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Weirdest Things Donated To Goodwill

Updated September 23, 2021 14.8k votes 3.2k voters 1.7m views16 items

Ah, Goodwill! Who doesn’t love the thrill of sifting through moth-ball laden garments for the occasional treasure that promises to reveal itself to those who have the patience to really dig? Well, here we’ve collected a list of the weirdest items ever donated to a Goodwill store. You see, in the thrill of the hunt, many times you may never notice the bizarre collection of items you sift right past that are actually treasures in their own - albeit sometimes borderline creepy - right. Fear not, however, for on display below you’ll find a collection of some of the weirdest things donated to Goodwill in all of thrift store history.

What can you donate to Goodwill? What will Goodwill accept? We combed the web for the weirdest, tackiest, and just plain strange donations ever dropped off at a Goodwill thrift store, and the offerings did not disappoint. So pull on that $2 cardigan and take a look at the strangest things people’s closets have coughed up over the years.

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    A Loaded Grenade Launcher

    Photo: MarinaJord / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

    Employees at a Goodwill store in Tampa, FL, made an unpleasant discovery in their donation bin on January 28, 2018: a grenade launcher, complete with a live grenade. Apparently it had been sent by another store – no one realized what it was.

    The authorities disposed of the grenade and locked up the weapon.

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    This Insanely Real-Looking Artificial Decomposing Leg

    When the Goodwill worker who discovered this rotted-looking thing sitting in a stained suitcase that had been donated to a store in Fort Worth, TX, she actually fainted! Thankfully, what seemed like a ridiculously realistic looking rotting leg turned out to be... fake. Further inspection revealed a plastic seam that the sorter had failed to notice at first - and clearly for good reason. Was it a dark practical joke? Leftover Halloween decorations? We'll never know.

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    Yep, That's Definitely A Coffin

    We only have two hopes concerning this donation item

    1) That someone finds it and can use it for years... or centuries to come. 
    2) That its unused.
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    This Live Grenade

    Not only did this live grenade donation give a very real scare to employees at a Goodwill store in Texas, a professional had to be called in to disarm it.

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