By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Home Interior Retail | Issue: May 2009
Gwen Hall has worked for Roe Hurt for 40 years and will greet and assist you at Hurt Furniture.
When you walk into Hurt Furniture in Sapulpa, you’re going to feel like you’re 12 years old and have just been turned loose in a candy store. This is one of those places where you can shop with no idea of what goodies you will find. When you enter the door, you’ll need to proceed at a slow pace or you’re likely to miss something – there’s not a square inch of wasted floor space.
Store owner Roe Hurt is an interesting man, and he loves to chat with his customers. When Roe was a kid, his father owned a grocery and service station, and he spent a lot of time working for his dad. After a three-year stint in the U.S. Air Force, Roe returned to Oklahoma and began his own vocation in retail.
Roe has spent over 50 years in retail businesses that he personally owned and operated. Most recently, he owned a store in Jenks, selling antiques, other furniture and fun items. After owning the location for 15 years, a man walked into the store one day and asked Roe what he would take for the place. Not thinking he was really serious, Roe fired back a figure and ended up selling the store. He then purchased the property in Sapulpa that now houses Hurt Furniture.
Roe Hurt defines his shop as “a very curious store.” You could also call it eclectic. At Hurt Furniture, you’ll find new and used furniture – everything from new home accents and dining sets to mattresses and vintage items. As you casually stroll the aisles, you’ll find hand-crafted cowboy furniture, art, imported hand-carved wooden chests, a variety of tables and chairs, bar stools and plant stools, desks, rugs, sculptured ducks, dogs and bears, and shadow boxes. You may even find such items as used golf clubs, walking canes, children’s furniture and clocks.
Roe Hurt owns Hurt Furniture, “a very curious store” in Sapulpa.
Seventy percent of the merchandise at Hurt Furniture is new, and the majority of it comes from an import warehouse at the Dallas market. Items are sold at wholesale prices.
“I really enjoy meeting people,” says Roe. He raised American Quarter Horses for a time, and Western art is his hobby. You will see many of his originals and prints throughout the store, as well as prints and framed wall art by other artists. Roe also does commissioned art.
Hurt Furniture is a really fun place to shop and simply peruse. Roe offers customers an excellent layaway plan. He says he’s almost always at the store, and hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
If you haven’t paid a visit to Hurt Furniture in Sapulpa, treat yourself to an enjoyable shopping experience.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.