Christmas Shopping Can be a Joy

Christmas Shopping Should be Fun

Make Christmas Shopping Fun Again

This should be a happy time of year, but we place such pressure on ourselves to provide that “perfect” gift for everyone on our list. It’s an unrealistic dream. Think back to the things that made you happy at Christmas. Was it the toys, or the clothing or the super duper television? Okay I’ll grant that the super duper television may be memorable. Or, was it time spent around a fire Christmas Eve as a loved one read Twas the Night Before Christmas? Was it gathering around a table for Christmas dinner, whether it was with a horde or just gazing across the table at your favorite person. Maybe it was spending the evening downtown watching the Christmas tree lighting or singing carols while sipping hot cider and Christmas shopping without buying. You get the energy without the hassle. Our minds are funny things. The very thing that at the moment, we think is going to bring joy, is fleeting and not the fodder of memories that will follow us into our rocking chair years.

Christmas Shopping can be a joy
Photo by Kylie Sabra at Calas Galadhon Christmas Pavilion in the Second Life Grid

Many holiday activities are free. Take advantage of them. Spending time with those you care about is going to stay with you far longer than what gifts you give or receive. If you are alone this year, then try hooking up with a group on meetup.com, or find a community caroling group and tag along.There’s not really a way around it, we must do at least some Christmas shopping. There are alternatives to the traditional mall experience. Consider buying gently used clothing for your thrift shop savvy friends. reFresh Boutique is excepting holiday gift returns for store credit through January 6th (requires receipt), so you can shop without worry. Or you can purchase a gift certificate. Christmas shopping at reFresh lets you give a beautiful gift that won’t leave you scrambling for money in the new year.

Merry Christmas

 

Kylie

 

 

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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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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birthay-cake

 

 

 

 

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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