A blog from Ryan Perkins, Sales Development Manager at St Ann’s
Did you know you can now shop at St Ann’s from the comfort of your own sofa?
The hospice’s online shops came into existence just over a year ago, when we realised that we had a wide variety of valuable donated stock that would achieve higher prices online. Where else could you pick up a vintage Star Trek annual, a Karen Millen dress and an antique skipping rope through one website? And that’s just a small selection of what’s available at the time of writing.
The online department has grown rapidly since John the online manager joined the team, and we’re quickly becoming one of the largest hospice eBay sellers in the UK, with more than 250 items listed. We also have more than 2350 listed on our hospice Amazon shop page, and these are continually changing and increasing.
High street retail continues to be a challenging arena and it is vital to the future of St Ann’s Hospice that we ensure we’re giving all customers what they want – even if they would rather make more direct purchases online and via their smartphones, and never step foot into our traditional brick and mortar locations.
Stagg beginners drum kit – available on our ebay store for £100
The online department is run from our warehouse in Reddish selling donated items, or items that come from the house clearance team. Items are sorted at the shops, and all staff and volunteers are trained to recognise rare and valuable items.
Antique Edwardian musical skipping rope – £40 on our ebay store
These items are then sent to the online department to be photographed and listed. New items are constantly added and selling online allows St Ann’s Hospice to sell 24 hours a day, seven days a week to a worldwide audience.
ABBA greatest hits volume 2 vinyl – only £10 on our ebay store
In fact, every day, hundreds of items are packaged and dispatched all over the world.
So click the link below and have a browse…