Tahlequah Daily Press

May 31, 2013

Treasures: Resale shops a boon for community


TAHLEQUAH — Tahlequah has at least five resale shops connected to worthy nonprofit or not-for-profit endeavors, and Saturday, local residents unfamiliar with their inventories will get a peek at them, all at one location.

In the spotlight will be Encore, affiliated with Help-In-Crisis; the Surplus Store, an arm of Habitat for Humanity; the Resale Shop for Humane Society of Cherokee County; Remarkables, which helps support Tahlequah City Hospital; and the Resale Shop for Go Ye Village.

Treasures in the Park will run in tandem with the Tahlequah Farmers’ Market, from 8 a.m. to noon June 1 in Norris Park. It’s the brainchild of students in Dr. Dana Eversole’s Public Relations, Media Campaigns and Events class – one that will showcase items from all five stores and give shoppers an opportunity to learn more about the organizations that benefit from sales.

Eversole, a long-time Media Studies professor at Northeastern State University, has been known in recent years for urging students to engage in public service activities. The students benefit, and so do members of the community at-large. Saturday’s event will be no exception.

The organizations supported by these five thrift stores are some of the most important in Cherokee County.

All do exceptional work. In case you missed it, Renee Fite did a story encapsulating some of this work, and most of that story is still available on our website at http://tahlequahdailypress.com/local/x1374704174/Resales-team-up-for-Treasures-in-the-Park. It appeared in our print and e-editions May 29.

While the economy has been making slow-but-steady improvement, many of us are still struggling financially, and worry about the uncertainties we all face with our jobs, our bills, gasoline and food prices, repaying student loans, and more. Resale shops can play a vital role in fleshing out our household and family needs.

Local residents have reported finding some incredible deals on common necessities, like clothing and kitchenware. And because the little extras are so affordable, shoppers can afford things at a thrift store that would be well out of their budgets in a “first-time-around” retail shop.

But we’re not just stretching our own dollars when we shop at resale stores; we’re also providing a welcome boost to the bottom lines of some entities that do great work here.

Almost every local resident knows people who have found safe haven in the Help-in-Crisis shelter; received an otherwise unaffordable home for their family, with the help of Habitat volunteers; found a new pet or received low-cost spaying or neutering for a pet; benefited from the idyllic environment for golden-agers at Go Ye Village, or attended an event there; or had a procedure done, tests run, or injuries patched at TCH.

If you have a few extra dollars to spend, get the most out of your money by dropping by Norris Park this Saturday.

While you’re at it, check out the offerings of our many fine smallholders – fresh vegetables, goat cheese, canned goodies and more – at the Farmers’ Market. You’ll help yourself – and countless others in the process.