b'Retail and HospitalityOur retail and hospitality department boasts shops in Barrow, Ulverston, Dalton, Grange and Millom town centres, as well as a furniture warehouse in Barrow and the ever popular Orangery cafe at the Hospice.We run our shops as assets to the towns in which theyre situated. Our shops support a charitybut we pride ourselves on making sure they dont feel like stereotypical charity shops. The clothes are sorted and cleaned before we put them on sale, and we leave space between items so customers can browse properly before making a purchase. As a result, the shops look and smell clean and fresh. But how do you raise money from your shops, when your shops are forced to close? The world changed for every retailer in March 2020 when the Prime Minister told the nation to stay at home. How can you make prot in a shop if your customers cant come to visit you?were able to do so with the condenceQuality donations are so important to us Our shops remained closed for thethat we had all our safety procedures inand obviously for a time these stopped longest time, then they opened withplace, our stock ready and our statoo, were now starting to build these up restrictions, closed again, opened again,raring to go. Wed had an eBay shop for aagain and this is reected in the quantity you get the idea. During this extendedwhile, but the pandemic brought a newand quality of our sales online.period of uncertainty we were fortunatefocus and lots of new customers.in being able to continue selling with ourBut we never have enoughso if you eBay shop. However during the rstStatistics show that online sales havethink you have something eBayable lockdown we closed this too and focusedshot through the roof since thethat you would like to donate why not on reorganising and streamlining thepandemic hit and we have seen this withget in touch. online operation, so that when we wereour own sales. The use of eBay has ready to resume selling we would hit thebecome so important to charity retail,If you enjoy online shopping or are ground running.something that can be relied upon whencurious to see what its all about why not everything else is up in the air. In fourpop over to eBay and search our shop It was tough not selling online those rstmonths we sold over a thousand itemsRelovesmh and give it a try. few months, but totally worth it becausefrom clothes to curiosif we have it, when we did reopen our eBay shop we we can sell it.'