In 2007 Jim Elliot and Jacqui Green needed to dispose of a large quantity of second hand clothes hangers. These hangers had accumulated from regular collections from local retailers in and around Blackpool and were intended for use with Jacqui’s ironing business. Jim already had experience in selling goods online and proposed that they attempt to sell the surplus hangers on eBay.
The first listings all sold quickly and the plan was to get rid of the hangers and make enough to pay for a meal out. Despite much doubt that anyone would buy coat hangers over the internet, sales continued to grow to the point where all the second hand hangers had sold. Surprised by the success of the initial sales, Jim and Jacqui decided to start purchasing clothes hangers from manufacturers and wholesalers to sell more. Hangerworld was born.