"You could get a three-piece suit, including a name-brand blouse and shoes, for only $25. We get a lot of high-end, name-brand stuff -- Ralph Lauren, Talbots, Anne Klein. Customers leave our store with great clothes, looking very well dressed," she said.
But they also leave with everything from formal wear to scrubs and work clothes, practical things people need every day.
Customers also can look forward to specials. The basement of the store functions as a second discount sales floor Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., where shoppers can expect to find super bargains on things that are "off-season, unsorted or with minor problems."
The first Friday and Saturday of each month, Past & Present offers a "bag sale" on all the basement items. Bargain hunters can leave the basement with everything they can fit in a grocery bag for $2 to $3 per bag. The basement is filled to overflowing with things like WVU athletic wear and kitschy corduroy pants.
The shop is neatly organized, sorted by clothing type. Turner and her staff constantly rotate the outfits displayed on the mannequins, keeping up with trends and styles to inspire customers.
"Someone can come get jeans for $3 to $5 and look nice for a fraction of what they would pay in the stores. It makes it easier for people to dress their kids and themselves on a budget. We get Abercrombie, Hollister, American Eagle -- all the name-brand things and latest styles that people want."
Something is always on sale, Turner also pointed out, even on the main floor. The clothing is color-coded with "tag pins" to designate which items are 50 or even 75 percent off.
It's not only fun for shoppers, it's also fun for workers with a passion for fashion.
Staff members Carol Butler and Vivian Kolasinski were on hand, picking outfits and chatting with customers on the busy retail floor, during this interview.
"Yeah, that's cute! Um, no, that doesn't exactly work," joked Butler, quoting her bluntly honest fashion guidance for shoppers. "Well, I would rather someone be honest with me when I shop! I don't want to get home and think, eww! I have got this reputation for telling someone when something doesn't look good on them."
The store is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the basement is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
Reach Autumn D.F. Hopkins at autumn.hopk...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.