AS THE saying goes, one man's trash is another's treasure, and charity shops in the borough are brimming with all manner of unusual donations.
From a rare pair of Victorian reproduction Satsuma vases worth £200, to a designer handbag containing £600 in cash, it appears Hillingdon's shops are a veritable Aladdin's Cave.
Other rather more peculiar finds have included false teeth, grass cuttings, dirty underwear, and even a pair of tarantulas.
Loraine Bignell, manager of Thames Valley Hospice, in High Street, Uxbridge, was lucky enough to unearth the Satsuma vases in her daily rummage through donations.
She said: "We regularly receive antiques, many being brands made popular by bargain-hunting television shows, such as Wedgewood, Wade, Doulton and Spoode.
"The Satsuma vases are a particularly unusual donation - we had them valued at £200, but were told that, had they been original, they would have fetched upwards of £1,000.
"Other more peculiar finds have included false teeth, grass cuttings and even a dirty nappy among some baby clothes, but we think these are donated by accident, and they usually go straight in the bin."
Joy Crowe, manager of British Heart Foundation, also in Uxbridge, said that, before she started working at the shop, a pair of tarantulas were left on the doorstep, as well as a fox fur shrug.
Meanwhile Jo Davies, manager of Michael Sobell House charity shop in High Street, Ruislip, said that one very generous donor had parted with a designer handbag containing £600 in cash.
"It isn't unheard of to find loose change mixed in with donations, but we were under-standably very surprised to see that kind of money. As nobody came back to claim the cash, it has since gone towards the charity."
But Peter Erdos, relief manager of Cancer Research, also in Ruislip, said that fly-tipping was becoming an almost daily occurrence.
"We rarely get any unusual donations - except the rather unpleasant trash sitting outside the shop every morning. Very often people scavenge through the bags in hope of finding something valuable but we unfortunately have to clear up the mess."