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!

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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!

ALI honored to receive $2,000 donation!

Assistance League of Irvine is honored to be the recipient of a Honda Corporation “Helpful After the Holidays” donation of $2,000 to help clothe Irvine’s children in need. The funds were used to purchase school clothing and supplies through AL Irvine’s Operation School Bell® program, which will serve nearly 800 income-qualified students this academic year.

Four Helpful Honda representatives joined AL Irvine volunteers Feb. 3 at Target North in Irvine for an Operation School Bell shopping event. Students, accompanied by their parents, selected school-appropriate clothing, shoes and a jacket. Students also received a backpack and a hygiene kit prepared by AL Irvine’s teen auxiliary, Assisteens.

“We were absolutely thrilled to receive the donation,” said Jill Housky, AL Irvine president. “Purchasing school clothing, including shoes and a jacket, averages $100 per child. The Honda donation will allow us to clothe even more students from low- and extremely-low income families living in Irvine.”

To learn more about our programs, please visit www.assistanceleague.org/irvine

Previously loved!

By Marta Mahoney

My son bought a used motorcycle last year, and he refers to it not as “previously owned,” but as “previously loved.”

That’s a good description for our merchandise at the ALI thrift store! It was all “previously loved” by someone who wanted it to go to a new home, instead of the trash bin. (Even those pants you found that still have the original price tag on them. The pants can’t help it that the person who loved them in the store put them in the back of their closet, and forgot they were there.)

People donate “previously loved” items to us for all kinds of reasons. The kids grow out of those baby outfits and turn into toddlers. Bigger kids go off to college and leave you with bins of toy cars. You change jobs, or you retire, and you have a closetful of clothing that you’ll never wear again. You’re no longer in your twenties, and you can’t wear 4-inch heels. You loved your fondue pot/pasta machine/food processor for many years, but your diet and cooking style have changed. You came in the thrift shop and found some fantastic holiday decorations, but there’s only so much room in the storage unit, so some of the old ones have to come back to the shop. We could go on and on.

Visit us soon and find some “previously loved” items that want to go home with you to be loved some more!