By Megan Sando
STILLWATER, Okla. —
The Summit Co., 117 W. 7th Ave., was a popular destination for shoppers on Thursday, the first day of the annual Krazy Days shopping spree Stillwater.
Many items were marked 50 percent off at Summit, which printed a limited number of anniversary T-shirts. Most adult sizes were sold out by noon. One shopper, Kyle Mueller, said his mom arrived at 7:15 a.m. to get one before they sold out.
“I came to Summit for outdoor stuff — camping, hiking — things like that,” Mueller said. “The best deal I got was 50 percent off a North Face T-shirt.”
Sonni Kolasinac and husband Damir, both Oklahoma State students, were on their lunch break downtown when they saw shoppers and sales racks line the street.
“We were pleasantly surprised,” Sonni said. “And didn’t know it existed.”
Business owner and shopper Jeannie Dibble said many shop owners shop themselves during Krazy Days.
“I can look for things we don’t order from markets and gather special items for kids and teenagers,” Dibble said.
Dibble, owner of the 9th Ave. Market, 119 E. 9th Ave., said Krazy Days has its benefits to the community.
She said “the underworld of Krazy Days” is when she can purchase an item for half price, fix it up and resell it.
“It keeps it in the community, from the donator, to the buyer and then resale,” she said.
“With the economy the way it is, people don’t want to buy brand new and we stay busy.”
Common items at her store are furniture of all sorts, frames, pillows and even custom art by local artist Adam Sanders.
Dibble said the store is buying a stock of items at Krazy Days for students coming in starting Aug. 1.
Next door, at Formal Fantasy, 121 E. 9th Ave., Sruor Frhn is shopping for the second year not only for herself, but also her family.
“It’s cheaper, so I get gifts for my family and friends,” she said.
Frhn plans to take the nearly $200 she spent on dresses back to her home country in Iraq.
“The best deal I’ve had all day?” she laughed. “It’s the best deal all my life.”
She said dresses cost an equivalent of more than $80 each in Iraq, but Thursday she was able to get 59 dresses, some at 99 cents per dress.
Shoppers can experience Krazy Days through Sunday, with music, food and inflatable attractions for kids downtown at the Chris Salmon Plaza.