THE death of a local resident has provided a charity shop with an excellent selection of secondhand books, clothes and records, it has emerged.
After Bill McKay, aged 68, expired, his worldly goods showed up in the shop near where he lived in Chichester and were immediately fallen upon by enthusiastic bargain hunters.
James Bates, aged 52, said: “As soon as I walked in I knew someone had recently pegged it and I had struck a goldmine.
“It wasn’t someone uselessly young who hadn’t had time to build up a complete collection of Stephen King novels. But they weren’t so old and unfashionable that I’d have been ashamed to rock the high-quality shirts and chinos that had appeared on the men’s rack.
“Someone with a bit of disposable income who could afford to buy all the Steely Dan albums remastered on vinyl had snuffed it. There’s nothing more tragic than when a casual music fan dies, leaving nothing behind except a few crappy Now compilations on CD.
“Best of all this guy had apparently keeled over shortly after purchasing a lovely pair of brown leather brogues. They’re four sizes too big, but you can’t complain when something’s practically brand new.”
Charity shop volunteer Mary Fisher said: “Don’t get too excited, sunshine. It’ll be your turn soon enough.”