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The Catz Pajamaz Consignment Shoppe debuts near Donegal

| Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, 9:03 p.m.
For The Mt. Pleasant Journal
Husband and wife Gary and Joy Monticue of Stahlstown, along with Joy’s daughter, Julie Dolton of Ligonier, recently opened The Catz Pajamaz Consignment Shoppe along state Route 31 in the Donegal Village Shoppes in Donegal Township. Pictured (from left) are Joy Monticue; her granddaughter, Isabella Dolton, 4; and Joy's daughter, Julie Dolton in a photograph taken Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. Linda Harkcom | For The Mt. Pleasant Journal

A local family recently opened a new, high-end consignment shop in Donegal Township.

Husband and wife Gary and Joy Monticue of Stahlstown, along with Joy's daughter, Julie Dolton of Ligonier, on Dec. 1 opened The Catz Pajamaz Consignment Shoppe located at 3782 state Route 31 in the Donegal Village Shoppes.

The business features high-end, gently used clothing for men, women and children, along with shoes, accessories and antiques.

They items range from T-shirts to fur coats.

“They have to be mall brand names or designer names,” Joy Monticue said. “We are really picky about what we take in.”

The store also features new clothing, including clothes and scarves from the Sacred Thread brand, which Monticue said is a fair trade company,

The business also carries new clothing and other items from American Eagle, Holister, Aeropostale and Abercrombie & Fitch.

“We are able to sell them at half off the mall prices and they are brand-new,” Monticue said.

In addition to the apparel, the store also features new, antique reproduction furniture made by Gary Monticue and pewter picture frames and other pewter items made by T & K Casting of Stahlstown.

Monticue said customers can give her their name, phone number, sizes and she will call when new items arrive.

Regina Tinkey of Cook Township shopped at the new store recently.

“I think the shop is adorable. They have quite a variety of items and they even have Aeropostale and other brand names. Their prices aren't bad for what you're buying and everything was a real good quality,” said Tinkey.

The store accepts checks, cash, credit and debit cards as payment.

Consigners must schedule an appointment to bring items in. They are permitted to bring in 15 to 20 items per appointment.

“We are still accepting winter and fall clothing and, at the beginning of March, we will begin accepting spring and summer clothing,” Dolton said.

Consigners make 50 percent on their items when sold at the store. Monticue said consigners are paid by check or they may also opt to take a store credit.

Dolton said she and her mother set the price unless the customer has an expensive item they want to make a certain amount of money on.

After 90 days items can be picked up or marked down 50 percent.

The shop is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. and closed on Monday and Tuesday.

“Some days I'll stay open later, especially on weekends; it depends on the crowd,” Monticue said.

The women are planning a special promotion that will begin in February.

Every Sunday, customers who show up in an actual pair of pajamas will get 10 percent off of their purchase.

“If the pajamas they are wearing actually have cats on them, they will get 15 percent off,” Monticue said.

Those seeking more information are asked to email or call the store at 724-593-CATZ, or “Like” them on Facebook at Catz Pajamaz Consignment Shoppe.

Linda Harkcom is a freelance writer.