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There were sandwiches and wine, and First Selectmen Kurt Miller picked out a skirt for his wife, as Gina’s Closet celebrated its official opening Jan. 18 at 223 West Street, Seymour, in the CVS Plaza.

Gina’s Closet is a “high-end” consignment boutique, said owner Anne Marie Del Toro, and the shop is named for her daughter Gina, who died five years ago at age 30.

When she was a teenager, Gina would “sneak into her older sister Lisa’s closet” to borrow clothes, Del Toro said, so Lisa and her mom thought it only fitting to name the new venture in her honor.

Gina’s Closet sells women’s and girls’ clothing, including jeans, and clothing by Gucci, Abercrombie, Chico’s and many others. There’s also some medium-end clothing.

ginas2Del Toro said opening a consignment boutique has been a dream of hers for 30 years. She has managed Casual Corner stores in Trumbull and Southbury and was assistant manager at Ann Taylor in Westport.

“I know the business,” she said. “I love retail.”

Opening the boutique “is like a whole new start,” she said.

The shop’s décor matches its high-end consignment clothing, with wood floors and shelving, mirrors, and photographs of Gina and her young son, Kevin Miller.

People may shop at the store or bring in clothes for consignment seven days a week. Store hours are Monday from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m.