Encore Resale helps women in need

BY STACIE BOSTON
Reporter – @cp_sguthrie
04/15/2013 08:44 AM
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Manager Bobbie Smith, left, rings up a customer at the Encore Resale shop in Tahlequah, Okla. STACIE GUTHRIE/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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The Encore Resale shop in Tahlequah, Okla., is branched through the city’s Help-In-Crisis center and helps women in their times of need by letting them shop for free. STACIE GUTHRIE/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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A customer checks his phone at the Encore Resale shop in Tahlequah, Okla. The store is branched through the city’s Help-In-Crisis center. STACIE GUTHRIE/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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A woman looks at a pair of jeans for a child at the Encore Resale shop in Tahlequah, Okla. The shop helps women in their times of need by letting them shop for free. STACIE GUTHRIE/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – When women in the community are down on their luck, they need not worry. Encore Resale, a store branched through the city’s Help-In-Crisis center is there to help them during their times of need.

The shop was founded in 2009 to help fund Help-In-Crisis, a women’s shelter that helps needy women. Proceeds from Encore Resale help fund the shelter’s bills and payroll, as well as meet both outlets’ needs.

The shop is open to all, but needy women can go to Help-In-Crisis and get a voucher to shop for free.

“Years ago, people would donate stuff to the office…but it got so much that they needed a place to put it,” Bobbie Smith, Encore Resale manager and Cherokee Nation citizen, said. “So they set up a resale shop. It’s kind of a two-way benefit. It helps funds us and also gives to the community.”

At the first of each month, the shop has different types of bag sales, which help move products and aid needy community members.

“This community is not a rich community,” Smith said. “This store actually benefits a lot of people because we have really good prices and we have a lot of good quality stuff.”

Encore Resale is also always in need of volunteers, particularly in the summer because it’s yard sale season and the donations pile up quickly and volunteers are scarce because people are enjoying the season.

“Whenever yard sale season is in full swing, we have more donations in a day then we can process and so we kind of get a little backed up,” Smith said.

Encore Resale will accept donations at any time, but Smith said she prefers to take them during normal business hours so items do not have to sit for long periods of time. People can also donate directly to Help-In-Crisis.

“Our shelter is in need of towels,” she said. “The shelter is always in need of bath items, underwear and socks.”

People from all over donate for different reasons. Some donate to help women get back on their feet.

“I decided to donate my belongings to this organization because it empowers women to have a better quality of life,” Guinnevere Allen of Elden said. “I strongly believe in this organization.”

Many CN citizens receive help from Help-In-Crisis and Encore Resale, and many CN citizens shop at Encore Resale to help those in need or just to shop at a store with fair prices.

Smith said the shop also has a lot of Native American artworks and different items that show a glimpse into the Native American culture. She added that having these pieces helps others see into the Cherokee culture.

“Heritage in this community is very strong,” she said. “Knowing that we have that (artwork and clothing) donated and sold also helps to enrich the culture here to maybe people who wouldn’t necessarily go out to the Cherokee Heritage Center to purchase Cherokee clothing and artwork and stuff like that, to be able to come here and see it, where they wouldn’t normally.”

The shop not only benefits women who seek help, but also college students who receive CN scholarships in order to fulfill the scholarships’ volunteer requirements. Students perform various tasks such as sorting through items and decorating mannequins. Smith said she values the students’ time spent helping keep the shop on track.

“Whenever they come and volunteer they only get to spend a few hours,” she said. “What’s really great is they love to decorate. We have a lot of really excellent volunteers that come in from the CN scholarship program, and I really value their help because they really do help make a difference because every little bit helps.”

For more information, call Smith at 918-453-0466 or visit Encore Resale at 109 N. College Ave., to shop or donate.

stacie-guthrie@cherokee.org


918-453-5000 ext. 5903

ᏣᎳᎩ

ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ. – ᎢᏳᏃ ᎠᎨᏯ ᎾᎿ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎡᎭ ᎤᏂᎩᏓ ᏱᎩ, Ꮭ ᎠᏎ ᎤᎾᏓᏅᏖᎸᏓ ᏱᎩ. Encore ᎤᎾᏓᎾᏅ ᎠᏂᎾᏕᎪ, ᎠᏓᎾᏅ ᏂᏓᏳᏛᎾᎦᏝᏅᎯ ᎾᎿ ᎦᏚᎲ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ ᏍᏓᏯ ᏄᎾᎵᏍᏓᏁᎲᎢ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᎯ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏔᏂᏙᎲ ᏗᎬᏩᏂᏍᏕᎸᏗ.

ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏓᎾᏅ ᎤᏃᎷᏩᏛᏓ ᎾᎿ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏐᏁᎳ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᏂᏴᏎᎲ ᎠᏂᎨᏯ ᎨᏥᏍᏆᏂᎪᏙᏗ ᎤᏂᏂᎬᏎᎲ ᎠᏂᎨᏯ. ᎤᏃᏢᏅ ᏂᏓᏳᏓᎴᏅ Encore ᎠᏂᎾᏕᎬ ᎠᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗᏍᎪ ᏧᎾᏈᏴᏔᏂᏓᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᏧᎾᏈᏴᏓᏁᏗ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎤᏂᏂᎬᏎᎲ ᎠᏂᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗᏍᎪ ᎤᏂᏂᎬᏎᎲᎢ.

ᎯᎠ ᎤᎾᏓᎾᏅ ᎤᏂᏍᏚᎢᏓ ᎨᏐ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏊ ᎨᎶ ᎤᏪᏓᏍᏗ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎤᏂᏂᎬᎦ ᎠᏂᎨᏯ ᎬᏩᏁᏓᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎤᎾᏓᎾᏅ ᎠᎴ ᎬᏩᏁᏍᏗ ᎤᎩᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᏂᎬᏎᎲ ᎠᏎᏊᎢ.

“ᎪᎯᎦ ᏥᎨᏒ, ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎠᏅᎵᎪᎸᏗᏍᎬ ᎢᏳᏍᏓᏊ ᎾᎿ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ….. ᎠᏎᏃ ᎤᎪᏗ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᎤᏂᏂᎬᎬ ᎤᏂᏅᏗ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎠᏂᎩᏍᎬᎢ,” Bobbie Smith, Encore ᎤᏂᎾᏕ(ᎲᏍᏗ ᎧᏁᏥᏙᎯ ᎠᎴ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎨᎳ, ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ ᏃᏊᏃ ᎤᏂᏍᏕᎢᏒ ᎤᏂᎾᏕᏒᎲᏍᏗ. ᎾᏍᎩ ᏔᎵ ᏚᏙᏢᏒ ᎠᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗᏍᎪ. ᎣᏣᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗᏍᎪ ᎠᎴᏗᏍᏊ ᏙᏥᏁᎰ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ.”

ᎢᎬᏱ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏕᎧᎸᏤᎬ, ᎾᎿ ᎠᏓᎾᏅ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᏕᎦᎸᏗ ᏓᏂᎸᏗᏍᎪ ᏗᎾᏬ ᏓᏂᎾᏕᎪ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎣᎩᏍᏕᎵᏍᎪ ᎣᎩᎲᏍᏗ ᎠᎿᎥ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᏂᎬᏎᎲ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎠᏁᎳ.

“ᎯᎠ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ Ꮭ ᏧᏛᏓ ᏱᎩ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Smith. “ᎯᎠ ᎠᏓᎾᏅ ᏙᎯᏳ ᏓᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎪ ᎤᏂᎪᏓ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᏍᎪ ᎣᏍᏓᏊ ᎢᏴ ᏙᎩᎬᏩᎶᏙ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎪᏓ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎣᎩᎾᎣᎢ.”

Encore ᎤᎾᏓᎾᏅ ᎾᏍᏊ ᏂᎪᎯᎸ ᏚᏂᏂᎬᎪ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎠᎾᏓᎵᏍᎪᎸᏗᏍᎪ, ᎤᎪᏛ ᎪᎩᏗᏢ ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏔᎵᏁ ᏓᏂᎾᏕᏒᎲᏍᎪ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏗᏍᎪ ᎤᎪᏓ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎪ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎤᏂᏰᎸᏐᎢ.

“ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏧᎾᏓᎾᏅᏗ ᏥᎨᏐ, ᎤᎪᏙ ᎠᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏗᏍᎪ ᎾᏃ ᎣᏥᎾᏕᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎦᏲᏟ ᎣᏦᏢᏍᎪ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Smith.

Encore ᎤᎾᏓᎾᏅ ᏓᏂᏁᏍᎪ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏔᏅ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᎢᏊ ᏴᎢ, ᎠᏎᏃ Smith ᎤᏛᏅ ᏳᎪᏓ ᏳᏚᎳ ᎤᏂᏲᏢᏗ ᎤᏂᏍᏚᎢᏓ ᎨᏒ ᎤᎾᏓᎾᏅᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ Ꮭ ᎪᎯᏓ ᏯᎰ ᎨᎳᏢᎢᏴ ᎠᏅᏗᏍᎪᎢ. ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎡᎵᏊ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏙᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᏒ.

“ᎣᎪᏢᏒ ᏚᏂᏂᎬᎦ ᏗᎵᎧᏲᏗ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ. ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏙᏢᏒ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏂᎪᎯᎸ ᎤᏂᎬᎪ ᏙᏯ ᎤᏁᏓᏍᏗ ᎤᏅᏔᏂᏓᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎵᏲ.”

ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᏂᎬ ᏂᏓᏳᏂᎶᏒ ᎠᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏗᏍᎪ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎢᏳᏱᎸᏓ. ᎢᎦᏓ ᎠᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏗᏍᎪ ᏓᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬ ᎠᏂᎨᏯ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎢᎬᏩᎾᎵᏍᏓᏁᏗ.

