Once the item is sold, SavvyChic keeps 60 percent and Lady X gets 40 percent. On items sold for more than $100, the split is 50-50.
She sends out checks twice a month to those whose items have been sold. A special computer program designed just for retail consignment shops "has made life so much easier" in keeping track of what item belongs to what seller.
And in cases of "absolutely fabulous finds," Patton said she will pay cash to the seller.
She considers the Kate Spade coat in that category. The same coat sells on several online sites from $1,200 to $1,400. The price tag on the one hanging in SavvyChic last week read $375.
"People come in and are shocked at the price point," she said.
For instance, she pulled off the rack a Trina Turk pantsuit. "Online it's over $200. Here's it's $69. That's reasonable. You can still look great and not go broke in the process."
Patton also carries vintage clothing, which she defined as clothes from the 1930s to the 1980s.
One such piece in the front of the shop, where Patton said she showcases her boutique items, was a soft faux tiger walking coat for $79.
She said most of the pricing is in the $22-to-$70 range. For items costing more than $100, SavvyChic has a 30-day layaway program -- yet another service she said many stores don't offer.
Patton believes her new venture complements the other nearby antique, consignment and vintage shops and hopes SavvyChic will contribute to revitalizing the downtown. She said longtime city residents have visited the shop and pointed out what stores used to be where and talked about how vibrant the downtown used to be.
Meeting those residents is what she likes about the retail business. "This is something I can enjoy doing and not think of it as work," she said about her shop.
SavvyChic, 817 Quarrier St., is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Phone 304-344-9499; www.savvyischic.com.
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