By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Retail | Issue: October 2008
Valerie Lindsey owns Treasured Memories, the new scrapbooking store in Sapulpa located at 502 E. Dewey.
Sapulpa-area scrapbooking fans now have a special place of their own to shop, work and share ideas. It’s Treasured Memories Scrapbook Store at 502 E. Dewey. Owner Valerie Lindsey says that her new store is a huge blessing in her life.
It had been a year and a half since the only scrapbooking store in Sapulpa closed its doors. Valerie kept thinking, “Somebody has to open a store.” The cost of gasoline was rising, and many people who wanted to work on their scrapbooks found it difficult to make a trip to Tulsa.
After months of prayerful thought and research, she finally decided, “Why not me?” Valerie was ready for a change after 13 years as a consultant. Scrapbooking was her stress reliever and creative outlet during that time; now the minister’s wife and mother of three would turn it into a business – a very special business.
She envisioned a store in a convenient location. It would be a community that fulfilled the needs and wants of scrapbookers in the area, and friends and neighbors would come together to help each other and learn from one another.
On August 1, 2008, Valerie opened Treasured Memories, directly across from the Sapulpa Police Department on historic Route 66. “Once I let go and let God take over, everything just fell into place,” she said.
Treasured Memories carries a wide range of general merchandise, as well as specifics for the Sapulpa community. Custom school stationery includes Sapulpa, Kiefer, Kellyville, Bristow, Mounds, Glenpool, Beggs and Sand Springs. Also available are papers for 4-H and FFA, sports, and cheerleading. Valerie says that she is not competing with big chain stores; she simply wants to provide good products at great prices, and the products that customers request.
One of Valerie’s unique and most popular items is Michele Ackerman’s Old MacDonalds Farm line for babies. Many customers have commented that even large chain stores in Tulsa do not carry this line.
Name brands include Karen Foster papers and embellishments and Bazzill cardstock. The store offers lots of coordinated brads, stickers, ribbons and other accessories, as well as adhesives, rubber stamps and clear stamps. Many themes are available, including Western, family, faith and inspiration.
For beginners or those in a hurry, Treasured Memories carries themed paper packs and pre-made page spreads. Crafters can be finished in a flash with wonderful results to keep or present as a gift. Or, they can hang their projects on the special gallery wall for everyone to enjoy.
A good selection of merchandise is on hand for fall, with new items arriving each week. You’ll find many great gift ideas for Christmas, including gift certificates, organizers, scrapbooking totes, purses and wallets, albums, and frames.
Valerie says that she will offer Saturday make-and-take classes by popular request. All classes are in the cozy and well-lit crop room. Scrapbook crop, criss-cross cards, lunch bag pocket books, and squash book classes are scheduled for October. Holiday classes will be added soon.
Now is the perfect time to take old family photos out of shoeboxes and turn them into treasured memories. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Ask Valerie for more information on the make-and-take classes and special event bookings. Ideas for new classes and merchandise are always welcome.
Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.