My husband and I made a day trip to Auckland for a Pop-Up Globe performance (more on that later) We decided to go to our old stamping ground of Onehunga. I knew that Hard to Find was going to have to shift, but it was still sad to see the premises empty.
There was a young women (& a lot of storage boxes) in the shop. Maybe Hard to Find staff removing the last of their paperwork. It would be hard to believe that it could be another tenant – or that the new owner is intending to do anything with these premises other than demolish them. Last time I was inside the store, I was afraid the walls would collapse around me!
Warwick did run a GiveaLittle campaign, but I decided against donating. My best friend’s son was dying of cancer & that, for me, was a wiser use of my donation money. As much as I loved this shop (my favourite second hand bookstore) a business needs to stand & fail on it’s own merits. I’m quite sure Warwick could have bought these premises for a song, back in the eighties – or even the nineties.
Saying that, Warwick is a lucky son of a gun! The Catholic Church has come to his rescue & he has moved into an old convent in Newton. Next time I’m in Auckland I’ll visit – hopefully buy a few books. But I won’t fund this bookshop any other way!