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After more than two years of planning and several long hours of preparation, Resale Haven, a vision of Women’s Haven, opened its doors just over a month ago.
Plans for the retail shop began in August 2009, but acquiring all the needed equipment, supplies and funds to put the plan in motion took a while. Receiving a grant from the Priddy Foundation really got the ball rolling.
In November, Women’s Haven hired Deana Adair as manager for the Duncan-based store and began moving in clothing racks and other items. In just a month, the hard work by the organization’s board members and volunteers had the shop ready to open on Dec. 1.
They will be having a grand opening on Thursday, with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m.
“We’ve been doing pretty well,” said Teresa Biffle, executive director of Women’s Haven.
“We haven’t advertised much yet but we’ve had a lot of people coming in.”
Part of the success may be the attractiveness of the shop. Instead of appearing like a typical resale store, Resale Haven looks more like a boutique, which is how organizers envisioned the facility.
“We’ve had several complements on how it looks,” Biffle said.
“Everyone can’t believe it looks as nice as it does.”
Although the store has been doing fairly good, Biffle said they are looking forward to the remainder of this month and February, when people will be spending their Christmas money. December is a hard time to open a business, due to the tight budgets of potential patrons.
All proceeds from Resale Haven go to helping Women’s Haven and its clients. Biffle said one of her long-term goals for the store is to actually make enough money to support Women’s Haven without depending on state grants.
“We also want to provide training for our victims, so they can go and find jobs,” she said. “And we want to provide quality items to people in the community at a low cost.”
Right now, the shop features high-quality clothing, shoes, handbags and costume jewelry, along with a few other household accessories. However, Biffle also dreams of adding furniture and larger items to the sales floor.
Women’s Haven clients can use vouchers to shop in the store.
Biffle asked that anyone with good-condition, name-brand items drop them off at the store at 324 S. U.S. Highway 81.
Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
“We’re excited, it’s been a long time coming,” said Biffle. “We want everyone to come out and shop, we have a lot of nice things.”