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STASH sells 'good things for all'

By Kelly Church

Downtown Norman shop with collector's items and gifts from all over the world and a slogan that reads 'Good Things for All', STASH features unique trinkets from all over the world that are ethically made and sustainable. STASH owner Rebecca Bean started her business because of her love of vintage items and attraction to gifts that are well crafted and have long-lasting charm. She's worked jobs in retail ? even a short-lived stint in a packaging and shipping warehouse ? and held jobs in event planning, all which she feels prepared her for her specialty storefront.

"STASH is a truly unique collection of goods that we find in our international travels, and from artisans and makers that are local," Bean said. "Every single item in shop is either vintage, fair trade or made in the U.S.A, a lot of it locally. We carry items that we would love to have ourselves, or would give as a gift."

Bean said in the past they've had inventory from Guatemala, Ecuador, Mexico, Argentina, Kenya, Peru, Jamaica, Uganda, Italy, Spain and more. The handmade sterling silver and turquoise jewelry from areas in the southwest are some of the best-selling items they offer. STASH also offers an assortment of greeting cards, "from sentimental to sassy," according to Bean, along with essential oil candles that are free of harmful waxes and chemicals, perfumes, soaps that look like crystals and more. Every month, the shop features a different artist and hosts an opening reception the second Friday of every month, all year.

"I love that the shop is constantly changing," Bean said.

The shop has been open since 2010. To introduce STASH to the community, Bean threw a big grand-opening party. Since, she's hosted many events at her store, often ones that benefit the Norman community. Some events she's hosted in the past include a craft beer fundraiser to raise money for a local animal organization, Stuff the Airstream to benefit Toys for Tots, and even the ongoing sale of mugs in the store that gives $5 of each sale to the local homeless shelter.

"Everything we do is with a heart for making this community a little better, a little brighter," Bean said. "Interacting with locals is my favorite thing about the shop ? as much as the wonderful products on our shelves. We have a commitment to maintaining a collaborative, open, friendly, artistic space that celebrates all the good that is going on in Oklahoma. That's why our slogan is 'Good Things for All'."

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