The Remarkable Shop, operated by the Junior League of Oklahoma City, is closing after 82 years

The Remarkable Shop, a resale and consignment store operated by the Junior League of Oklahoma City, generated funds used in community projects.
BY BRYAN PAINTER bpainter@opubco.com Modified: September 26, 2012 at 10:18 pm •  Published: September 27, 2012

In 1930, the Mickey Mouse comic strip made its first appearance, the dedication was held for George Washington's likeness at Mount Rushmore and The Remarkable Shop opened in Oklahoma City.

The Remarkable Shop, a resale and consignment store operated by the Junior League of Oklahoma City, has been beneficial in a way that was true to its name, said Cristi Reiger, the organization's president.

Through the decades, the shop generated more than $4 million, which the Junior League invested back into the community through trained volunteers and partnerships with dozens of community organizations.

However, the shop, 3208 N May Ave., will close Saturday. It will reopen only for a three-day closeout sale scheduled for Nov. 2-4 before being shuttered for good.

Reiger said the financial status of the shop coupled with the shifting retail environment made an evaluation necessary after several years of declining sales.

“The decision to close was not taken lightly, as we appreciate the love and dedication put into The Remarkable Shop over the years, as well as the enormous community impact (Junior League of Oklahoma City) has been able to make with its support,” Reiger said. “We would not be the organization we are today without it.”

Empowering women

The Junior League of Oklahoma City is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers, its mission statement says. Its purpose is educational and charitable.

The Remarkable Shop offers clothing, shoes and much more, Reiger said.

Reiger and Kristen Brown, the organization's president-elect, walked through the store noticing clothing such as a Nicole Miller dress, a Juicy Couture track suit and a Giorgio Armani suit. Near the front is University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University apparel. Many other items can be found throughout the store.

“We had a lot of businesswomen who couldn't necessarily afford to buy designer clothes at a fancy shop. They could come here and get them,” Reiger said. “So the clothing that we have here is all high quality. We don't take anything that's missing buttons, or looks worn or has holes. It had to be in a nice state for us to accept it.”

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at a glance

The Remarkable Shop will close

What: The Remarkable Shop, operated by the Junior League of Oklahoma City, is closing Saturday, then will reopen a final time for a closeout sale scheduled for Nov. 2-4.

When: The Remarkable Shop will operate 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. During the closeout sale, the shop will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 2 and noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 3 and 4.

Where: 3208 N May Ave.

Information: Go to www.jloc.org.

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