Holiday Shopping at a Resale Boutique? – Holiday Gifting Return Policy

Absolutely!

Approximately 95% of the jewelry at reFresh Boutique is brand new. Does it matter if you give a “used” gift? Not if your best friend, niece, daughter, mom… is a resale enthusiast, and not if you are purchasing top quality items you can expect to find at reFresh. They will be delighted.

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We, and most resale shops, have a no return/no refund policy, but that doesn’t play well for gift giving. So you can give with confidence this holiday season, we offer two options.

  • Gift Certificates – You can purchase a gift certificate in any denomination. We’ll set up an account for the person you are giving the certificate to. They just need to present the certificate at time of checkout, or show their ID (It’s advisable to bring the certificate).
  • Buy your gift. Gift purchases can be returned for store credit (no cash refunds) between December 27th and January 6th (these dates are firm). (Exception: Special occasion dresses are non-returnable.)

I was actually surprised at how many have already begun their holiday shopping with a trip to reFresh — surprised and delighted. Oh my! I’m in the holiday mood now, and so I drift off while visions of my holiday windows dance in my head.

 

 

 

Every Day is Tag-A-Licious – More Than 300 New Items in Just the Past Week and a Half – Many others 20-60% Off

Well “new” is a loaded word in the resale business. Let’s say, to us. Most I have recently procured and some are from the inventory I purchased with the store. Many of the later are blessed with deep markdowns.

The front window celebrates the new pricing program at reFresh Boutique. We will be cycling out inventory on a regular basis using a traditional consignment store price reduction model. This means that items that are on the floor 90+ days are reduced 60%, 60+ days are reduced 40% and 30+ days are reduced 20%.

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The front window celebrates the new pricing program at reFresh Boutique. We will be cycling out inventory on a regular basis using a traditional consignment store price reduction model. This means that items that are on the floor 90+ days are reduced 60%, 60+ days are reduced 40% and 30+ days are reduced 20%.

In the picture above “the girls” inexplicably have their backs turned to the window. Cheeky beasts. Not sure why they’re being so shy, but I’ll show you just a couple.

Blue Sweater by J. Crew: Size S $27 (40% merino wool - soft as cashmere) Scarf: Size L - $16 Navy Pants by Cico's: Size XS, $36
Blue Sweater by J. Crew: Size S $27 (40% merino wool – soft as cashmere)
Scarf: Size L – $16
Navy Pants by Cico’s: Size XS, $36

 

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Cream Sweater by Dividend. Size S. $14.00 Black/Cream/Rose Floral Pants by Ann Taylor Loft. Size 4. $21.00 Blue Scarf. Size XL. $10.00

 

 

 

 

What’s in the Window? October 4th.

Warm woolen jackets paired with skirts. Toasty coats and scarves. Sweaters that accentuate curves and a few jewels as frosting.

Large Blue Scarf by: The Territory $18.00 Blue Cameo Necklace $11.00 Blue Coat by: Liz Claiborne, Size Medium, $27.00 Black/Charcoal Jacket by: Alfani, Size 8, $35.00 Black/Gold Knit Tank by: August Silk, Size Small, $12.00
Large Blue Scarf by: The Territory $18.00
Blue Cameo Necklace $11.00
Blue Coat by: Liz Claiborne, Size Medium, $27.00
Black/Charcoal Jacket by: Alfani, Size 8, $35.00
Black/Gold Knit Tank by: August Silk, Size Small, $12.00

 

Beige & Rose Jacket by: Chico's, Sizen S $28.00 Black Skirt by Liz Claiborne: Size S, $14.50
Beige & Rose Jacket by: Chico’s, Sizen S $28.00
Black Skirt by Liz Claiborne: Size S, $14.50
Gold Sequined Suit by: Kate Spade, Size M, $250
Gold Sequined Suit by: Kate Spade, Size M, $250

 

Multi Sweater by: INC, Size Small, $12.00 Red Skirt by: Eddie Bauer, Size 2, $18.00 Necklace: $18.00
Multi Sweater by: INC, Size Small, $12.00
Red Skirt by: Eddie Bauer, Size 2, $18.00
Necklace: $18.00

 

 

Hangers Are Liars — Never Trust Them

reFresh Boutique is bedecked for fall and that means the beautiful jewel tones, rich umbers and reds are painting the racks of sweaters, dresses, skirts, jackets and more.

This lovely dress below is a classic example of why you simply must try on an outfit to know its true worth. This is a 3.1 Phillip Lim designer dress (Size 6, $195). On the hanger it looks like a sack, but it comes to life on our beautiful model. Take it casual or dress it up. You could put a belt with it, but I wouldn’t. It has a way of accentuating the curves of a woman’s body that needs no assistance.

About the Model

Leicie (prounouced lacey) Piscitelli is a sweetheart who loves fashion and hopes to make it her career. She is the most beautiful kind of beauty in that she has no clue at all that she is indeed beautiful. She is kind, soft spoken and a real treasure to work with.  Thank you, Leicie.

 

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This Alpaca-fur-trimmed suede coat by Marvin Richards is a true beauty. The fur is as soft as…well…fur. The suede is in impeccable condition.This is a piece you can treasure for years to come.

Alpaca & Suede Coat, Size L, $130.00
Alpaca & Suede Coat, Size L, $130.00

 

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Jacket by Erin London: Size M, $15.00
Jacket by Erin London: Size M, $15.00

I have to say, there is simply nothing like the feel of Angora next your skin to warm you up on a cold day. Wrap yourself in luxury with this lovely piece by Venesha.

