New Consignment Store Opens in Wheeling; Another Soon To Follow

Photo by Joselyn King Shannon Payton, right, owner of Payton’s Pretties — A Consignment Boutique, assists customer Lisa Gruber during the business’s first day Tuesday in the Elm Grove area of Wheeling.

What’s old is new again as two consignment shops with roots to one that recently closed open in Wheeling.

Payton’s Pretties — A Consignment Boutique opened Tuesday at 1994 Lumber Ave., while REStyle Consignment LLC is expected to welcome customers in Centre Market by the end of July.

Shannon Payton, of Payton’s Pretties, bought out The Clothes Collection, which closed its location on National Road during spring.

Brand names on the racks Tuesday included Michael Kors, Lily Pulitzer, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Guess.

The motto for the store is: “Everything in your sister’s closet, and more.” It contains a reference to Payton’s family history in the consignment store business.

Her aunt, Kera Smith, previously owned a consignment shop in Wheeling called Your Sister’s Closet, where Payton spent time during her youth.

Payton has a background in higher education administration and most recently served as director of student activities at West Virginia Northern Community College. She left that job last April.

“I always wanted to own my own business, and this opportunity presented itself,” she said. “I had to take the leap.”

Payton said it is a good time for consignment shops in the Ohio Valley.

“People are into recycling and reusing, and a lot of the items in the store actually have tags on them and have never been worn,” she said.

Women wanting to look professional can be stylish on a budget, and consignment stores provide that opportunity, Payton said.

Wheeling city employee Lisa Gruber stopped in to the shop during her lunch break.

“I’m so excited,” she said. “I could not wait until opening day. I definitely will be back.”

Payton is taking appointments for those wanting to sell their items on consignment at The Clothes Collection’s former phone number, 304-242-9474.

Rebecca Stahl, owner of REStyle, said she will start taking appointments for consignment next week, and the information will be on the shop’s Facebook page.

The name of the shop reflects her philosophy about recycling and reusing items, with the initials for Rebecca Elizabeth Stahl capitalized.

She graduated from Wheeling Park High School in 2012, and obtained a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from West Liberty University and a master’s degree in human nutrition and foods from West Virginia University.

Stahl said she believes consignment shops will be successful because people always are looking for a good deal coupled with quality and style.

In addition to clothing and accessories, Stahl plans to sell the watercolors she paints in the store, as well as the works of other local artists. She may also sell smaller furniture items she refinishes.

Both Stahl and Payton have plans to donate any items not selling to local organizations such as the YWCA and The House of the Carpenter.

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