AN UNUSUAL donation which was collecting dust in the back of a charity shop is now up for grabs - but only if the price is right.
Staff at the Cancer Research UK charity shop, in Greenford Broadway, were thrilled to receive an authentic kimono a year ago but were uncertain how much the Japanese dress was worth.
It has been on display to buy for the last three weeks at a price of around £200 but nobody has come forward to purchase the unique outfit. It was donated with traditional wooden sandals called geta and a gold obi sash which can be worn in a musubi knot on the lower back.
Manager Carol Lightfoot said: "It's absolutely beautiful and it's a unique item in Greenford. It's not something you get donated everyday. It's not just the kimono but all the things that are with it which makes it unique.
"It's been sitting in my office for over a year. We decided to sell it because we've got somewhere to display it properly.
"We've had lots of interest and people looking at it but when they realise it's a full kimono set they don't want to pay, but lots of people have said it's going cheap.
"I'd be interested to know its history to help us get more money for it. I think we could sell it for more, if you get the right person come in at the right time.
"And I'd be interested to meet the person who donated it, I wouldn't want to undersell it knowing how much it costs."
A customer made a booklet about the history of the kimono and how to wear it to sell with the dress and attract novice collectors.
A kimono is a traditional Japanese dress worn by women, but also men and children, and popularised in the UK by the novel Memoirs of a Geisha.
If you could help price the item or would like to buy the dress please contact Carol on 020 8575 0390.