Volunteering for

The Sara Lee Trust

RETAIL VOLUNTEERING

Assisting in one of our six successful charity retail outlets in Hastings, Bexhill and Sidley, you will gain experience in a variety of roles from till work, admin, sorting donations, steaming, Googling, cash handling and more. If you have a passion for fashion, books or china - we can help you whilst you provide invaluable support to your community. We also have our Donation Centre in Bexhill for if you are looking for a physical workout or like to be out and about with our van team this may be a good fit. If you would like to volunteer please complete our application form below.

Retail Volunteer Vacancies

  • Social Media - supporting the Retail Coordinator with day to day managment of the Sara Lee Trust retail social media accounts
  • eCommerce - supporting the eCommerce manager with day to day running of online shop including research 
  • Film & Photography - supporting the Retail Coordinator with promotion of our Sara Lee Trust shops across the community 
  • Retail Assistant (positions in Bexhill, Silverhill & Sidley)- greeting, assisting and serving customers across our shops
  • Retail Assistant (Endwell Road, Bexhill) - processing clothing donations ready for sale, including sorting and steaming
  • Van Driver Mondays / Holiday Cover (Must be over 25 years of age) - deliveries and collections across Hastings & Bexhill
  • House Clearance Support - to help wrap and pack deliveries and collections across Hastings & Bexhill 
  • Admin Support - supporting the Sara Lee Trust Retail Coordinator with day to day admin such as returns and reporting 

How to support the Sara Lee Trust through eBay

Become an eBay Community Seller

Sara Lee Trust Retail are pleased to announce, that you can now support us in a whole different way.


We are relaunching our eBay shop and have made some changes to the way we eBay. We now have an official eBay shop with charity status, allowing us to create community sellers who can support us virtually from the comfort of their own home. 


You can now donate anything from 10% to 100% of the profit that you make to the Trust on anything you sell.  So if you are having a clear out we would be extremely greatful for any donations made to the Trust in this way. 


If you are new to selling on eBay our guide on how to get started is below. If you need any support or have any questions you can contact us at charityshop@saraleetrust.org or via the contact form at the end of this guide.  


Registering for eBay 


Step 1. 

Set up an eBay and PayPal account, if you already have an account just login. 



Step 2.

Select the'hamburger' menu, top left. Select in 'My eBay' section 'Selling'



Step 3.

Select 'List an Item' button in blue.

Describe your item or scan the barcode. eBay will suggest your item, if no match select 'continue to listing' at the bottom.

Select condition of item, new or used. 

Step 4. 

This will take you to the Listing Summary 

The title is already populated but can be amended here if needed using the 'edit pencils' on the right hand side. 

Step 5.

Select 'upload photos'. You can upload several photos to your listing, choose the best one as your main photo. 

Step 6.

'Item Specifics', Populate as many fields as you can in this section to maximise your listing being seen by customers searching. 

Step 7.

'Category' will be pre-populated for you based on your original title details (can be amended at this stage). 


'Description' is a freetext box for unique features or flaws. 


'Pricing', a 7 day auction and a starting bid will be recommended for you, this can be amended. 


'Delivery', a delivery method will be recommended along with cost, this can be amended. 

Step 8.

'Donate a portion to charity', this section will enable you to donate 10%-100% to the Sara Lee Trust. 


Turn this feature on using the slide button on the right. 


Select the Sara Lee Trust from the Donate to field. If the Sara Lee Trust is not in the Donate to drop down, select 'Find a Charity'. 


Choose a donation percentage from the drop down field. 

Step 9.

'List with displayed fees', in this section you can preview your listing. If you are happy with the preview use the back arrow in the top left and select 'List with displayed fees' 


This section will tell you if any fees are due to be paid, however as a charity community seller it should say 'list it for free'. 

Step 10.

Turn on 'Easy Pricing' to allow eBay to relist at a slightly lower auction price automatically should the item not sell. This is optional. 

You will now receive an email to say your item has been successfully listed.

Top Tips


  • In eBay listing title, use as many descriptive words as possible. For example a Ralph Lauren shirt would be - 'Ralph Lauren Polo Club Mens L Navy Check Long Sleeve Shirt'. This will support customer searches. 


  • Use several clear photos identifying highlights or flaws in the product. Use the freetext description box to support this. 


  • Item specifics, populate as many of the categories as possible to support customer searches. 


  • Pricing, use eBay suggestion as a guide, but do your own research before selecting a starting price, an offer price and auction or Buy It Now cateogry. 


  • Delivery, eBay will suggest the most appropriate delivery. Compare your dimensions and weight of packaging to ensure this meets the postage requirement. For example, Royal Mail small parcel size is 45cm x 35cm x 8cm, and maximum of 2kg.  


  • If you post a listing and realise there is an error, navigate to the hamburger menu in the top left, select 'selling' followed by 'active' and you can edit the required listing. 


  • If you are selling multiple items, you can idenitfy the listings being sold with a charitable contribution by looking for the charity ribbon icon next to the listing.



 
 
 
 
 
 

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