Salvation Army eBay Store is Open for Business!

The Salvation Army stores in Northern Virginia are the most successful Family Stores in the United States. And now they’re leading the pack, having opened the first official online thrift operation on eBayIt’s called The Salvation Army Northern Virginia Adult Rehabilitation Center store!

Derek Anderson is the manager of the online store. Not only is he an alumni of The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center in Northern Virginia, he’s sold personal items on eBay for five years and managed three different Salvation Army Family Stores. Put all that experience together and, voila, you have the ideal guy to manage our maiden foray into eBay store sales! Derek’s staff of three are responsible for finding items appropriate for eBay, photographing them, writing descriptions, posting them online, managing payment, packing and shipping sales and customer feedback.

When I talked to Derek about how it’s going he was happy to tell me about a few of their success stories. One of my favorite concerns a vintage Omega watch. After inspecting the watch and doing a bit of research, his team was convinced that they could get more for it by selling it online. Typically, a watch will sell for $39 at one of our stores.  But once online buyers saw the Omega on eBay and began to bid, and it eventually fetched a whopping $4,050!

Not surprising, the venture has been a success so far. In fact, The Salvation Army Family Stores in Houston and Baltimore / Washington D.C. are set to launch soon. If you want to buy online and help the Salvation Army, click the following links to start searching and bidding on the dozens of items for sale at The Northern Virginia ARC’s eBay storefront. And remember, every item you donate to or buy from our Family Stores helps us fund residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation treatment for men and women in your community. Thank you!

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By: Kathy Lovin (Truncated)

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