What We Need Today – The New Thrift Shop Experience

A New Kind of Thrift Shop

We take in items for store credit and we are in need of the following. We like to keep our trunk full.

  • Everything in sizes large and above.
  • Sweaters in all sizes.
  • Purses
  • Costume jewelry.
  • Belts
  • Scarves
  • Coats in all sizes

Visit here for more details on how to trade with reFresh.


The Thrift Shop with a different point of view.

We work hard to make the thrift shop experience enjoyable by maintaining a store that is clean, bright and smells fresh. reFresh turns the consignment experience into a fine boutique experience. You’ll be pleasantly surprised when you enter the store.

BCBG MaxAzria Navy & Fuschia Wrap Dress – Size Small – Like New

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Wrap yourself up in silky elegance with this geometric patterned wrap dress by BCBG MaxAzria. Knee length and long sleeves give you the coverage you want. Contrast in navy blue at shoulder and hem. Slight gathering at the point where the wrap ties. Easy to wear and easy to care for.

FABRIC:  93% Polyester, 7% Spandex

CARE: Machine wash, cold, gentle cycle. Hang to dry. Cool iron if needed or stam.

MANUFACTURED IN: China

MEASUREMENTS

Chest: 34″

Shoulder: 16″

Waist: 32″

Hips: 38″

Length (From back neckline.): 41″

Sleeve Length: 21″

Note: Measurements are exact and do not account for ease. For example: if a jacket has a chest measurement of 40″, your chest measurement should be around 38″ to allow for proper fit and ease of movement. Length measurements, such as sleeve length and length of garment do not require adjustments for ease.

Note:  Colors. Monitors vary widely, so there may be some variation in color. The color is best noted in the description. 

Quality: All reFresh Boutique products are carefully curated for quality and condition. However, used clothing is not new clothing. We classify the clothing three different ways.

  • Like New/With Tags:  Tags remain on the clothing and to our knowledge have not been worn.
  • Like New:  Tags are not present, but the garment appears to be in excellent condition with no visible signs of wear.
  • Gently Used: Garment is in very good condition: stain free, hole-free, buttons and zippers in working order. With proper care, the garment has a long useful life ahead of it.

Price Comparison: Based upon a percentage of original retail.

BCBG MaxAzria Gold Cocktail Dress – Size 6 – Gently Used

Cocktail Dress by BCBG MaxAzria

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Perfectly golden. Perfectly you. BCBG MaxAzria is quality and style you can count on. The dress is shot through with golden metallic threads that lend it that festive quality you want for special occasions.

Petite Sophisticate Black Jeweled Cocktail Dress – Size 0 – Gently Used

Cocktail Dress

Petite Sophisticate Black Jeweled Cocktail Dress

Knee length, sleeveless with a v-neckline, studded with beads. Beading also on the back neckline. The nipped-in waistline accentuates a woman’s figure. The quintessential little black dress.


Chest: 32″

Shoulder: 13″

Waist: 28″

Hips: 34″

Length (From back neckline.): 34″

Sleeve Length: N/A”

Note: Measurements are exact and do not account for ease. For example: if a jacket has a chest measurement of 40″, your chest measurement should be around 38″ to allow for proper fit and ease of movement. Length measurements, such as sleeve length and length of garment do not require adjustments for ease.


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Weeknight Dinner Crunch Got You Down – Dinner in the Mail May be the Answer

Scott and I both work long hours and getting a healthy meal on the table at night was becoming a major stressor in our lives. It’s not just the actual cooking of the meal, there is also the menu planning, shopping and storing. The end of a long day might find us picking up fast food as we we are just too tired to contemplate preparing an as-yet-unidentified meal. Those three fast food meals a week quickly added up to about $45 a week — not to mention the food we threw out at home because it had gone uneaten. Said food might sit in the fridge until it had an adequate fur coat on it to assuage our guilt. After all, we were “cleaning the fridge” not tossing out wasted food.

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One day I received an offer of $40 off a food box from Hello Fresh. I did a bit of research before placing my order. I read reviews and looked at their menus. I was delighted to find they use only organic produce; humanely raised, grain-/grass-fed animals and fresh-caught fish and seafood.

It’s been about three months now. At first Scott was reluctant because he felt it was expensive ($86 for five meals). I was willing to pay a bit more for the convenience, but in time we realized that we were only visiting the grocery store two to three times a month for health & beauty and paper products. This was a huge savings as there were far fewer impulse buys. Additionally, we rarely throw food away, which means we are no longer throwing cold, hard cash into the garbage bin.We simply add tofu and oatmeal for breakfast, and soup and fresh-baked bread from our bread machine for lunch.

Another plus is that we are eating far more healthfully. The menus are calorie controlled, most in the 600-700 range, which is not bad for the main meal. We are eating more fruits and vegetables. The recipes are easy to follow and take at the most 30-40 minutes from start to finish. And now, we even take turns in the kitchen. So every other day one of us has a night off.

