By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Retail | Issue: March 2016
Kim Prock, store manager of Thrift Harbor.
The team at Thrift Harbor in Claremore is excited to celebrate their five year anniversary this month. Since opening in downtown Claremore on March 14, 2011, the non-profit resale store and its vision have continued to grow. Thrift Harbor offers the community quality merchandise at an economical price while supporting the ministries of Hope Harbor Children’s Home & Family Ministries.
In conjunction with the anniversary milestone, Thrift Harbor is proud to announce the opening of its second store, located in Bartlesville at 208 E. 2nd St. “We have been blessed to receive enough donations to open a second location and help the community of Bartlesville by providing quality, low-cost clothing and goods to local families, while supporting the mission of Hope Harbor,” says Kim Prock, manager of Thrift Harbor. “Our goal is to be an inspiration to the community by helping families with their budgets and supporting our youth.”
The focus of Hope Harbor is on the lives of children and the needs of families facing pain, loss and desperation. The organization provides on-site services for at-risk teens through its Children’s Home and Academy, as well as off-site Christian counseling and parent training services.
According to Titus Robison, executive director of Hope Harbor, “We now have over 100 blue donation bins out all over northeastern Oklahoma, in Arkansas and the southern part of Kansas.” With a high volume of donations to the store as well as the bins, Thrift Harbor is able to get more people involved in their mission, “especially those who can’t come here to volunteer, and it helps get the word out in other parts of Oklahoma about our mission – the knowledge of who we are,” he says. “We have a great group of volunteers, and we are always looking for more helping hands.”
At both Thrift Harbor locations, shoppers will find a variety of clothing, shoes, handbags and other accessories, as well as a vast assortment of books, games, home décor, furniture and lots of knick knacks and collectibles, reasonably priced from $0.25 to $15. Thrift Harbor’s everyday low prices of $1.50 for quality adult and children’s clothing draws people in the door to shop for their families. Shoes start at $2 per pair.
Seasonal items are always available, as the store strives to keep on display those items and clothing that people need at just the right time. Currently, you’ll find displays of items for St. Patrick’s Day and Easter. The stores have large selections of spring and summer clothing and swimsuits, as well as prom dresses. New clothes are put out daily.
All donated merchandise is sorted through by volunteers who keep the good stuff. Broken, tattered and unsafe items are tossed. “We don’t sell anything that would be unsafe – meaning electronics and appliances,” Prock adds. “The clothing is inspected for quality, with no major rips or stains.”
To make a clothing donation or to donate other items, you can drop them off at the store, or at any of their blue donation bins located around the state. For pickup of larger items, call
“Our vision is to continue to grow and offer more for an affordable price,” says Prock. “We want to hear from our customers. If there is something they need and we can be a resource for our community, we would like to know. We still offer the best prices for resale in town.”
Thrift Harbor will be a participant in Claremore’s “Green Buck on Main Street” taking place this month. Customers are invited to shop select downtown merchants March 1-16 and enter to win a Pot of Gold Giveaway. The drawing will be held at the annual Bangers and Mash lunch event on March 17th at the Daily Progress parking lot.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.
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