Rare miniature cars pull in more than £4,000 for West Wickham charity shop

PUBLISHED: 14:39 21 June 2017 | UPDATED: 15:49 21 June 2017

The display of miniature cars inside the Salvation Army store in West Wickham

The display of miniature cars inside the Salvation Army store in West Wickham


All of the cars sold within four weeks of being donated

When Sandra Leech discovered hundreds of cars delivered to her charity shop doorstep, she could only have dreamed that £4,000 lay before her.

The West Wickham shop manager of the Salvation Army charity store had received a call days before from a donor claiming he had 100 miniature cars for her to get ready to sell.

But when they arrived, Mrs Leech discovered the owner, who was leaving for Spain was ready to get rid of his beloved, had tripled the original number, with many being limited editions in black ash showcases.

Volunteers from the shop had to escort the haul from the donor’s home back to the shop, where it was put on extensive display inside the shop on May 5.

By June 6 the shelves had been emptied, bringing in more than £4,000 to the store, with hotly-collected cars made by Franklin Mint and Corgi Collectibles that included Rolls Royces and Cadillacs, as well as a replica model of Lightning McQueen from the film Cars selling from £10 to £120.

Speaking after the final sale, Mrs Leech said: “We couldn’t believe the size of the collection when we received it, from experience I know how important it is to research the value of collector’s items like this and I was thrilled to discover that some of the cars were worth about £150.

“I was really pleased with how well the cars sold, and so grateful to the gentleman who donated them, we’ve sent an email over to thank him and let him know how much we managed to raise.

“These kinds of donations don’t happen every day, but when they do I know that the funds raised will make such an impact to people who are helped by The Salvation Army.

“In the past we’ve also received a cello which was broken, but we managed to find a music shop owner who could repair it and he bought it from us for £650.

“Another time we had 16kilos worth of Lego come in, and that raised £180, but this is definitely the most successful donation I’ve seen since I first joined three years ago.”

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