The Duncan Banner

February 8, 2010

Storple invades Duncan

Toni Hopper

Reading books, baking cookies, knitting scarves — just some of the things a person can do when trapped inside during the winter months.

Oh, and don’t forget about cleaning out the clutter. It’ll help now that Storple has invaded Duncan.

Local business owners Tammy and Rex Ross of Storage ‘R’ Us, have been busy preparing for the arrival of Storple, delivering Storple-branded cookies and even getting the word out via Twitter and Facebook.

“It’s been really exhilarating. We’ve gotten lots of calls and we’re just hoping the weather doesn’t hurt us too bad Saturday when we have our big kick-off,” Rex Ross said the day before the storm happened.

The Duncan facility will be the first one to launch the Oklahoma born-idea, he said. Storple will also invade other Storage ‘R’ Us facilities in Chickasha and Lawton in future weeks. It officially kicks off Feb. 18, but items are already being listed, Ross said. Storple customers don’t have to be storage facility customers, he said.

“We’ve had people that are going to be listing furniture, antiques (radio, table). The first listings should be going up today,” he said.

All those listings will be available online and the genius of it, he said, is it’s completely anonymous for the sellers and buyers.

Ross explained that it’s like a huge garage sale, similar to eBay or Craigslist, but with Storple, if someone wants to sell something, they don’t have to handle the transaction personally. Instead, they deliver the item to the facility which tracks each item and stores it for 60 days or until it sells.

“What I like about it is that it’s anonymous, totally anonymous. Nobody will ever know the buyer or the seller and there’s always someone with something to store,” he said. Ross sees Storple as taking what he already offers and providing an additional service to his customers.

“It’s going to go really good in conjunction with storage. If someone has an item in storage they can put it on Storple and make money off it,” he said.

“I think it’s going to be beneficial for Duncan and surrounding areas, and for my tenants who have been storing things.”

Ross said he and his wife, Tammy, have been managing the Duncan storage facility since it first opened 10 years ago.

“The market in Duncan was a great market to introduce Storple to first.

“They (the owners) gave us the opportunity to do it first and we jumped at it. Duncan’s been really good to us,” he said. Ross said he anticipates its success and that with the growth of Storple, he could see hiring additional help.

Meanwhile, he’s only thinking about getting the Storple excitement into the community and encourages everyone to visit the Duncan business to learn more about Storple, at 3807 N. U.S. Highway 81. People can bring out their items to sell and they will help get it listed, even taking a picture for the online store.

— Toni Hopper is a reporter for The Duncan Banner. She can be reached at 580-255-5354, Ext. 132 or by e-mail at: