Edinburgh charity shop makes remarkable sale of £4000 Ralph Lauren chair

Last month, Bethany Christian Trust Volunteers were left stunned when a set of bespoke chairs, modelled after Louis XVI, were anonymously donated.

Saturday, 12th June 2021, 4:55 am
Updated Monday, 14th June 2021, 3:58 pm

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After being verified as genuine the chairs were put on sale at the Morningside charity shop for £2500 each, or £4000 for the pair.

The top of the line chairs which are finished in a bespoke ebonised walnut and feature an ornate frame with silver beading around the cushion were valued at £8,000 when brand new.

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A set of luxury chairs are on sale for £2500 each at the Bethany Christian Trust’s Morningside shop.
A set of luxury chairs are on sale for £2500 each at the Bethany Christian Trust’s Morningside shop.

The dramatic design caught the eye of one shopper who bagged a bargain taking home one of the impressive chairs for only £2000.

Speaking to the Evening News today the store manager confirmed that one of the designer chairs has been snapped up but the other is still searching for a new home.

Hoping to appeal to shoppers on the other side of the city, the chair has been moved to the charity’s Stockbridge shop.

Head of Group Income Generation Stephanie Miller said: “These rare designer chairs have continued to generate a lot of interest in our shops. We were delighted when the first one sold, bringing in much needed income for our work supporting people facing homelessness across Scotland. We hope to sell the second one at our Stockbridge shop soon and are very grateful to the anonymous donor who gifted us such valuable pieces.”

Valued at £8000 when brand new, the ornate furniture has attracted dozens of shoppers.

Director of income generation at Bethany Christian Trust John Rogers added: "We are very grateful for all donations we receive from our community of supporters. Their generosity helps us to provide outreach, drop in support, shelter, befriending, new opportunities and professional support to people who are homeless and in need across Scotland.”

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