the window and grabbed a pair of the shoes and told me her sister had seen them on Facebook. The shoes certainly didn't sit for long - they walked out of the shop."
The proud owner of the pair of Irregular Choice shoes, Lurgan beautician Natalie Thompson (25), told the Belfast Telegraph: "I'm thrilled. I feel like Cinderella. I could never afford to buy a pair of Irregular Choice, but I love their designs. It is an early Christmas present to me from me and a real bargain."