By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Retail | Issue: February 2009
The Goodwill team at the new retail and collection facility at 51st & 193rd E. Ave. includes (L to R): Katy Myers, Michelle Fitzsimonds, Alicia Fix and Manager Jamie Monroe.
Goodwill Industries of Tulsa opened its new Stone Creek store and drive-through donation center at 9 a.m. immediately following the official ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, January 7, 2009. When the doors opened for business, the parking lot was virtually full. This is the ninth Goodwill store to open.
The new Goodwill facility is located just west of 193rd E. Ave. (County Line Road) on 51st St. in Tulsa. All Goodwill store locations share the same hours of operation: 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Andrea Gardner, store manager for the Goodwill located at 91st & 145th E. Ave., was on hand for the new store’s opening. “We are all a part of the same team,” says Andrea. “I think the addition of a second store in the area will help business at both locations.” Andrea says she has several good customers that have shopped her store for the past eight years who are excited they can now have an entire day of Goodwill shopping with the two locations.
If you’ve never visited a Goodwill retail store, you really need to treat yourself to one of the best-kept shopping secrets in the area. The great prices will absolutely knock you off your feet, and the quality of merchandise is exceptional. All stores carry everything from clothing to housewares and much, much more. You’ll find items such as purses, belts, dress and casual shoes, tennis and other athletic shoes, shirts, suits, jackets and coats, jewelry, framed art prints, cookbooks, pots and pans, dishes, glassware, home décor, vases, lamps, cooking ware, toys, baskets and watches.
Goodwill features clothing sections for men, women and children. They have jewelry cases full of items for juniors and women, plus a special display case full of Longaberger baskets, Waterford Crystal and dozens of other collectibles including Carnival antique glass that was made during the Great Depression. Most clothing items are gently used, while some are brand new. One wall display at the new store is full of designer handbags, and there are racks of shoes for men, women and children. Some of the brands include Coach, Auginer and Liz Claiborne. And again, you won’t believe the values. You’ll be making purchases at a fraction of the price you’d pay at department stores.
The really wonderful thing about shopping Goodwill stores is that you’re helping others. Goodwill Industries is a non-profit agency that provides job training, as well as employment and placement opportunities, for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. The revenue from the sale of donated goods helps to fund Goodwill’s training programs and services.
The new Stone Creek store has a drive-through donation center that accepts donations of gently used clothing and small household items. An attendant is available to assist with unloading items and, as always, will provide you with a tax receipt. Each Goodwill location provides a quick, beneficial way to recycle unneeded clothing and household items. According to Stone Creek Goodwill store manager Jamie Monroe, “Goodwill is a great way to feel good, do good, and clean out your closets.” And if you get in the habit of shopping Goodwill, you’re going to look good.
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.