Oklahoma City is in love with itself. Its citizens want an endless supply of Oklahoma hats, shirts, and prints. They also want to purchase goods and services from Oklahoma-owned businesses. So, creative entrepreneurs in this city are jumping on the opportunity. The Indie Trunk Show, indietrunkshowokc.com, provides an opportunity for shoppers to buy goods from these businesses all in one place. Karen Jobe and Stacy Jobe Lea began Indie Trunk Show in 2014 with 86 local vendors. Now it’s grown to more than 200 Oklahoma vendors and 2,000 in average attendance, the largest and only one of its kind in the state. Indie Trunk Show hosts three shows a year. The next one is June 10, 2017 in The Pavilion building at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds.
“We love to support and advertise for these vendors who need to get their name and business out to the public to make a living at what they do,” Jobe Lea said. “We try to keep booth prices as low as possible to allow vendors to be able to participate in a large show. Oklahoma vendors selling in Oklahoma is a win-win for everyone.”
For every dollar that a shopper spends at a chain store, only around 43% stays in Oklahoma. When that dollar is spent at an independently owned Oklahoma business, around 73% stays in the state. Shopping local is one of the keys to growing our state’s economy.
Tickets for the June 10th show are $6. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in The Pavilion building at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds. At each show, Indie Trunk Show collects items for the Homeless Alliance. For the June 10th show people are encouraged to donate socks.