January 16th. What’s New at reFresh Boutique Today?

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reFresh Boutique Adds New Items Daily

There is far more to see and certainly more variety in prices, colors and sizes. Pop in to reFresh Boutique and check out the new additions.

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When thinking of the quality of reFresh inventory, think “Macy’s and above”. Items are in near or like-new condition and freshly laundered. We endeavor to create a unique full-service boutique environment for your enjoyment. You may be shopping resale, but feel like you’re at Nordstrom’s.

Watch for our new Personal Shopper service coming soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

reFresh Announces “Senior Wednesday” — Senior Discounts for 55+

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Hump Day Senior Discounts to Get You Through the Week

Meet Gloria. She will be representing our senior promotions. She is named for a beloved client that never fails to bring a smile to my lips and a light to my day.

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“Senior discounts? Getting older has its perks.”

Today, Gloria is announcing “Senior Wednesday” Seniors, 55 and above will enjoy an additional 10% discount on all items throughout the boutique — even those already marked down.

Senior discounts?” Gloria smiles her most precocious smile. “I’ve earned it!”


Just a quick reminder about our new price tags and how they work. The graphic below should explain. Prices throughout the boutique automatically reduce every 30 – 60 days, depending on the type of item. The three lines with dates tell you what the price is after a certain date. The large price in the middle is the initial price when an item is new on the floor.

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January 14th. What’s New at reFresh Boutique Today?

reFresh Boutique

reFresh Boutique Adds New Items Daily

There is far more to see and certainly more variety in prices, colors and sizes. Pop in to reFresh Boutique and check out the new additions.

When thinking of the quality of reFresh inventory, think “Macy’s and above”. Items are in near- or like-new condition and freshly laundered. We endeavor to create a unique full-service boutique environment for your enjoyment. You may be shopping resale, but feel like you’re at Nordstrom’s.

Watch for our new Personal Shopper service coming soon.

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What’s New at reFresh Boutique Today?

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Over 250 new items on the reFresh Boutique floor since January 1st

Now that’s a happy start to the new year. Even more exciting is that there are a large number of really beautiful pieces — far too many to ever photograph and present. So, I’ll go with a select few of my favorites. Sadly the photos don’t do any of these gorgeous, like-new pieces justice. There is far more to see and certainly more variety in prices, colors and sizes than the surprisingly Earth-toned colors I seem to have collected below. You should see my closet.

Pop in to reFresh Boutique and check out the new additions. I’ll be adding more pictures.

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Embellished Beaded Vest by Faith, Size Small, $52.50

2017 – reFresh Looks Forward to a Bright New Year

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It’s  a Bright New Year for reFresh

As the year turns over, we celebrate our first year in business. It’s the perfect time to look at where we started, where we are now and were we are going. We get the opportunity to not only evaluate our personal life, but our business life as well.


What’s New at reFresh?

Just a few of the reasons we are embracing a bright new year.

  •  French-inspired decor
  • Boutique style and service
  • Inventory in like-new condition
  • Quality inventory – Think Macy’s and above as well as designer pieces.
  • Separate area for designer fashions
  • All items are laundered prior to coming on the floor.
  • Clothing is marked down every 30 days. (Accessories every 60 days)
  • Easy-to-read price tags (see below)
  • Customer restroom
  • Loyalty Club Program
  • Personal Shopper Program
  • Trade-for-Store-Credit / Consignment program

We’ve made lots of changes, and for those who have not visited since we bought the store, I would encourage you to come back and have a look. You won’t find clearance racks. What you will find are everyday low prices. We start our pricing at 60% (with tags)  – 70% off retail. At the end of 30 days, they are reduced by 20%, then 35% after 60 days and 50% after 90 days. (Purses and accessories are reduced at 60-day intervals.) This means that virtually two thirds of the store is on sale on any given day. Now THAT is a sale!

Below is a sample of our new price tags.

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We hope you will make reFresh Boutique a part of your bright new year.

Kylie Addison Sabra

How to Return those Amazon Gifts

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Amazon Gifts Return

We will be creeping out of bed far to early on what for many is a day off — the day after Christmas, or Boxing Day. Not that there is any relationship between Boxing Day and running to the mall and returning the unwanteds . . . I mean those lovely presents that missed the mark by a tad. I digress — as usual. But if you just have to know more about Boxing Day, you can check here.

Ahh yes. Back to those presents. Hopping into the car, grabbing a bite at the neighborhood breakfast haven and toddling off to the mall is easy, if not a bit frenetic. But what to do with those lovelies, those Amazon gifts  that arrived on your doorstep via the Amazon sleigh? Here’s the scoop on how to return them straight from the reindeer’s mouth, courtesy of Amazon Help.


