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

 

 

 

 

reFresh Offers a New Pricing Structure – Come Play!

I want to ensure that shoppers have access to a constantly changing inventory, as well as give customers exposure to savings in addition to the current 70% off retail model. So, I am instituting an inventory rotation model typical of other consignment/resale shops. Tags are marked with color-coded labels that indicate that an item is 20%, 40% or 60% off the marked price. This information is also entered into the POS system so there is no confusion. No code indicates that the item has only recently joined the reFresh inventory. Signs are placed throughout the store as a reminder of what the tags mean.

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This becomes a bit of a game for customers. “Do I dare wait for this item to be marked down?” It’s like gambling only your odds of winning are 100% better regardless of whether you decide to buy now or risk losing it to another customer. Come play!

Kylie

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

 

 

The Tiger Suit by Escada

Want to share in a little Hollywood glamour? Escada has been gracing the red carpet for years.

I’ve searched high and low and I am one of only a few who has this beautiful suit for sale as a complete set. The listings I’ve seen on the popular sites offer only the skirt or the jacket. If you were to buy them like this, there is a good chance that they won’t match in color as they have been cared for differently, and one may have been worn more than the other. I’m putting it up for sale on Ebay with a starting bid of $700.

The skirt is a European size 36, which is equivalent to a US size 4. The one flaw in the jacket is that the size tag is removed. The model is a size 6. The jacket and skirt fit her perfectly.

New with tags, this delightful suit sells for $2500+. You can buy it now for $700, and you have the advantage of seeing for yourself what excellent condition it is in. The is suit is like new.

Model:  Leicie Piscitelli

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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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Kylie Sabra Interviewed by KOMO News 4

About two hours of filming and interviewing not only me, but customers as well, results in a well done piece by Mark Miller. He is absolutely right, the reason I wanted the boutique is that I love the interaction with my customers. And, I always will.

The original article that engendered the news segment is available here.

Click here to see the segment. 

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Falling in Love with Fall

 

 

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I’ve been waiting ever so impatiently for this day to come.  It’s fall! I promise, no pictures of turkeys today. (That will come later.) What I will tell you, is the boutique is utterly decked out for fall. With over 200 sweaters; beautiful coats, furs and leathers; over 100 scarves, more than 130 jackets and hundreds of tops and dresses; you can deck yourself in as much fall style as the trees bedeck themselves in bright, bold leaves.

Wrap yourself in cashmere, buttery leathers. Cocoon yourself in silk. This is the time of year to pamper yourself, and put on your best display for the parties, auctions and events that mark this and the season to come. And at reFresh you can do it without pillaging the household budget.

Kylie

Labels – Why They Matter

I occasionally hear someone say, “I don’t care about labels.” There are many reasons to rethink that philosophy. The difference between a $6 low-end brand blouse and a $75 designer label blouse are like night and day. Of course, I realize that many people can’t afford or even desire a blouse that originally costs more than $500., but others can and do. There is, however, a wide range of offerings in between that meet most budgets.

Fall is in Fashion at reFresh Boutique
Fall is in Fashion at reFresh Boutique

“Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life.” —Bill Cunningham

Fabrics used in low-end clothing lines are of a looser weave and lower quality than those found in upscale labels. This means that the lower-end item will give you much less wear for your dollar. As well, there is a difference in the “feel” of the fabric. Have you ever felt cotton that you would have sworn was silk? This is the quality you’ll find in the designer labels. The fabric will feel good next to your skin and has a sheen about it. It is less inclined to pill with washing. Dyes are of a higher quality in high-end labels, which means that dark colors stay dark far longer than in their cheaper cousins. You are also less likely to find natural fibers on low-end clothing, and when you do, they are generally on the lower-quality spectrum — again affecting the long-term wearabily of the item. For example, high-end labels use wools sourced from reputable dealers, whereas low-quality wools are often repurposed from old wool fibers, creating an inferior wool product.

There is a difference in the fit of the garments as high-end products use more complex patterns to ensure a nice fit to the body. Simpler patterns result in lower production costs, but at the cost of a good fit.

“I like my money right where I can see it…hanging in my closet.” —Carrie Bradshaw

So what labels live at reFresh? 

Why do I care about the labels that we carry? Quality becomes even more important in the resale environment. If a garment is of low quality to begin with and has seen several to many washings, then it has little left to offer its next owner. It is important to me that clients get good value for their dollar. Value, or a good deal, is not necessarily defined as a cheap price. Rather value is better defined as the remaining useful life of the garment or the opportunity to own a designer piece at a price that may have been otherwise out of reach.

“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” —Rachel Zoe

We’ve made every effort to do away with low-end labels, although the occasional one can be found lurking in a dark corner. What you will find is Coldwater Creek, Chico’s, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, BCBG Max Azria, BCBG Paris, Cabi, Classiques Entier, Liz Claiborne and more of this ilk. In addition, you will find designer labels such as: Kate Spade, Escada, Joanna Chen, Diane vonFurstenberg, Elie Tahari, Philip Lim, Michael Kors, Coach, Dooney & Bourke and many more. We also have vintage furs and fine leather. Items are in like-new condition and are carefully curated, and cleaned.

 

 

 

 

Pssst It’s a Special Event for Loyal ReFresh Clients

It’s time to say goodbye to summer and hello to fall. One of the perks of being a member of ReFresh’s loyalty program are that you are invited to our semi-annual sales events before anyone else!  You get first dibs on hundreds and hundreds of beautiful clothing that is handsomely reduced to make way for the next season. You won’t want to miss out on this opportunity to seriously save and network with other women.

I’m extending this invitation to our Facebook followers as most of you, local folk anyway, are loyalty club members. And let’s face it, I really don’t trust email.

This fall’s event features a French theme. Okay, let’s face it most events will, because I love all things French and the boutique is moving more and more in the direction of having a decidedly French flair. Items that are included in the sale, which are most, will have either an Eiffel Tower tag or a Fleur de Lis tag. Towers indicate the item is 50% off the original price and Fleur de Lis tags indicate the item is 25% off the original price. HINT:  There are very few Fleur de Lis Tags, so most items are 50% off! AND! There is still one full rack of top-quality jeans for only $3.00. Pure madness, you say? Well, it is me after all.

As well there will be an hourly drawing for $25 in store credit — 7pm, 8pm, 9pm.

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We will be serving up lovely dessert bites and a faux champagne punch. Yes. I know, punch without the “punch”, but then everyone gets home safe and all are happy.

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There are more than 90 handbags on display and certainly not everything on the floor is summer. You’ll find plenty to carry you into the changing seasons. As items disappear off the shelves, I will just as quickly be replacing them.

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I suggest you come dressed to dress. If it suits you, wear tight leggings and a sports bra or cami so you can try on items right on the spot.  The two dressing rooms are likely to be busy.

I’ve scheduled two opportunities for those that can’t get into town on weeknights. So, come to play, laugh, talk, shop and just be girls!

THURSDAY, AUGUST 25TH 

6:00 – 9:00 P.M.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 27TH

8:00 A.M.  – NOON