Working in a charity shop you really need to have an imagination…a sense of fun…you never know what your next donation is going to be…every bag is different…from papier-mâché ducks to vintage cameras…you just never know what you’re going to find!

That’s the beauty of charity shops…working in them…volunteering in them…shopping in them!

If you haven’t experienced a charity shop yet maybe now is the time.

We Can List It…You Can Buy It!

We get a lot of items donated that we just don’t have the space to sell in the shops…or that are too heavy to sell through eBay…it’s always been a challenge knowing exactly what to do with them?

Hopefully we now have the answer…from next week Dawn, our eBay-er , will be listing larger/heavier items on local selling sites…making costly postage unnecessary…great idea don’t you think?

From toilet seats to curtain poles…window blinds to occasional tables…we can list it…you can buy it…another exciting development brought to you by St Mary’s Hospice Retail

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Car…Car…Car Trouble – Adam & The Ants

So…7.30am ready for work…Grange today, looking forward to seeing Linzi and her team. I put my bag in the car…turn the key in the ignition…engine turns over but doesn’t fire up…hmm not good!

Over the next half hour I keep trying but it’s not happening…luckily the garage is just around the corner…I drop off the car key and head to the train station…nothing’s going to stop me getting to Grange today…after all I’m still on the hunt for eBay treasure.

Sitting on the train…enjoying the beautiful scenery…checking off my to do list and writing this blog. No traffic jams…no roadworks or detours…there are some benefits to travelling by train.



If You Come Here You Will Find Hidden Treasure – Paulo Coelho

It’s been a busy week…I’ve visited all the shops…what treasure I’ve found!

The warehouse on Wednesday…a giant Russian telescope…it certainly got my interest! Just seeing the large box was enough to get me thinking…wondering what was inside…opening the lid and seeing the telescope…it was definitely a WOW moment!

They wouldn’t let me take the telescope for eBay…they’re still researching it, but they did give me some interesting bits and pieces, including 2 Beatles records…we’ll soon have them listed in our eBay shop!

I called in at Dalton next and picked up a doctor’s stethoscope and some new shoes from Carol…more stock for eBay!

Millom on Thursday and June had a pile of treasures waiting for me…including an old accordion…its a little bit rusted but has the original case…definitely eBay material! It rattled around my car boot and made a strange kind of music all the way back to Barrow…not the most tuneful if I’m honest…but I’m sure in the right hands it will sound better!

Only 153 Sleeps Until Christmas!

I know…I’m sorry…you really don’t want to be thinking about Christmas when the kids have just broken up for their Summer holidays…but I can’t help it…Trish and I have been knee deep in Christmas cards all afternoon…counting them…making sure we have the right numbers…designs for each shop…how can you not feel festive?

The designs this year are so good…I’m not exaggerating…I’m almost scared to give you a sneak preview…I know you’re going to want to buy them right now!

I do have a particular favourite…which I can’t resist showing you! How gorgeous is this card…I don’t think it will take long to sell out!

Cards and diaries will be available to buy very soon, in the shops and online.

Christmas…But It’s Only July!

The sun may be shining…but for retail we’re already getting into the Christmas spirit!

We took delivery of our Christmas cards yesterday and I promise you… you will not be disappointed! The most exciting thing is not only will you be able to buy these in the shops but they’ll be available on line too

Today’s Christmas themed task was to explore pudding options…everybody likes a pudding at Christmas…traditional Christmas pud…sticky toffee or rich chocolate…what’s your favourite??

I’m feeling so Christmassy…I might go home and put my tree up!



When Is A Donation Not A Donation?

Leaving bags of items outside a charity shop when it is closed…this is not a donation.

A very high percentage of items left outside closed charity shops do not end up on the shop floor…they get rained on…stolen…or used as doggie toilets…very rarely do they end up benefiting the charity they were meant for…in fact it can actually end up costing us money to dispose of them correctly.

St Mary’s Hospice have tried to provide as many options as possible to make donating goods easier and more convenient.

You can take your donation to work with you if your company has a St Mary’s Hospice donation station.

You can call up and book a van and driver to pick your donation up…this could be anything from one bag to ten, twenty bags…or more.

You can call in to any of our shops during opening hours and drop your donation off in person.

Call Trish to book a collection or request a donation station for your company on 07541359881.

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