By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Retail | Issue: February 2013
First Assistant Michelle MacKool and Store Manager Jaime Monroe show off active wear items in Goodwill’s Southwest Boulevard retail store.
Goodwill Industries of Tulsa has reached out to area communities with programs and services, training facilities, and retail stores for 86 years. Although we’ve seen growth and change in Goodwill, their mission remains the same: to promote and make possible for every individual the dignity and self-sufficiency that comes with employment. Goodwill puts people to work and improves lives. In doing so, we all benefit. Goodwill has ten stores and 24 donation locations in Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Glenpool, Bartlesville, Claremore, McAlester, Joplin and Carthage.
Jaime Monroe is store manager for the Goodwill store located on Southwest Boulevard in Tulsa. “There are still people who don’t know about Goodwill retail stores and what great selections we have every day at really great prices,” she stated. New items arrive Monday through Friday each week, and new merchandise is displayed each day.
“We have an excellent selection of active wear,” said Jaime. If you’re working on getting fit, do so in style with athletic gear from Goodwill. “And when you drop your first ten pounds, you can buy a whole new outfit because our prices are so affordable,” she added. You’ll also want to shop Goodwill for your new spring wardrobe.
All sizes of children’s clothing and shoes are base-priced at $2.49. Their stores also carry accessory items like scarves, belts, shoes, purses and jewelry. Jaime says they get lots of unique, vintage 40s and 50s jewelry items that can be purchased at truly great prices. You’ll find purses and other designer label items, juniors and student fashion trends with name brand labels that are popular with teens, all at a fraction of their original cost.
Visit Goodwill for a variety of housewares to decorate any room of your house. You’ll find small kitchen countertop appliances including toasters, blenders, coffee makers, and more.
“Many of our customers shop from one store to another because the merchandise is different at each store and new items appear daily,” said Jaime. If you enjoy good books, the Southwest Boulevard and the Garnett locations have great book selections. Both stores have books that are no longer in print. When’s the last time you saw a Betty Crocker cookbook? You’ll also enjoy an assortment of Oklahoma history and Native American books that are difficult to find.
Goodwill features Senior Day twice each month with 25 percent off your entire purchase if you are 55 or older. Customer Appreciation Day is once each month and also features 25 percent off the entire purchase for any customer. Mark your calendars now for February 16, the date of Goodwill’s Winter Half Price Sale featuring all men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing at 50 percent off. Visit www.goodwilltulsa.org to view the Goodwill Value Planner or ask for a copy when you visit any store. Goodwill is also on Facebook and Twitter.
Rita Gilliam, director of retail sales, is happy to announce some exciting changes coming to Goodwill this year. “Expanding our retail operations allows us to grow our programs and services. Our growth has been possible because of the support of our donors and because shoppers continue to discover the fun and value to be found at Goodwill.”
Goodwill will have a Reopening Celebration for their Joplin store on Thursday, February 28. This is a brand new store, same location, and same sales team as the store that was destroyed by tornadoes nearly two years ago.
This spring, Goodwill will break ground on a brand new Southwest Boulevard store. It will be two blocks south of the current store location, and Jaime Monroe will be the store manager. A grand opening will be announced for the fall of 2013.
If you haven’t done it before, try shopping the Goodwill retail stores in our area. You’re sure to be pleasantly surprised.
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.
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