Now, she's turned her passion into a business. Over the summer, she opened the Polkadots and Pinstripes, a resale boutique in Southampton.
"I love to shop and dress my kids, " Citrigno says. "And I thought, with today's economy, it's a great idea for people to come and shop and spend very little money and get name-brand clothing in pristine condition."
Much of the inventory once belonged to Citrigno's two daughters or her son. But she also pays cash for name-brand clothes in excellent condition.
Sellers take home 40% of the price Colleen expects the items to sell for. She stresses it's not consignment.
"Consignment is a little bit more paperwork and people tend to have to wait for their money, it goes by week, " Citrigno says. "This way, you bring it to me, and you can have your cash right up front and be done with it."
Polkadots and Pinstripes' prices are consistently less than half of retail, even for clothes that have never been worn.
A three-piece Hartstrings outfit, comprising a sweater, pants and a hat, that originally sold for $100 is priced at $12.95.
A toddler Eagles sweatsuit that still has the $21.99 tag, is selling for $6.95.
A new-with-tags girl's pantsuit, which originally sold for $47, is just $14.95.
The store has trendy brands for teens like Lucky shirts and jeans, Justice tops, and Gap for guys.
They also have Halloween costumes, bedding sets and shoes.
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