Sheffield hospice takes shopping online

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LOOKING for designer fashion brands – or a signed copy of Jimmy Greaves’ autobiography in Sheffield?

Look no further than the St Luke’s Hospice new eBay site, an Aladdin’s cave of bargains.

Items already sold include a jacket by top leatherwear name Muubaa, a selection of collectable Trollbeads, a Russell and Bromley handbag and vintage Royal Crown Derby crockery.

On the St Luke’s eBay website at the moment, keen bargain hunters will find more than 50 items ranging from retro Hornsea Pottery to Snoopy curtains.

“One of our most unusual auction bids over the past few weeks was a book of paintings of Malta in the 1920s by Maltese artist Edward Caruana Dingli,” said the hospice’s e-trading coordinator Tim Wilson.

“It eventually sold for £127 - far more than we would have sold it for in one of our shops – and it actually went back to Malta and a descendant of the artist, who had been looking for a copy for many years.”

Staff at all 10 St Luke’s shops are now always on the lookout for items they think could be of particular interest to internet shoppers.

“Just five Trollbeads made us more than £800 from a German buyer but, at the same time, a simple flute sold for more than £40,” said Tim.

“Because it attracts bidders around the world, we’re also spreading the word about the work we are doing at St Luke’s.”

To follow the St Luke’s Hospice Ebay auction visit http://www.ebay.co.uk/egw/ebay-for-charity/charity-profile/St.-Luke%27s-Hospice%2C-Sheffield/21481?catId&ps=16&so=7&pn=1