  1. Go to the Online Returns Center.Select Return a gift and sign-in with your Amazon account.
  2. Enter the gift’s order number and selectSearch.Your 17-digit order number (or “Order ID”) is found on the left side of your packing slip. If you don’t have the packing slip, you can contact us. We’ll ask for information to help us locate the order, such as the sender’s name, their e-mail address, their phone number, and information about the item you wish to return.
  3. Select the items you want to return from the order.
    Enter the quantity of items you want to return (if applicable), and a return reason from the drop-down menu. For items sold by a third-party seller, you’ll see “Submit return request.” Some Amazon sellers review return requests before authorizing them.
  4. Select how you want to send your item back.
    Select your return shipping options and how you’ll obtain your return label. Each return label is assigned to a specific return.Note: If you choose to return via Amazon Locker, you’ll be prompted to select a Locker location at this time. For more information about returning an item to an Amazon Locker, go to Return a Package at an Amazon Locker.
  5. Put the return authorization inside your package and attach the label to the outside of it.
    If your gift return is authorized, Amazon or the Seller will process your refund as an Amazon.com Gift Card after your return is received. The Gift Card will be added to the account you used to generate your return from the Online Returns Center. Once the refund is processed, we’ll send you a confirmation e-mail. If you’re the gift giver, your refund will be processed to the original payment method. All refunds are subject to our refund policies outlined in About Refunds.

 

Home for the Holidays? Now What?

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Home for the Holidays

We’ve shopped and hustled and bustled until our bustle is dragging. And now the family is arriving. What to do? We love our families and we love to have them. Perry Como wrote  home all about it. “Oh there’s no place like home for the holidays. . . ” You’re singing now, right? Here are a few ideas for keeping everyone busy and happy.


Vulture shares a list of board games you may want to check out.  New Bedford, which appears to be the whaling community version of Settlers of Catan, caught my eye.  You gather to build a town, but the real treat is that you are going to go whaling!


CBS News offers a list of binge-worthy television to catch up on, and they are not just CBS offerings. Check it out. I am the consummate binge watcher. I’d much rather watch a whole season at once than to have it strung out over weeks and weeks. I have the attention span of a flea though.


Vogue gives excellent ideas on how to host those holiday parties while maintaining your sanity.


Last, and most certainly not least, share this great place we call home with them. For me, that is the Seattle area. Look for posts on things to do in your area. You may find some places that you’ve not seen as well.

This link is for the folks in my neck of the woods — Seattle. The Visit Seattle website lists their top 25 attractions.


Actually, home for the holidays is really quite a wonderful thing.

Did I Hear Someone say Year End Clearance Sale?

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Words as Magical as the Holidays Themselves — Clearance Sale

The tree is up. The kids are home and rowdy. You’ve hit every color and type of sale — black, green and cyber. Don’t despair. There is yet one more sale left, and it’s the biggest kahuna of them all. Year end is that time when business owners decide that they’d rather sell at a fraction of the original price than to stand about all hours of the night counting inventory. I think I hear a collective sigh at the mere thought of it.

So what do the woes of the shopkeeper have to do with you?

You cash in in a big way! Much inventory is already reduced for the holiday season and the year-end sales will see even further reductions. reFresh Boutique is no exception. Much of our inventory is already situated at 20 – 50% off our regular prices. And now, we are tacking an additional 20% discount on EVERYTHING in the store.

That means that at the reFresh clearance sale you will save between 20 and 70% on everything in the store. Well not the fixtures. We need those!

Sale Starts Today & Runs through December 31 (We are closed December 23rd – 25th). But don’t dally. You don’t want to miss the best clearance sale of all.

Kylie

 

Consignment with reFresh Boutique

Consignment or Trade

The Consignment Model

We do a combination of consignment and store credit. Generally, we go out and about and purchase our store inventory, but we love to get new items in from our clientele and guests as well.We have elected to reserve this model for items that on which we will place an initial tag of $75 or more. This permits us to carry more high-end items such as designer fashion and purses.

See our reFresbh Boutique Consignment Agreement . Fill it out as completely as possible and bring it in with you. There are detailed instructions on how to submit your items for consideration.

We pay a flat 35%. The agreement sets forth the details. I realize that some consignment shops pay more, but you may have noticed that many are going out of business as this model does not  work in today’s market with higher expenses and competition from online resellers. A 35% payout is fair to both of us and ensures that we remain profitable and keep our doors open.

Check out 9 Tips to Avoid Consigning Hassles from HowtoConsign.com.

Christmas Shopping Getting Too Expensive? Try Thriftmas Shopping.

Christmas Shopping Magic

Christmas Shopping Doesn’t Have to Break the Bank

I was doing some research online as I strive to be the master of my own web presence. Sometimes I run across something that just jumps out at me. This morning I encountered the term “thriftmas”. Genius!

Moving on past the fact that this is a prime example of the commercialization of Christmas — well that boat sailed long ago — the word had a powerful impact on me as the owner of a resale boutique.

Christmas Shopping Magic

What if Christmas shopping could be less stressful?  What if you could buy beautiful gifts and still have money left to treat your family to a memorable event during the holidays?

You can! Thriftmas shopping is the answer. Give the gift of fashion that your friends and family will truly appreciate. They’ll think you spent a fortune, unless you come clean and tell them where they can go to find more beautiful clothing at a price they can afford too. In other words, share the love.

Shop with confidence. reFresh Boutique is accepting returns for store credit through January 6, 2017. (Receipt required.) And gift certificates are always a treat.