Shop sports a new name
December 13, 2003
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The Airman’s Attic thrift shop here has been renamed Neat Repeats after a contest.
The new name, announced Friday, was suggested by Airman 1st Class Luis Bell, said shop manager Barbara Lucy.
Bell, who could not be reached for comment, was to receive a stereo donated to the thrift shop and a $50 Army and Air Force Exchange Service gift certificate.
“It was a tough decision,” Lucy said. “We had more than 75 entries.”
Although only the winner garnered a prize, store officials also announced the runner-up: family member Michael Higgins, who suggested “Hidden Treasures.”
Lucy said she wasn’t surprised Bell and Higgins submitted the top two entries: “They are both good customers, regular customers.”
The name was changed because Airman’s Attic “did not reflect what we actually do,” Lucy said, adding that the shop is not only for airmen but for residents of all ranks and services and those with status of forces agreement status.
Neat Repeats is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The store — just inside of the west gate next to the dry cleaners — has a variety of used merchandise including clothing, electronics, dishes, baby supplies and nonperishable foods.
Items in the store are free; patrons may take up to three bags of smaller items or 3 larger items each week, Lucy said.
Items need not be returned but resale is prohibited.