Woman Tries To Breathe Life Into Shopping Center


Tuesday, November 27th 2007, 4:42 pm
By: News On 6


What once were bustling retail spaces in east Tulsa, are now looking for new life. One of those places on 21st Street has become a relocation center of sorts, for clothes, furniture and toys. News On 6’s Rick Wells reports a Tulsa woman is finding new homes for other people's misfits and castoffs.

The center east of Garnett where the pool hall was, is now the 16,000-square-foot dime-N-thrift.

"Now it's a place where families can come. Puts new look on a old neighborhood," said dime-N-thrift owner Tonie Larison.

Larson shops garage sales, estate sales and buys the things people bring in to the store. There is everything from car seats to clothes. There are bikes and bird cages, TV's and a tail pipe.

"Gymboree, Sprockets, you can’t buy that anywhere for a $1.25," said Tonie Larison.

You can at dime-N-thrift. There is a lot of the stuff you would see at someone’s garage sale, but you don't burn up $3 a gallon trying to find it.

Tom Forbes says he found a tuner which probably dates back to the 70s.

"This is a nice deal for the money," said Tom Forbes.

The store is loaded with all kinds of stuff. There's a sofa from decades ago, out of style for some, perfect for someone else.

"Everybody's strays and unwanted merchandise, for someone else to find," said Larison.

The dime-N-thrift is located at 21st Street, just east of Garnett and is open every day.

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