STAY COOL AND HELP A GOOD CAUSE!

We’re going to let you in on a secret. The ALI thrift store has something you desperately need. Something that, for much of your life, you have felt that you couldn’t live without. Something that will rejuvenate your body, make your thinking clearer, and calm your spirit. We have . . . Air conditioning!

Yes, when you visit the thrift shop you’ll be able to shop in comfort. AND right now you’ll be supporting our Operation School Bell program, which gears up in August every year. OSB provides school clothing and school supplies to low-income students in the Irvine Unified School District. Last year we helped almost 800 kids at a cost of approximately $130,000. We expect the numbers to be similar this coming school year. This money comes directly from the sales at our thrift shop!

So when you step into our shop, three things happen:

  • You cool off
  • You find great bargains
  • You help your Irvine neighbors in need

It’s not too hot to shop – head over to the thrift shop now!

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FLY THE FLAG ON THE 4TH

Independence Day, July 4th, is coming up. Many of us put up American flags on this occasion.     We might have learned about “flag etiquette” in elementary school, but, like many other things we learned back in the day, those rules are probably a little hazy. Flying the flag is a solemn duty, and it never hurts to review how to do it properly.

  • The flag should be flown between sunrise and sunset. However, it can be flown at all hours if it’s illuminated. (I’m personally guilty of leaving my flag out overnight, but it really should be taken down when it gets dark.)
  • Don’t fly the flag in rainy, stormy, or windy weather – basically, any weather conditions that could damage your flag. We’re unlikely to encounter this problem on the 4th of July in Irvine, but if you’re spending the 4th with your relatives in another state, you might have rain or hail.
  • The flag should never touch the ground or anything else beneath it. (Trim those bushes!)
  • Don’t place anything on the flag such as signs, letters, etc.
  • Don’t use the flag to hold anything.
  • The flag itself should never be worn as clothing. There’s a difference between flag-themed clothing and the actual flag. The ALI thrift shop always has a big selection of flag-themed T-shirts and party goods for the 4th, but those aren’t real American flags.
  • When your flag is worn out, you should dispose of it in a dignified way. The traditional method is to burn the flag, but this isn’t practical today. Irvine’s Northwood Community Park, at 4531 Bryan (Bryan & Yale), has a red flag retirement box where you can dispose of your used flag. The box is located next to the door into the community center building, that faces the playground.

ALI wishes all of you a happy, safe, and patriotic 4th of July!

OUR SIZZLING SUMMER SPECTACULAR IS COMING!

Sunny summer weather is on the way and it’s all because of ALI! Join us on Tuesday, June 5 for our SIZZLING SUMMER SPECTACULAR. You read that correctly, it’s TUESDAY JUNE 5 – a special shopping day to kick off summer. Our shop will be COMPLETELY RE-STOCKED AFTER INVENTORY with summer clothes and merchandise.

We’re open on Tuesday June 5 from 10 am to 3 pm, and you’ll want to get there early. Our sizzling summer selections will drive all memories of “May gray” from your mind and your closet. (And it’s not too early to start thinking about what to wear to the 4th of July BBQ.)

Don’t miss out on this fantastic event – see you on June 5!

If you see it, snatch it

It’s happened to all of us. We go to the ALI thrift shop. We try on a blouse. We find a necklace that might look really great with that sweater at home. We see a coffee maker that we KNOW is a great price, but we’re just not sure we should buy it.

We go home. We think about the blouse, the necklace, and the coffee maker all week. We go back to the thrift shop. They’re GONE! SOLD! TO SOMEONE ELSE!

When you come to the thrift shop, your motto needs to be, “IF YOU SEE IT, SNATCH IT.” We aren’t a chain store with a warehouse full of duplicate items. Everything you see in our shop has been donated to us, and is one-of-a-kind. If you really want an item (even if you only sort-of-really want an item), don’t wait. Snatch it up before it’s too late, because you may never get another chance!

ALERT! ALERT! ALERT!

It seems like practically every night there’s a weather alert on the evening news for the midwest. Or the east coast. Or the central plains. Do the TV stations in all those states have weather alerts right now for California? “WEATHER ALERT IN IRVINE! TEMPERATURES IN THE HIGH 80S! ALARMING VIDEO SHOWS SHOPPERS FIGHTING OVER SHORTAGES OF SUNSCREEN!”

We’ll probably have plenty of weather alerts of our own as the year goes on. But what we do have is a CUTE CLOTHES ALERT! The ALI thrift shop is brimming with the cutest tops, pants, and jackets imaginable. Spring colors, spring fashions, spring textures – and because we’re in southern California (not those OTHER places), you can actually WEAR all these cute spring clothes RIGHT NOW!

There are NO weather alerts to stop you, so head over to the thrift shop and check out all the cute clothes that are waiting for you. (And if you’re THAT kind of person, take a picture of yourself sitting next to the flowers on your patio in your new outfit, and send it to all your relatives who are still dealing with winter weather.)

Welcome to April!

April is a GREAT month at the ALI thrift shop! It’s the perfect time to give your wardrobe and your home a new look for spring.  Put your wool coat, your umbrella, and the giant pot that you cook beef stew in away for the year.  Head down to the thrift shop to change them out for lightweight tops and sweaters in spring pastels, pots for your garden, and a new salad bowl

April is a great month all the way around.  We can’t really say “April showers bring May flowers,” because enough rain to bring flowers is, shall we say, unlikely, but we have plenty of flowers and native plants that bloom April.  There are a couple of noteworthy days on the calendar later in the month:  Earth Day is April 22nd, and Administrative Professionals’ Day is April 25th.  Lots of events in American history took place in April, too (most likely because the roads were a mess during the winter):

  • The Revolutionary War began on April 19,1775
  • George Washington was sworn in as our first President on April 30, 1789
  • The Civil War began on April 12, 1861 and ended on April 9, 1865
  • Congress ordered the words “In God We Trust” added to all our coins on April 22, 1864

Now that you can impress your friends with your knowledge of April trivia, stop in at the thrift shop and pick out something ELSE to impress them with.  Remember, you need to shop quickly – because if it’s here in April, it probably WON’T be here in May.

Brighten up Day Light Savings!

by Marta Mahoney, Volunteer at Assistance League of Irvine

We’ve been on Daylight Savings Time for about a week now, and I STILL can’t adjust. Waking up in the dark isn’t that bad. It’s that extra hour of daylight in the evening. Instead of watching the news on TV at 6 pm with a blanket wrapped around me, I’m looking around the house thinking, “What are all these things? I never noticed that (chair, book, plant)!” Obviously, seeing things in the daylight is a lot different.

This is just how you’ll feel if you come to the ALI thrift shop on Wednesday mornings! You’ll be saying to yourself, “I’ve never seen that before! I KNOW that wasn’t here last week!” And you’d be right! But in the case of the thrift shop, it’s not Daylight Savings Time – it’s our weekly Wednesday morning opening. We spend Monday and Tuesday re-stocking the shop with new merchandise. So when we open on Wednesday, you’ll be saying, “I didn’t see that before! That’s so cute!”

We have many loyal repeat customers, who show up every Wednesday at 10 am, to be first in line to look at our latest bargains. Even if you can’t make it on Wednesdays, join us on our other open days (Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday 10 am to 3 pm, Friday 10 am to 5:30 pm) to discover what’s new. And now that it’s Daylight Savings Time, you’ll have extra hours of daylight to enjoy your finds!