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 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?

home for the holidays

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.

Max Studio – Green & Black Dress – Size Extra Large – Gently Used

Classic comfort from Max Studio

 Easy style with this pullover dress from Max Studio.

The fabric features an intricately detailed texture in green on black. Sleeveless styling works perfectly under jackets and sweaters. Lined skirt.

Classic style that never ages, this is what Max Studio is famous for. This dress will be a staple in your closet — the go-to dress for work or play.

COLOR: Emerald / Black

FABRIC:  Shell 60% Polyester, 35% Cotton, 5% Spandex   Lining: 65% Polyester, 35% Rayon

CARE:  Hand wash, Cold. Dry flat. Low iron with pressing cloth if required.



Chest: 36″

Shoulder: 16″

Waist:  32″

Hip:  40″

Length (From back neckline.): 40″

Sleeve: N/A

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Alberto Makali – Brilliantly Bright Women’s Top – Size Large

Alberto Makali Women's Top

Be Boldly Beautiful in This Stunning Women’s Top

The colors in this top are quite simply stunning. Bright fuchsia, orange, green and yellow; soft blues all against a midnight background.  Wear with black pants, leggings or a skirt. Or choose from one of the many colors for your companion piece. This women’s top is definitely a wardrobe stretcher.

Pullover, 3/4-length sleeve styling. The blouse is intended to fit somewhat snugly, but you don’t want to overstretch it. see measurements below.

COLOR:  Aegaen / fuchsia /Strawberry / Lemon / Emerald / Black (See color chart.)

FABRIC: 100% Polyester

CARE:  Hand wash. Dry flat. Do NOT iron.

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Semantiks – Green Silk Pullover – Women’s Top

Semantiks Women's top

Women’s Top From Semantiks.  Synonymous with Nordstrom — Synonymous with Style

Simple elegance in a lovely jewel toned green. Easy pullover styling. Gathered neckline and wrist hem. Long sleeve with button closure at wrist. Lovely under a jacket, sweater or all alone. This women’s top encases you in a cocoon of sumptuous silk.

COLOR:  Seaweed  (See color chart.)

FABRIC: 93% Silk, 7% Spandex

CARE:  Dry clean,.




Chest: 38″

Shoulder: 16″

Waist:  36″

Hip:  40″

Length (From back neckline.): 22 1/2

Sleeve: 17″

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Alberto Makali – African Savannah Women’s Top – Size Medium

Women's Top by Alberto Makali

Go on Safari with This Women’s Top from Alberto Makali

Gorgeous print depicting an African Savannah scene, complete with giraffes and elephants. Embellished with beads large sequins. (Note: One bead is missing on the collar, but is not obvious.)  Women’s tops from Alberto Makali are stylish and create a splash wherever they are worn.

Lightweight and long sleeved pullover style. Although the garment is labeled as a large, it is clearly a medium. Be sure to take note of the measurements.

COLOR:  Pecan / Ginger / Dandelion / Basil  (See color chart.)

FABRIC: 100% Nylon

CARE:  Machine wash, cold. Gentle cycle. Hang to dry. Do NOT dry clean.

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Escada – Blue Knee-length Dress – Size S/M – Like New


The Escada Name — Synonymous with Style and Elegance

Escada is a name that to this day demands respect. Falls just below the knee. The look of a wrap dress without the hassle. The fabric is silky soft to the touch. The skirt is lined so it drapes nicely. A very elegant piece.

FABRIC:  Shell:  100% Viscose, Lining: 100% Nylon

CARE: Hand wash. Hang to dry. Warm iron if needed.



Chest: 34″

Shoulder: 14 1/2″

Waist: 26″

Hips: 31″

Length (From back neckline.): 43″

Sleeve Length: 19 1/2″

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Olivia Paige Woman – Plus Size Top in Blue & Black Geometric Print

Plus Size Blouse

Plus Size Blouse, Lovely Geo Print, Easy Care-Easy Wear

Simple sleeveless pullover top by Olivia Paige Woman.  The blouse is in excellent condition. However the care and fabric tag is faded, so unable to obtain the usual information. However, it washed and dried beautifully. We launder everything that comes through the door before placing it on the floor or sending it out. Comfort and ease for the plus size woman.

FABRIC: Unknown (likely Polyester)

CARE:  Machine wash, cold. Tumble dry, low.



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. 

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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.