Charity shop blames eBay for lack of stock

STRUGGLING Sharon Saville says life is tough for charity shops. PIcture: Paul Jacobs  (13791-2)
STRUGGLING Sharon Saville says life is tough for charity shops. PIcture: Paul Jacobs (13791-2)
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IN THESE uncertain times, it may be tempting to sell your unwanted items on eBay and earn a few pounds.

But this is killing the trade of charity shops – and in turn means less money is going to good causes, according to a Portchester fundraiser.

Shine has two charity shops in the area, one in Portchester and the other in Chichester. It helps people living with spina bifida and hydrocephalus and gives support to their parents, families and carers.

Sharon Saville, support and development worker at the charity, said: ‘Both shops have a huge need for donations.

‘So many people now use eBay or car boot sales to sell on clothes and this has hit us hard.’

Sharon said that finding volunteers was also a problem, especially in the Portchester store. At the moment, two women share all the day-to-day running of the shop on West Street.

These dedicated ladies have both been there for nearly 20 years.

Sharon said: ‘When we do receive the stock, we then need help with sorting, steaming, pricing and displaying. Even just a few hours would be fantastic. We need some help on the computer too, perhaps somebody could help us get on to eBay to see if we could raise some money there too.’

The precinct in Portchester is home to many other charity shops such as Save the Children and Marie Curie Care.

Sharon said: ‘With a lot of other charity shops in the same road, it’s important to ensure that stock is changed regularly and holds interest to new and regular customers. That’s why having fresh, quality stock is vital.’

Ward councillor Roger Price offered to help. He said: ‘I am sad to hear that Shine in Portchester are struggling for donations and stock.

‘If they contact me I will put an advert in my newsletter and hopefully that will encourage the people of Portchester to support them.’ To volunteer at the shop please contact Sharon Saville on 01273 419022 or email For more information go to