The Pryor Times

November 7, 2013

Getting is giving at Second Impressions

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

PRYOR, OK — ‘Tis the season for giving.

From giving thanks to giving gifts, this is the season of generosity and one Pryor business is all about capturing the spirit of the season. Second Impressions Resale is run on volunteers and donated items.

“It's all about giving these items a second chance,” said Lee, a Second Impressions employee.

The proceeds benefit Safenet Services who specialize in giving second chances at life.

The store was founded in 2009, and originally operated in a two-story house on Vann Street. When the house burned down, the store was moved to 409 N. Mill St.

“You can shop for everyone here,” said Lee, proud of the wide variety of merchandise in the store.

Everything from shoes and handbags, to linens and dishes, electronics and appliances can be found on the shelves.

Volunteers clean up the donations, price the items and create the displays.

“It's great to be run by volunteers, it's something different every day. Yesterday we had seven volunteers doing different things. Today we have two men hanging Christmas lights outside and a young lady in here steaming shirts,” said Lee.

The store displays are a team effort, with everyone working on what they love, said Lee.

The store is a great shopping destination for Pinterest enthusiasts, crafters or do-it-yourselfers.

“This is a great place to find items to upcycle. We have people buy a pair of Levis and turn them into a handbag. Or, they buy candlesticks, spray paint them and make something entirely new,” said Lee.

Lee said shoppers don't always know the store's cause when they start shopping there but once they find out, they are more than generous.

The funds go directly to benefit Safenet Services, an organization dedicated to raising awareness and providing resources for the victims of sexual assault, stalking and domestic violence. Safenet provides counseling, education, court assistance, safety and other resources for those trying to rebuild their life.

“Pryor is a very caring community. With the funding climate, all non-profits are struggling to survive in right now, it is a crucial part of our budget and necessary to be able to provide continued service in our community,” said Pam.

Pam said she can think of no better gift for the holidays than a fresh, safe start.