By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
Our Sisters’ Closet, the upscale resale shop of YWCA Oklahoma City, celebrated its 8th anniversary on Thursday, April 24. The resale store opened its doors in 2007. Since then they have not only provided funding for YWCA Oklahoma City, but they have positively impacted our community and our environment.
Our Sisters’ Closet has dispenses clothing to over 3,000 women and children and donated over $155,000 in merchandise.
Located in southwest Oklahoma City, the store has kept an estimated 640 tons of merchandise out of our landfills by recycling donated items.
“One thing that makes us special is once someone comes into our store, they become loyal because of who we are, what we do and the services that we provide” stated Cindy Reynolds, Director of Retail Operations.
In honor of the 8th anniversary Our Sisters’ Closet has organized a “Pay It Forward” campaign. Current costumers simply give a coupon to a friend, neighbor, or even a total stranger inviting them to visit the store. When visiting the store, customers can enter a drawing for a “percentage off” gift card.
“We actually opened 8 years ago on the 26th,” Reynolds said. “The shop is closed on Sunday’s so we are running a few specials that began on the 23rd and will run through Saturday, the 25th. We are letting customers draw a “percentage off” slip from our birthday sack during this time period.”
All revenue from Our Sisters’ Closet benefits the YWCA Oklahoma City shelter for battered women and their children.
“Our Sisters’ Closet is a resource and a lifeline for families. Every dollar we make has the power to save the lives of women and children escaping from homes of domestic violence,” says Reynolds. “We rely on donated items, volunteers and of course shoppers to keep our doors open and helping those in need.”
Metro shoppers will discover a variety of quality resale items at both locations, including women’s, children’s and infant clothing, household and kitchen items, books, toys and home decor.
Our Sisters’ Closet (OSC) provides a sustainable source of revenue for the YWCA’s programs for women and children in Central Oklahoma. The resale shop simplifies the process of providing YWCA program participants with the items needed so that they can rebuild their lives, free from violence.
“OSC gives shoppers the opportunity to find great merchandise at great prices, while supporting critical services for women and children in Central Oklahoma,” said Reynolds.
The resale shop is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Each Wednesday is Senior Discount Day, everyone 60+ years gets 20 percent off all clothing items.
Clothing, accessories and household items can be donated at the store located at 2209 S.W. 74th, Oklahoma City, 73159, or at YWCA OKC, at 2460 NW 39th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73112.
Individual and group volunteers are needed to help with tasks such as sorting, cleaning, organizing, setting up displays and merchandising the numerous items in the store.
Those interested in volunteering will need to participate in a 4-hour training class. They can contact the YWCA’s Volunteer Director at [email protected]
The YWCA Oklahoma City is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice and dignity for all. YWCA OKC is best known for being the only shelter for battered women and children in Oklahoma County.
Nearly 3,000 women, children and men receive help through YWCA programs, including emergency shelter for battered women and children, counseling, support groups, child care, transitional housing, financial literacy, batterer’s intervention and other services.
As the nation’s oldest and largest national movement, the YWCA is comprised of over 300 local associations, regional leaderships with a national office in Washington D.C. It works to strengthen their policies in the nation’s capital and in state and local governments.
For more information on Our Sisters’ Closet, visit www.ywcaokc.org or call 405-631-7171.