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Just cut the c**p, advises Queen of Charity Shops

PUBLISHED: 18:07 03 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:27 12 August 2010

COUNTER-ATTACK: Mary Portas.

COUNTER-ATTACK: Mary Portas.

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A ONE-LEGGED Barbie doll, some muddy rugby boots and even some dirty underwear… These were just some of the treats in store for retail queen Mary Portas when she visited Orpington to transform a dowdy charity shop into a High Street haven. Filming for B

A ONE-LEGGED Barbie doll, some muddy rugby boots and even some dirty underwear...

These were just some of the treats in store for retail queen Mary Portas when she visited Orpington to transform a dowdy charity shop into a High Street haven.

Filming for BBC2's Mary Queen of Charity Shops took place last year, with the Save the Children charity shop kicking off the series, which was due to be aired on Tuesday night.

But the show may leave some donors to the store a little

red-faced as, clutching some tongs to sift through the

items, Ms Portas gasps at

items such as faded clothes and even a baby's nappy. Describing it as "the sort of c**p you get at the end of a car boot sale", Ms Portas clearly has her work cut out in Orpington.

As well as focusing on how the outlets operate, including the volunteer staff, she also tackles the public perception of charity shops.

"I want to turn these hardworking and dedicated volunteers into clued-up retail experts," she said. "Their jumble sale stock into must-have collections.

"At the same time, I intend to radically change consumer shopping habits, and prove a trip to a local charity outlet can be a fun and rewarding experience.

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