Disappointed in shop's closing

Dear Editor:

As a decade-long donor and customer of the Hospice of the East Bay Thrift Shoppe in Antioch, I was very disappointed to read that it is closing. I have a great respect for the community service that hospice provides to families that are dealing with the critical illnesses of loved ones, and they were always the first place I went to give donations.

I thought it was wonderful they could also provide a place where disadvantaged folks (and everyone else) were able to find reasonably priced secondhand goods, and I've never set foot in the store without there being multiple customers. It's laughable for general manager Patricia Wright to claim they were unable to find a new location in Antioch. It displays the sort of mendacity I might expect from a crooked politician rather than a representative of a charitable organization. Perhaps there are people who need the "upscale vintage boutiques" she imagines most of her stores to be, but at this time I'm betting more folks just need a regular old thrift store.

Barry Mitchell

Antioch

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