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A Space to Breathe

 

Shopping can be such a frenetic experience. We find ourselves running here and there looking for that perfect piece to add to our wardrobe. Loud music blares in the background, people elbow each other in crowded walkways. Is this really what we want when we just need some retail therapy? What if it could be different? What if the pace were slower, more relaxed? What if you could take a break, sit back and sip a glass of iced tea or cider; read a magazine or thumb through a book?  It is my desire to create such an environment.

reFresh provides a brief respite from the day’s challenges. I often see women swaying gently to the music, eyes closed, lost in reverie. They have said that the boutique calms them and I can’t help but smile and inwardly comment, “Mission accomplished.”

Relax with a glass of iced tea.
Relax with a glass of iced tea.

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I keep the boutique much as I do my home and in many ways it is my home. I’m certainly here more hours. Grins.

 

Pantone Announces 2016 Fall Colors

I love fall! Yes. I’m yelling that! It is my favorite time of year. I know. It’s only mid-July, but Pantone has announced the 2016 fall color palette, and I’m ready to fix my Thanksgiving in July dinner. July is to the year what Wednesday is to the week and I just need a little fix to get me over the hump. A turkey and a solid review of the Pantone shades and my inventory should do the trick.

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And here they are.  Drum roll please. Hmmm. I think I see some of these colors in my dinner.

Fall 2016 Pantone Colors

In addition to announcing a spring and fall line-up of colors, Pantone also chooses one single color that is named “Color of the Year”. For the first time — ever — in 2016 Pantone named two colors as color, I mean, colors, of the year.

Pantone 2016 Colors of the year

Okay. Just who is Pantone and why do people care about their forecasts?

Much like MacDonald’s works to ensure that a quarter pounder tastes the same in Athens, Georgia as it does in Athens, Greece; Pantone works to ensure that “Riverside 17-4028” looks the same everywhere in the world. In addition to the spring and fall announcements of “the” colors, Pantone also works with corporations to assist them with memorable ad campaigns, branding and design — think Tiffany’s and their oh so famous blue. The colors are not necessarily intended to set the tone for fashion, home decor, graphics, etc., but they most certainly do. Rather they are an expression of the times — a universal feeling.

A diverse group of experts makes up the panel that meets to determine which colors make the hot list. They are world travelers and share, including photos, what they have found as recurring themes in color. It is interesting to me that there are worldwide themes that seem to come and go, ebb and flow. It is a subtle reminder that we are really not so different.

Have fun working with these latest colors. Take a look at your current wardrobe and incorporate some of these new colors into the mix by adding a few new pieces. I’ll be showing you examples over the weeks to come of how these colors can work together.

Kylie Addison Sabra

P.S.

After completing this blog, I got curious and Googled Christmas/Thanksgiving in July. It seems I’m not the only one obsessed with this madness. It is apparently quite a common practice. The observance appears to have it’s roots in Europe. When summer become increasingly and uncomfortably hot, people crave the cold of winter, and celebrating a winter holiday in the midst of a summer heatwave brings emotional, if not physical, relief.

And why not celebrate — again — mid-season? It a joyous time of year and I can’t think of anything more fun than to do it twice without the financial burden of massive gifts and packed malls. Just the fun, ma’am.

 

 

 

Rainy Day Benefits – The Rack is Out

Need a reason to get out in the rain?  I have a great one. reFresh Boutique’s Rainy Day Sales. When the rain falls, the clearance rack comes out on the floor.  Here you will find items discounted 30% – 50%. So don that raincoat and come on in. Don’t have a raincoat?  No problem. You can buy one at the boutique.

Check the Facebook page for the weather . . . I mean . . . clearance forecast.

Before the Storm, by Kylie Sabra
Before the Storm, by Kylie Sabra

Cool It with the Blues

It’s been strangely muggy and frankly a bit miserable these past few days, in spite of the mild temperatures. I definitely felt the urge to cool it down a notch — or 10 — inside the boutique. Blues are the quintessential cooling colors.

Dress (Reversible), Size S/M, $24.00 Blue Blouse (rear view) by Kamarov, Size M, $45.00 Scarf $3.50 Gold Evening Bag by Style & Co., $18.00
Dress (Reversible), Size S/M, $24.00
Blue Blouse (rear view) by Kamarov, Size M, $45.00
Scarf $3.50
Gold Evening Bag by Style & Co., $18.00
Reversible Blue Dress, Size S/M, $24.00
Reversible Blue Dress, Size S/M, $24.00
White Beaded Evening Bag by La Regale, $25.00 Black Velvet Bag by Nordstrom, $18.00
White Beaded Evening Bag by La Regale, $25.00
Black Velvet Bag by Nordstrom, $18.00

Rainy Day Sales – Come on in out of the Rain!

Need a reason to get out in the rain?  I have a great one. reFresh Boutique’s Rainy Day Sales. When the rain falls, the clearance rack comes out on the floor.  Here you will find items discounted 30% – 50%. So don that raincoat and come on in. Don’t have a raincoat?  No problem. You can buy one at the boutique.

Check the Facebook page for the weather . . . I mean . . . clearance forecast.

Art by Kylie Sabra Don't despair, weather the rain and come on in for some retail therapy and take advantage of the Rainy  Day Sales at reFresh Boutique.  Check the Facebook for the forecast.
Art by Kylie Sabra
Don’t despair, weather the rain and come on in for some retail therapy and take advantage of the Rainy Day Sales at reFresh Boutique. Check the Facebook page for the forecast.