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Troubling situation

The Thrift Shop has served the community of Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley since 1956. Most of you know our shop and what a fun and great place it is to shop and meet others.

For sometime now there has been a growing trend to rummage through bags and take goods, e.g. furniture, TVs, small appliances, etc. which are left at our back door after the shop has closed. This has resulted in many very saleable items which disappear, or are left on the ground, getting soiled, open to the elements and rendering them unsaleable. It also doubles the work for our volunteers who must then straighten out the mess left behind.

As you all know, the Thrift Shop, a non-profit organization with an all volunteer staff, depends on the generosity of donors to allow us to sell their donations and to distribute the revenue to various organizations in the Roaring Fork Valley and to provide scholarships to local students. It is a shame that your donations, given in good faith, are often times not being put to the intended use. To mitigate this troubling situation, we are asking our donors to please leave your donations for the Thrift Shop during shop hours (Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Dropping items off late Saturdays and/or Sundays, especially, can result in these items being taken or damaged. Small bags can be dropped in the drop box if it is not full.

Any items left on or around the dumpster are free for the taking as most of our clients know, but beyond that, any items taken without paying for them constitutes stealing. The Thrift Shop dislikes the idea of taking stringent security measures but if this practice continues, we may have to do this.

The Thrift Shop has always operated on a trusting and respectful basis with our clients. We want this feeling to continue so that the Thrift Shop will be the fun and friendly shop we all know.

Board of Directors,

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