Challenge Accepted..

Here in Barrow shop we like a bit of healthy competition, we’re always setting ourselves little in-shop targets to try and beat…it keeps us motivated and helps us raise as much money as possible for the hospice, not to mention adding a little fun to the day!

We’re always pushing ourselves…to sell more pound items…to increase eBay listing…to recruit more volunteers…the team just doesn’t stop!

Our bravest and toughest challenge so far involves Kite Books…this is a system we use that allows us to sell items through Amazon…books, DVD’s, CD’s and more recently new toys, games and jigsaws.

Six months ago we had 250 items listed online using this system…we were bringing in a decent enough income from it but it was clear there was scope for more…I made a commitment then (in my head only at this time for obvious reasons!) that in 12 months time St Mary’s Hospice would have 1000 items listed for sale…my reasoning being…more items listed…more choice for customers…more sales for the hospice!

Asking for that kind of an increase is not easy…let’s face it, was it even realistic? I didn’t really know, but it was a challenge I wanted the team to try and achieve…but we couldn’t do it alone. We needed every shop to play their part! Yes, if you visit Barrow shop you will see boxes and boxes of online items…but that doesn’t give you the full picture…they didn’t necessarily start out here.

All St Mary’s shops contribute stock to the online selling forums…we have volunteers everywhere, armed with scanners eager to find items to be listed…we have drivers ferrying the online stock to Barrow shop for storing, picking, packing and posting once sold…it’s a real team effort…a Retail Team Effort (from this point forward it shall be known as an RTE).

There’s no stopping an RTE…the momentum just keeps on building until we reach our goal…it’s both scary and beautiful to watch!

I could wax lyrical for ever about the awesomeness of an RTE…but that’s kind of taking me away from the point I’m trying to make…so let me focus!

It’s six months since I made that private challenge…it became a Barrow challenge very soon after and then a wider retail challenge…we have all worked so hard on making this achievable and do you know what…we’re pretty close already…with six months gone we have gone from 250 items to 754 items listed…that’s not a bad effort is it?

I’m so proud of everyone involved…who instead of doubting or complaining, just rolled up their proverbial sleeves and showed up to help…a true RTE!

With 6 months left I thought I would share our challenge with you…you might want to help…either by volunteering your time or by donating goods…whatever you decide is great 🙂

Interested in volunteering contact your local St Mary’s Hospice shop…check out our website, http://www.stmaryshospice.org.uk or leave a message on our Facebook page, Retail at St Mary’s Hospice.

If you would like to donate goods that could possibly be sold on line (subject to value when scanned) you can take them to any of our shops or have them picked up from your home by one of our retail drivers…call Trish on 07541359881.

Items suitable for Kite include…books…DVD’s, CD’s. We also sell new toys, games and jigsaws…how many times do we buy something only never to use it…never take it out of it’s packaging?

If you would like to help us reach our goal and be involved in a most awesome RTE act now…you won’t regret it!

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Are You Feeling Creative?

I love a juicy project to get my teeth into…you know when you just see something and you think…’I could do wonderful things with that’…and before you know what happened a very nice person is helping load it into your car!

Does that happen to you too…I’m sure it’s not just me? My guilty secret is furniture…my spare room is full of pieces in various stages of remodeling!

I was in our furniture warehouse this morning and they have got just the thing (things really!) for the adventurous or gifted refurbisher (I think I just made this word up but I’m sure you know what I mean!) Instead of waffling just let me show you the pictures…

I mean look at them…aren’t they amazing? Can you imagine what you could do with them?

There’s a lot of work needed to bring them back but oh my goodness wouldn’t it be worth it?

If these chair frames (at least 2 are Ercol) are calling your name then you need to call the warehouse fast…or leave a message on our Facebook page…I guarantee they won’t be around for long!

 

Drop Your Pants …

Anyone who shops with St Mary’s Hospice may have had a little chuckle…or raised an eyebrow as they checked out our cheeky window displays this week!

There is of course a serious message behind the lighthearted displays…we want to show our support and help raise awareness of testicular cancer…the signs and symptoms.

“Drop your pants” is a joined up campaign between 8 North West hospices…the idea behind the campaign is to highlight testicular cancer and the symptoms to look out for and at the same time encourage men to donate and shop with us.

If you want to support the ‘Drop Your Pants’ campaign you can drop off your clothes donations at any St Mary’s Hospice shops.

It’s Only A Day Away…

That’s right Millom opening is tomorrow…Thursday, 9am…you don’t want to miss it!

Finishing touches have been happening today and I think when you see it you’ll agree it looks amazing!

We’ve got one final teaser picture for you before unveiling the shop tomorrow…I hope you can join us there!

Won’t Be Long Now…

I was at our Millom Shop again on Friday…Wow what a difference!

It looks fantastic!

It won’t be long until it reopens…but until then would you like to see a picture?

Here’s a quick glance through the window…

I didn’t realise Windolene was so difficult to see through…sorry! Oh well you’ll just have to come along when we re-open!

14 Days Of Love…

February the month of love…what better time to share all the wonderful comments we have received during our ‘Close To Your Heart’ campaign.

For the next 14 days we will be sharing these with you.

Why not pop into our Barrow Shop and take a look at all the wonderful comments displayed.

#LoveYourHospice

#CloseToYourHeart

Are You Feeling The Love?

The shops have been busy readying their windows for Valentine’s Day…some fantastic ideas taking shape.

Here at Barrow Shop we’ve really tried to embrace the theme…’This Valentine’s Day…Love Your Hospice’…with our oversized heart in Forget Me Not colours 😊