Our favorite feature is that we are eating different food every night. We had fallen into a dinner rut, which was at least in part responsible for our forays to the quickie food stops on the way home–albeit also boring. We are trying new herbs and spices, learning how to use vegetables and grains to fill us up while keeping calories down. We experiment with new grains — some we had not heard of prior to. These are lessons that will stay with us even if we decide to terminate our Hello Fresh plan — gods forbid.

If you’ve held back assuming you might go hungry on one of these fresh boxed dinner offerings, let me put your mind at rest. The meals are tasty, attractive and satisfying. Sometimes we have to do a double take at just how large servings are. Plans are for two- and four-member families and you can choose from either three meals a week or five.

Hello Fresh is just one of many companies offering boxed dinner options, and just happens to be the one we chose. A little homework will guide you to a program that is right for you.

 


The Girlfriend Corner is a little corner of the reFresh Boutique blog where I share things I like or that make my life easier. I’d love to hear from you about things you’ve discovered and would like to share.

Dry Cleaning Costs Set Your Teeth on Edge? Tips from the Girlfriend Corner

Tips That Save You Money and Time

Tips you can use.
Let’s face it. Some things are just meant to be dry cleaned.

Everyday I see people cringe with regret when they see that dreaded Dry Clean Only label. They sigh and put the desired item back on the rack. These are tips I use time at reFresh.

Dry cleaning is an expensive and inconvenient necessity, it’s true. But, it isn’t necessary every time.

I make use of two different products here at the boutique Dryel and Woolite Dryer Sheets. The Dryel Starter Kit  is about $10 at Walmart.com and includes the dryer bag, four cleaning cloths and one booster spray.

I think the steaming bag is a critical part of the process, but I favor the scent of the WooliteSo, I start with the Dryel Kit then switch to using the Dryel booster spray and bag with the Woolite Dryer Sheets

 

 

 

 

Tips to Protect Your Dry Cleanable Clothing

  • Act Fast – Don’t let stains and spills sit. Take care of them as soon as possible. Test your fabric in a hidden area to see if it is color safe. You’ll know it is safe when no color comes off on a clean, damp, white cloth. If your fabric is color safe, clean up any spills with a damp cloth before putting the garment away to be cleaned.
  • Deodorant – Deodorant is a big problem with dry cleanables and many fabrics. Avoid white stick deodorants on your evening dresses as they will leave a white, waxy film that is nearly impossible to remove without professional dry cleaning. I’ve found that Secret spray deodorant does a great job for controlling wetness, which of itself can stain your gowns. It is clear and won’t mark your clothing. Be aware that some spray deodorants will discolor your clothing over time, leaving an unpleasant yellow stain that renders them unsaleable. So, if you notice that yellow staining on your clothing, look to a change of deodorant. I’ve had some success in removing white deodorant stains with a wet cloth and gentle rubbing prior to dry cleaning in the dryer.

Have tips you’d like to share? Just email me at shoprefresh@gmail.com.

Featured Image Photography:  http://www.deviantart.com/art/wet-cat-84066216

 

A Special Day! Small Business Saturday, Kylie’s 60th Birthday and It’s Christmas Time!

A New Kind of Thrift Shop

My favorite time of year is finally here. Christmas! The store has a special glow an there’s birthday cake. Need I say more.  Yes. I must  There are also discounts of 20-50%. Stamp your passport here and receive an additional 10% off your purchase. Keep your receipts and merchandise can be returned for store credit through January 6th.

Come on in and share the fun.

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NECESSARY OBJECTS – RED COCKTAIL DRESS – SIZE 6 – LIKE NEW

Cocktail Dress

NECESSARY OBJECTS – RED COCKTAIL DRESS – SIZE 6  – LIKE NEW

Put a little swing in your step with this lovely red swing dress by Speechless. Cutouts accent the bodice. Silver colored beading against a black band background add just the right touch of bling. One button back closure.

This is a designer sample cocktail dress, and as such does not have tags indicating fabric, care or origin.


MEASUREMENTS

Chest: 36″

Shoulder: N/A”

Waist:  36″

Hip:  38″

Length (From shoulder.): 32″

Sleeve Length:  Sleeveless”


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Small Business Saturday – Your Passport to Fun & Savings

reFresh Boutique Announces its Online Store

This Saturday (November 26th) is National Small Business Saturday. You’ve been to the mall for Black Friday, now get out and celebrate the small businesses in your neighborhood. Small business is important to communities — providing just over 50% of the country’s workforce. Small business is really more than just numbers and statistics though. It’s the neighborhood barista that knows just how hot you like your latte. It’s the genuine warm greeting you receive when you enter. It’s the passion with which a shop is run, items are curated and displayed. It’s the boutique that will put on Christmas cartoons to keep the kiddies entertained while you shop. It’s what makes your neighborhood — your neighborhood.

And this Saturday Everett, Washington says thank you with Holiday Stroll Passport”  

Be sure to get your reFresh Boutique stamp in your passport and be entered to win a $25 reFresh Boutique gift certificate.

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