By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: Retail | Issue: December 2007
Andrea Gardner (second from left), store manager, and her staff are ready to welcome you to the Broken Arrow Goodwill.
Goodwill just might be Tulsa’s best-kept fashion secret. With amazing bargains on up-to-date fashions in a department store atmosphere, it can be a great place for holiday shopping. And by shopping at Goodwill, customers are supporting a great cause; all proceeds support Goodwill’s vocational programs.
Goodwill features a wide variety of merchandise, including the latest fashions for the entire family, shoes, purses, jewelry, house wares, collectibles, toys, records, CD’s, DVD’s, electronics, decorative art, home décor items and more. The Goodwill location at 2800 Southwest Blvd. even has furniture.
“You can really stretch your fashion dollars at Goodwill,” says Rita Gilliam, Goodwill’s director of retail sales. Consignment store-quality merchandise at thrift store prices can be found at each location. The company offers junior fashions for teens and college students, as well as everyday great values on all baby and children’s clothes. And with its frequent specials, now is a great time to shop for holiday parties and gatherings.
Friendly customer service is a Goodwill specialty. “We’re really involved with our customers,” says Andrea Gardner, store manager for the Broken Arrow Goodwill store. “I’m a fashion consultant for them here. And all our staff is very friendly.”
Because Goodwill’s inventory comes from donations, each store’s selection is unique and changes every day. Customers should shop early and often for the best finds.
Also a great resource for collectors, Goodwill regularly gets limited-edition plates and figurines, teddy bears, Ty Beanie Babies, out-of-print books, dolls, toys and jewelry. As always, selection varies each week at each location. For the treasure hunters on your shopping list, Goodwill’s holiday gift certificates are a great idea.
For over 80 years, Goodwill Industries of Tulsa has provided employment opportunities and career development services for people with barriers to employment. Sales from Goodwill stores help support its vocational programs.
The Goodwill network is America’s largest employer of people with disabilities, and Goodwill’s vision is to become the leader in employment for those with barriers to employment by providing a broad range of programs. “When you shop at Goodwill, you’re helping to put a paycheck in somebody’s pocket that otherwise might not have one,” says Gilliam.
The Broken Arrow Goodwill store also hosts one of Goodwill’s Work Adjustment Training classrooms for high school students. At the Broken Arrow site, students from Broken Arrow and Jenks learn interviewing and job skills, in addition to on-the-job training on the sales floor.
Help Goodwill’s mission, not just by shopping at Goodwill stores, but by donating any unneeded, gently-used clothes, household goods, books and toys. All donations are tax deductible.
Where else can you get great bargains and support a worthy cause? This year, include Goodwill in your holiday shopping. Eight stores are located in the greater Tulsa area to serve customers: Tulsa, Owasso, Broken Arrow, Claremore, Bartlesville, Joplin and McAlester. All Goodwill stores are open seven days a week. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. To find the Goodwill store or donation center nearest you, visit Goodwill online at www.goodwilltulsa.org. More information about Goodwill’s workforce development programs can also be found on the company website.
Visit www.goodwilltulsa.org for locations.