"We're good at this," she said. "We can go in, take a look and sort it quickly and efficiently."
She said clients are often so impressed with this service that they will ask her to look through other items they have on hand. She warned: Anything over the two-hour service costs $25 an hour, but, she said, clients are often more than willing to pay to have things organized and taken care of.
One of the benefits of shopping at Savvy Chic is the assurance that high-end items purchased, like vintage handbags and accessories, have been authenticated by a third party, Patton assured.
"If someone brings in, say, a Louis Vuitton bag and they can't produce the sales receipt or some other form of verification, then we send it to an authentication service."
If the bag is found to be authentic, Patton will take it on consignment for 60 days.
At the end of that term, if it hasn't sold, the client has the option to pick it up or donate it to charity in exchange for a tax receipt.
This takes the guesswork out of shopping for Patton's clientele, and assures her reputation for quality.
"I have to be able to say it is 100 percent real," she said.
Giving back and raising money for charity are important aspects of being part of the local fashion community for Patton. The desire to help support local causes is what led her to create the first annual "Look Good, Do Good" event, to be held March 8. Items for "Look Good, Do Good" are donated by Patton and her clients.
Tickets are $40 and entitle the holder to entry to the event and three items of their choice: one coat; one dress, blouse or skirt; and one accessory. Tickets for "Look Good, Do Good" go on sale Tuesday.
Attendees will be allotted one vote per ticket, and the charity with the most votes will receive proceeds from the event.
During the event there will also be a silent auction of four luxury items to raise additional funds for the winning charity. This event, the first of its kind in Charleston, promises to be an exciting time and a great way to help out a good cause and score a few fantastic wardrobe pieces in the process.
Reach Autumn D.F. Hopkins at autumn.hopk...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.