Op Shop prices defended
The letter of Kuia Rawakore (May 27), which implies that the St Vincent de Paul shop is ‘‘robbing the poor’’, is unfortunate and unbalanced.
Our manager assures me that ‘‘vintage prices’’ were not discussed and suggestions that she ‘‘lump it’’ were never made.
We have been running a $2.50/bag sale for the past two months during the road works.
This sale has now ended, but we have racks of adult clothing at $1 or $2 per item, as well as children’s clothing at 50 cents per item.
We also have racks of higherpriced clothing to reflect the diverse range of customers who continue to support our new manager and shop.
The new manager has been a volunteer helper for the past five years and knows our clientele and mission well.
St Vincent de Paul Society supports community initiatives such as koha sheds, which have received donations from us.
This year we have already provided 77 free food parcels to needy families and provided free of charge, furniture, household items, whiteware, clothing and bedding to eight families or individuals referred to us for welfare assistance.
Our shop income helps to pay our bills, such as rates, rubbish removal, power and phone charges, eftpos and building maintenance.