“ᏓᏊᎪᏔᏅ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎠᎩᎾᎥᎢ ᎠᏆᎵᏍᎪᎸᏙᏗ ᎯᎠ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬ ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᏚᎾᏟᏂᎪᎯᏍᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᏂᎨᏯ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏓᏤᎸ ᎤᎾᎴᏂᏓᏍᏗ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Guinnevere Allen ᎡᎳᏗᏂ ᎡᎭ. “ᎤᏟᏂᎩᏓ ᎠᏉᎯᏳ ᎯᎢᎾ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬᎢ.”

ᎤᏂᎪᏓ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏁᎳ ᎨᏥᏍᏕᎸᎭ ᏂᏓᏳᏓᎴᏅ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᏍᏓᏯ ᏄᎾᎵᏍᏓᏁᎵᏙᎲ ᎠᏂᎨᏯ ᎠᎴ Encore ᏔᎵᏁ ᎤᎾᏓᎾᏅᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᎪᏓ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏁᎳ ᎠᎾᏓᎾᏁᏒᎲᏍᎪ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏓᎾᏅᎢ Encore ᏔᎵᏁ ᎤᎾᏓᎾᏅᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᏂᎬᏎᎲ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏓᎾᏁᏒᎲᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᏓᎾᏅ ᎦᏲᏟ ᏧᎬᏩᎶᏗ.

Smith ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏓᎾᏅ ᎤᏂᏁᎣ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᎠᎹᏱᏟ ᎠᏁᎯ ᎤᏃᏢᏅᏅᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎪ ᎾᎿ ᏗᎩᎶᏒ ᎢᎬᏔᏅᏅ ᎨᏒᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎢᎩᎾᎥ ᎠᏂᎪᏩᏗᏍᎪ ᎠᏂᏐᎢ ᎤᏂᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏄᎾᏛᏁᎸᏍᏔᏅᎢ.

“ᏗᎦᏓᎴᏅ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏂᏙᎸ ᎠᎭᏂ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏟᏂᎩᏓ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎣᎬᏅᏛ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎣᎩᏁᎥ ᎾᎿ (ᎪᏢᏅᏅ, ᏗᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᏅ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎾᏬ) ᎠᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏗᏍᎪ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏁᏕᎪ ᎤᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎪ ᎠᎾᏅᏓᏛᎲᏍᎪ ᏂᏧᎵᏍᏔᏅᏍᏔᏅ ᏅᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᎪᏩᏛᎲᏍᎬ ᎠᎿᎥ ᎠᏓᎾᏅᎢ Ꮭ ᎠᏎ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏧᎾᏓᎴᏅ ᎠᏂᏃᎮᏍᎩ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᏩᎯᏍᏗ ᏧᎾᏅᏬ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏃᏢᏅᏅ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏍᏓ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎣᎩᏁᎢ ᎠᎭᏂ ᎠᏓᎾᏅᎢ, ᏝᏃ ᏱᎦᏲᎵ ᎠᏎᏃ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏍᏗᏓᏂ ᎣᎩᏁᎢ.”

ᎯᎠ ᎠᏓᎾᏅ Ꮭ Ꮩ ᎠᏂᎨᏯᏊ ᎢᎦ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ ᏱᎩ, ᎾᏍᎩᏍᎩᏂ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᏓᏂᏁᏍᎬ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏗᏍᎪ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏓᎾᏅ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏎ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏗ. ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᏯᏛᎾ ᏗᎾᏬ ᏓᎾᏑᏰᏍᎪ ᏧᏂᏢᏓ ᏧᏂᎾᏗᏅᏓ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏃᏚᏍᏗᏍᎪ ᎤᏂᎼᎥ ᎠᏓᎾᏅ. Smith ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎤᎸᏉᏛ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎰᎢ.

“ᎢᏳᏃ ᏳᏂᎷᏣ ᎠᎴ ᏱᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎶᏟ ᎢᎸᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏟᎶᏓ ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎰ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎢᎦ ᎤᏂᎸᏉᏓ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎤᏬᏚᎭ ᏳᏅᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗᎢ. ᎤᏂᎪᏓ ᎠᏁᏙᎰ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᎯ, ᎠᎴ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᎦᏥᏱᎸ ᎬᎩᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬᎢ ᏙᎯᏳ ᏄᏓᎴ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎪ ᎾᏅᏁᎵᏙᎲ ᎬᎩᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬᎢ.”

ᎤᎪᏛ ᏲᏚᎵ ᎠᏕᎶᎰᎯᏍᏗ, ᎠᏟᏃᎮᏙᏗ Smith at 918-453-0466 or visit Encore Resale at 109 N. College Ave., ᎾᎿ ᎠᏓᎾᏁᏒᎲᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎵᏍᎪᎸᏙᏗᎢ.

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