All That Glitters…

I love how everyone associated with retail has embraced the idea of Ebay…it makes the job so much easier!

Instead of one pair of eyes trying to pick out items suitable for Ebay we now have a veritable army taking part… shop staff and volunteers…not really involved in Ebay but eagerly looking through their shop donations for that one item that is going to give us all a pleasant surprise!

Jean at Barrow shop loves looking after the jewellery donations for us…she is meticulous…sorting…cleaning…checking…pricing…displaying…she can do it all! A couple of weeks ago she came across something that she thought could be worth something…she took it off to a local jeweller and came back very excited…she had only gone and found a genuine 9ct gold, opal brooch!

Days later and it’s listed on Ebay…and I’m happy to say it has now sold for £90…awesome! Thanks to Jean this exquisite brooch was sold for it’s true value…brilliant news for the person that donated the item and the hospice!

Love Barrow…Love Ebay…Love Volunteers

We are still looking for a dedicated Ebay volunteer…someone with photography skills…simple computer skills…someone who likes researching things…if this appeals to you why not drop me a line on Facebook…Retail at St Mary’s Hospice…and we’ll get right back to you!


Happiness is…

I know…I’ve been talking a lot about volunteering lately…but it’s something I’m passionate about…I love to hear volunteer stories when I’m out and about in the shops…

What made them volunteer? Why they chose St Mary’s Hospice? What volunteering means to them?

I’ve been on holiday this week and to help pass the time I’ve been doing a little reading around the subject of volunteering…I found an article on which highlighted an exerpt from Simple Changes, Big Rewards: A Practical, Easy Guide for Healthy, Happy Living, a special health report published by Harvard Health Publications…Volunteering: The happiness effect

‘…they found the more people volunteered, the happier they were, according to a study in Social Science and Medicine. Compared with people who never volunteered, the odds of being “very happy” rose 7% among those who volunteer monthly and 12% for people who volunteer every two to four weeks. Among weekly volunteers, 16% felt very happy’  ( you can access the full article, Volunteering and it’s surprising benefits at 

Who doesn’t want to be happier? Why aren’t we all volunteering?

If you want to conduct your own research…and find out if volunteering makes you happier…why not volunteer in one of St Mary’s Hospice shops…see what happens!

So What Is A Taster Day?

We know that volunteering is a big deal and sometimes the thought of everything you need to do to become a volunteer is off putting…I mean all that effort and then you find out you don’t even enjoy it…might as well not do it in the first place…just in case!

We understand that and that’s why we introduced taster days…an opportunity for you to try out volunteering before you officially apply…if you don’t like it that’s ok…you don’t go back…but at least you know…you’re not left wondering what if!

If you do enjoy your taster day then you can complete the recruitment process with more enthusiasm knowing that you’re applying for a volunteer role you’re going to enjoy…it’s a win win situation!

Taster days can be arranged through the shop managers of individual St Mary’s Hospice shops…they can be mornings or afternoons and give you the opportunity to experience all areas of charity shop volunteering.

If you would like to try a taster day in your local St Mary’s Hospice shop why not call in and speak to the manager…alternatively leave a message on our Facebook page, Retail at St Mary’s Hospice and we’ll get back to you…hope to hear from you soon!


Charity Shop Chatter

It’s raining but it doesn’t matter 

It’s Monday morning 

My day for charity shop Chatter.

I wake and get breakfast early

Grab my brolly

The volunteer today is Shirley.

I slowly walk the mile into town 

Windy and cold 

The weather won’t get me down.

I open the door and walk right in

Scan the shop

Books, jigsaws and a bargain bin.

Shirley sees me and gives a wave

‘Hello my lovely ‘

Her friendly smile makes me brave.

My shopping finished I go to pay

Nervous and shy

‘About that volunteer taster day…’

Box Clever!

So you want to volunteer?

But you’re not sure what a volunteer looks like?

What skills they have?

What qualities they need?

How much time they have to give?

So many questions…enough to put you off even coming forward…what if you haven’t got what they want? 

See these boxes…

…they’re all different sizes…shapes…colours…with different qualities and contents…but they’re all still boxes…useful boxes…boxes with potential! 

Now do you see where I’m going with this (hope so 🤔)…volunteers…like our lovely boxes above…come in all varieties…all with something to offer…what you need to do is talk to us.

Don’t underestimate your value as a potential volunteer…we have so many different roles within our shops…warehouse and online business…there’s something for everyone…take that first step…chat to us online at Facebook…Retail at St Mary’s Hospice or call into any of our shops.


And Another Thing…

Something we were discussing yesterday in the car on the way to St Rocco’s Hospice was volunteer tasks and how they are evolving!

For example we have opportunities in some of our shops that bare little resemblance to accepted ‘charity shop volunteer’ roles…

  • eBay volunteer helping with post and packing, quality control, stock research
  • Kite books volunteer, scanning barcodes, checking quality of books and dvds, post and packaging

We will always need shop volunteers…those wonderful individuals that are at home behind the till…on the shop floor…or sorting and pricing stock…but a charity shop now has many layers to its operation…we’re constantly developing…thinking of new ways to bring income in for our amazing Hospice…and therefore the volunteer opportunities are also growing and developing…its a great time to become a volunteer!


All Together Now…

all_together_now_roka For the last few years St Mary’s Hospice shops have had individual shop Facebook pages where they have connected with customers and promoted their shop…so many pages got a little confusing and for those supporters that wanted to know what was happening in different shops it was rather time consuming!

We want to make following our shops online as easy as possible therefore we have merged all of our pages into…Retail At St Mary’s Hospice.

Welcome followers of Dalton Hospice Shop we’re really pleased to have you on board…we hope you enjoy the extra content you will find on the retail page.

St Mary’s Hospice Furniture Warehouse supporters welcome to you too…we’re really looking forward to getting to know you.

On the retail Facebook page you will find posts from Barrow shop, Grange, Millom, Ulverston, Dalton and the warehouse. We will also keep you up to date with what is happening in our Gift shop, eBay shop and of course our new Facebook shop…plenty to keep you interested.

We’d love for you to leave your comments…ask questions…make suggestions…get involved…after all we couldn’t do any of this without you!

Join us at Retail At St Mary’s Hospice…like…share…follow.