Good News for the Bargain Barn! As of December 1, Robin Hood Radio’s non-profit, Tri-State Public Communications, will take over the operation and management of the beloved thrift store in Sharon. An agreement was signed last week with the Health Care Auxiliary, the present owner, which expects to dissolve on January 1, 2016.
Marshall Miles of Robin Hood Radio said this decision came with special meaning for him because his mother managed the shop in the 1970s and '80s. At that time, it was run by the Sharon Hospital Auxiliary. When the hospital was sold and became a for-profit facility, the Health Care Auxiliary for the Tri-State Region was formed and took over management of the shop.
Thus, the Bargain Barn will continue to operate without interruption so area donors can continue to deliver surplus or outgrown valuables and customers can pick and choose amongst the treasures. This is especially important during the Christmas season when keen eyed purchasers might find the odd Meissen, early Durer, or original Dior hidden amongst the horde of well-displayed goods.
"We'll be keeping an institution alive that Sharon can't afford to lose," Miles said. "It's a central piece of the community and it's too important to risk closing its doors."
Miles also said that Tri-state Public Communications is a 501 (C) (3), and can raise money for itself and give out such things as scholarships if there is money left over after paying the bills. Miles said the operation and staff of the Bargain Barn will remain the same. His organization's primary role will be to provide the shop with a lot of publicity and exposure.
"This fulfills our mission to help the community," he said. "It's a win-win situation."
Sharon Hospital will continue to own the building that houses the shop.