Featured Stories

Other Pamplin Media Group sites

A new kind of treasure hunt

Local owner of Tori’s Treasures Thrift?Shop is following his dream to open his own store

by: FAYE TAYLOR/SPECIAL TO THE CENTRAL OREGONIAN -  Left: Kyle (Tori) Hodnett, Louise Carter and Sid Carter.

A treasure hunt is always fun and that’s what Tori’s Treasures Thrift Shop is all about. It is not an ordinary thrift shop, but more a thrift boutique with a plethora of neatly furnished shelves and racks of unique and one-of-a-kind items.
   Kyle Hodnett, the owner, said he’d been working in Bend when a temporary medical condition prevented him from doing his job. The opportunity to follow his dream of opening a thrift shop presented itself, and with the help of his grandparents, Sid and Louise Carter, he jumped at the chance.
   “I’ve always enjoyed shopping at thrift stores and garage sales and that kind of thing. Recently, in the last few months, my dad’s been interested in the storage auctions, so he and I have gone to several of those and I’ve purchased several of those. That’s a fun thing to do,” Hodnett said.
   Hodnett prides himself on organized shelves and everything has a price tag, so everything is convenient for his customers — no one has to dig through to find something.
   “I keep my shelves full, but I don’t keep them so full that somebody can’t just reach up there and grab something they want to look at and not feel like they’re going to knock a bunch of stuff off.
   “I take a lot of pride in buying my stuff for low enough to be able to sell it at a very reasonable price,” he said.
   He picks up collectibles when he can, but also has décor, kitchen items, sporting goods, tools, some furniture, and hardware. The store also has some personal accessories like purses, hats, shoes, and more.
   If you can’t find what you’re looking for at Tori’s Treasures, he’s happy to keep an eye out for it when he is doing his buying.
   “About the only thing I don’t have is clothes,” Hodnett said.
   Although he doesn’t accept items from individuals, he appreciates being informed of garage sales and estate sales, which he sometimes shops.
   Since Hodnett’s first name is Kyle, it was interesting to find out why he named the business Tori’s Treasures.
   “My sister came up with this nickname, Tori, (for me) and I said a long, long time ago that if I ever open a thrift shop, I’m going to call it Tori’s Treasures,” Hodnett said with a grin.
   Tori’s Treasures Thrift Shop
   Store hours are Tues. – Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tori’s Treasures Thrift?Shop is located at 160 N.E. Seventh St. next to Cooper Electric. Look for them on Facebook.