15 Goodwill Employees Reveal The Strangest Donations They’ve Received

Goodwill is a great thrift store to find some incredibly weird, used items. Looking for a doll that also doubles as a candlestick holder? They’ve got you covered. Want a colorful windbreaker from 1982 that has a receipt in the pocket for a vintage Slim Jim? Yep, that’s somewhere among the racks of clothes. Don’t believe us? Just listen to these stories about the odd things Goodwill employees have actually seen donated to the store.


Srianen found someone’s grandma:

“I was volunteering at a Goodwill once and while sorting donations, came upon an urn that still contained the ash of human remains.”


RicardoAnaya gets a tasty treat:

“hard boiled eggs. They didn’t want to eat them but also they didn’t want to throw them away so they thought of donating them”


onionofyourbusiness and the magic jar:

“A glass jar labeled “fart june. 1975””


MythicalHobo discovers a little something extra:

“3-man tent. All poles, excellent condition, complete with shit-filled underwear stashed away in one of the pockets attached to said tent.”


spicywookiee has a delicious meal:

“Old porn DVD’s donated with a crockpot full of moldy bean water.”


SlackerNerd has received a ton of goodies:

“Hey, a question I can answer, I’ve gotten lots of stuff! The usual sex toys, lots of weed, I got a barrel of wine, used needles (one of which I found with my finger), once accidentally accepted a cat hiding in box of clothes. There were things like 14 ft Christmas tree, Nazi lantern, knit dick sock, a guy tried to give me his truck once, which apparently my store does take vehicles but those are picked up after paperwork is filled out not donated directly to the store. My lead got mad me for taking a bouncy castle once.”


thepurplehedgehog finds a dirty dildo:

“The used vibrator was a highlight, with the added touch of a single pube stuck to it. The dead mouse was….a somewhat different experience.
The homemade jam was a nice one. We couldn’t sell it but we had pre-opening staff toast parties in honour of Mrs Old Lady and her homemade plum jam!”


xNekozushi gets an egg in these trying times:

“We got a winter jacket with a lice comb and an extremely old hard boiled egg once. My coworker took the egg out back and chucked it, which is how we found out about it being hard boiled… Also people have accidentally donated their groceries before, that’s always interesting.”


SparkyMountain finds a real head scratcher:

“Worked there one summer at a satellite drop-off area by a bar.
Weirdest was a medical study skull made from a real human skull. It came in a legit medical study supply box. The top of the skull was cut and hinged.”


rafferty85 has a plethora of old technology:

“A briefcase of about 20 display model cellphones.. this is pre-smartphones. Just fake cellphones, display models, from a cellphone store. They don’t turn on, they don’t have batteries, no electronics.
Also used underwear with streakmarks.”


mohawk_ADE gets a new pet:

“A Blazer Vest with a LIVE BAT comfortably nestled inside it, cute little guy.
Never got pictures, was before the age of smartphones I’m afraid. Got the thickest pair of gloves to carefully grab him and release him outside.”


hecticengine may or may not be using their findings:

“An S/M collection. There was a whip, a fur glove, several heavily illustrated insanely violent novels from the 70s, and other stuff I’ve forgotten. My manager let me take most of it for .99 an item. She kept the fur glove.”


burntends97 must dance:

“This guy brought in a metal Dance Dance Revolution pad that looked like it was harvested off of an original arcade machine”


ANoiseChild points out a fundamental flaw:

“A book with “Bible for the deaf” written across the cover while the rest of it was written in Braille…
They kinda missed the point with that one.”


PM_MeYourSnootBoops gets a box of nightmares:

“Got a box full of rubber baby faces once. Must have been about two dozen of them. Sold them to some guy who had never come in before for 6 bucks. What a steal.”



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