Bargain hunters can shop and support families without leaving their home after we opened our eBay store to the world.

Our online shop will stock donated homewares, clothing, books, media and toys – with proceeds going to support people living with incurable illness in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Mid Wales.

With a worldwide customer base, we hope it will boost sales in support of our work.

Savvy shoppers have already discovered our initial listings which have included a Merrythought teddy bear, a vintage bowler hat and a Stella McCartney bag along with other designer labels such as Ted Baker London, Paul Smith London and Jaeger.

Head of retail Ross Henderson said: “We’re delighted that our eBay shop is now live and open to the world; it’s something we’ve been planning for a while. Just like our 27 high street shops, it will sell quality donated items to support the hospice.

“We have always used eBay to help us set shop prices so they are competitive and fair for customers and donors. What the eBay store gives us is a better marketplace to sell those items that have more potential value than we could realise if they went through our traditional shops. Selling online also helps us reach more customers.”

The eBay shop is based upstairs in our Superstore in Shrewsbury, space not usable for a traditional shop floor but ideal to sort, store, photograph, list and package sold items.

Superstore manager Becky Woolliscroft said: “The eBay shopper is most likely more interested in bargain hunting than charity support so we expect our customer base to grow organically and by the quality of our listings.

“To help with this if you know of any eBay-savvy volunteers who have listing and photography skills, please share with them what we’re doing; we would love to have them on board.”

More details about our eBay shop are available at: http://www.ebaystores.co.uk/severnhospice

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