Some people might wonder why we are asking for funding to help the ROMP Rummage Store, 112 E. Main, Locust Grove OK, stay open in the future. The store has been closed since March 14 and we are uncertain about our continued ability to pay bills while we have no income. It’s just a thrift store, right? Well . . . actually the store
- helps raise funds that are paid to people who enter ROMP’s free poetry contests. Thousands of dollars have been given away in these contests over the years.
- provides household goods of all kinds for low-income people in the area
- is a business that collects and pays sales tax that benefits our local and state governments
- provides good, clean clothes, always $1 per item (50 cents for toddlers) for people who cannot afford new clothes.
- offers books, magazines, books on tape and other reading and educational materials for 10 cents or 25 cents per item.
- provides an opportunity for students and Cherokee Nation citizens needing or wanting to do community service
- occupies a space in downtown Locust Grove and keeps an attractive storefront and thriving business to improve the downtown atmosphere.
- serves as an impromptu meeting and news-gathering space (seriously–it’s not just gossip!).
- is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity organization and survives on tax-deductible donations from area citizens.
- is the main contributor to the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry’s operating funds. From its inception in 2012 until the rummage store opened in 2016, the museum’s costs were totally paid for by the director Shaun Perkins. However, when she was no longer working full-time, paying the museum’s costs became difficult.
- contributes art and other supplies for free workshops and events
- operates like a Chamber of Commerce, providing a space for people to get information on local activities and poetry and arts events
- includes an interactive poetry annex for people who cannot visit the museum itself 2 miles outside of town
- brought National Poet Laureate Joy Harjo to town with a Big Read grant co-written by Shaun Perkins, ROMP director
- helps with free arts and writing workshops
PLEASE help the rummage store be able to re-open by buying some wonderful poetry magnets at the link below:
If you would just like to make a monetary donation, you can do at this page.
If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Shaun Perkins, ROMPoetry@gmail.com or 918-864-9152.