CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Consignment Co. has a new home along Capitol Street in downtown Charleston.
Earlier this month, store owner Tammy Krepshaw closed up shop at 926 Quarrier St. — where she started the business in October 2001 — to move to a new storefront at 221 Capitol St., next door to Ellen's Ice Cream.
It's a move she had her eye on for quite some time.
"Since I started 12 years ago, my goal was always to be on Capitol Street," Krepshaw said.
She said many of her customers work along the downtown street and she hopes to take advantage of the increased traffic.
"I feel like Capitol Street is the heartbeat of Charleston, so it's really nice now to be a part of it," she said.
Krepshaw, 53, had a focused vision when she started the company.
"It's my passion in life to bring women in Charleston great clothes at a good price," she said.
She said she's enjoyed being able to watch that dream come true for more than a decade.
But the road wasn't always easy, and Krepshaw said it took a lot of smart business decisions early on to get her store on solid footing.
"There's a lot of consignment stores in the valley, and a lot of them come and go," she said.
She didn't want her store to have that kind of fate.
When she started looking for locations in 2001, she had her heart set on Capitol Street, which had the most foot traffic in the downtown.
But she heeded the advice of a friend who told her to start small, build her brand and work her way up. She did that at the Quarrier Street location.
"That was good business advice," she said.
She said in the early years she focused on establishing her customer base and building relationships with consignors.
Quality was key.
"I'm really picky about what I take, and a lot of my customers depend on that," Krepshaw said. "They know I'll only put the very best on the floor for them."
Consignment shops, also known as secondhand shops, involve a consignor bringing in an item for someone else to sell. The consignor retains ownership of the item until it sells, and when that happens, the consignor and retailer split the proceeds.