eBay…the final frontier!

EBay is now serious business…very serious business in charity retail…if you’re not selling on eBay you’re missing out on millions of customers.

April 3rd 2017…the day we committed to eBay…opened our shop…and invited the world to buy from St Mary’s Retail…in a little over 4 weeks…only 31 days…we have seen our sales rocket!

Russia…New Zealand…America…Chile…China…Denmark…we are no longer operating in a town or county footprint…the world is now our market place and it is awesome!

Why not check out our eBay shop – hospiceofstmaryoffurness – let me know what you think?

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eBay…my obsession!

I don’t know about you…but I find eBay so exciting…I’m obsessed…if I haven’t heard that ‘kerching’ at least a dozen times before bed I can’t sleep…I really can’t!

eBay is an amazing thing…especially for charity shops…it has given us a whole other world to explore with amazing results.

We’ve played with eBay for a number of years…nothing serious but we’ve had a few treasures along the way…most memorable was a silver cocktail shaker found in a bag of ‘ordinary’ donations…the type of items that would go on the shelf for a couple of pound at the most…our bread and butter stock.

This silver cocktail shaker was different…it was pure class…beautiful and so tactile…honestly I just wanted to hug it forever…they had to forcibly remove me from it when it sold!

The bidding war that ensued when it went to auction was something I’d never experienced before…the adrenaline was pumping…my colleagues and I kept messaging each other building the excitement even higher. I don’t remember the final price…I know it was good…but I do remember the feelings…the euphoria…the absolute amazement that we could have found and sold something like that…unforgettable.

Is it Monday?

Tuesday…the day after a Bank Holiday…I’m already starting the week confused thinking ‘Monday Work Thoughts’ when it’s already Tuesday! Easily confused you might think…my boss would probably agree! Anyway…sitting at my desk (actually it’s not my desk…I’m sat in one of our shops…using someone else’s computer and…it’s locked me out of my emails…FRUSTRATION… frustration and confusion this early in the morning is not good for the soul…or the blood pressure and that, my friends, is why I’m writing this blog now…relax and breathe….

First blog post

Exciting times…our very first blog post…pressure is on!!!

We think we have the best job going…working retail for St Mary’s Hospice…my boss and I…we honestly believe that. It’s interesting…varied…challenging…worthwhile and most of all…FUN!

I¬†guess this is why we’ve started this blog…share the joy…let you see what charity retail is all about…I bet you’ve often wondered what really happens when you donate items to a charity shop.

If you follow our blog you’ll find out this and so much more…