If you see something, buy something!

We often have customers ask us if we have anything else for sale, either upstairs or in our back room.  Or if we have an item in a different size.  And the answer is “no.”  We have a lot of items that WILL BE FOR SALE EVENTUALLY in both places, but if it’s not sitting out there on the sales floor with a price tag on it, it’s not available.  Except in rare cases (someone donated five pairs of pants in the same size and color), all our merchandise is one-of-a-kind.  We’re not like a department store, where, if someone buys the size 10 pink sweater, a sales clerk will bring out another one from the stockroom.

And this means:  IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, BUY SOMETHING.  That T-shirt, or jeans, or set of dishes that you like can’t be replenished from a central warehouse somewhere.  Once it’s sold, it’s gone.

We’ve all had the experience of looking back and thinking, “I wish I’d bought that purple dress,” or “that crockpot,” or “that green bracelet.”  (“I wish I’d bought a second house twenty years ago when prices were lower,” is a whole different category.)  Don’t regret the things you really want at the ALI thrift shop.  If you SEE something, BUY it!

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Winning at Assistance League of Irvine!

Everybody likes to win, and if you can figure out a system that improves your odds, so much the better! Usually such systems involve PhD-worthy math calculations, spending lots of money (if you never buy a raffle ticket, you’ll never win, right?), or many visits to a psychic.  We’re going to share with you a system to SAVE EVEN MORE MONEY AT THE ALI THRIFT SHOP. 

If you shop with us regularly, you know that our sales tags and dots are color-coded.  They also show the date the item went out on the sales floor.  Each month, we switch to a new color.  Items with a particular colored tag will be out on the floor for about a month at full price.  AND THEN:

One week at 25% off!

One week at 50% off!

One week at 75% off!

Then they’re gone (we pass whatever’s left on to the Salvation Army)!

You can see that if you can hold out until the 75% off week you’ll save even more money over our original low price.  BUT you have to weigh the odds that the thing you want will STILL BE THERE. 

To be honest – most of our merchandise is already priced so low that it’s not worth the stress of waiting for the 75% off sale!

Come in this week and you’ll see what we mean.  And your chances of finding a really great bargain are WAY MORE than your chances of winning the lottery!

Pick Your Valentines Category!

Valentines Day is around the corner and you may be in the category of people who want to find something extra-special for that significant other for Valentine’s Day. 

OR, you might be in that category of people who just got an email announcing that their (family, office department, gym class, bunco group) is going to have a Valentine’s Day potluck and gift exchange.

OR, you might be in that category of people who already found a gift for their significant other, but decided they really want to keep that gift for themselves, so they need a replacement gift IMMEDIATELY.

You know where we’re going with this:  the ALI thrift shop can help you find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, no matter WHICH category you’re in.  And when you shop with us, you’ll be in the best category of all:  people who give back to their community while shopping!

It’s warm and dry inside ALI Thrift Shop!

It’s January.  The sky is gray.  The weather is cold.  Your plants look bedraggled.  The holidays are over, and you miss the excitement, the food, and the decorations.  What can you do about your gloomy mood?

We have the answer:  come to the ALI thrift shop! It’s warm inside! Our volunteers are friendly and cheerful! Our CUSTOMERS are friendly and cheerful! You can check out our stylish clothing, shoes, and purses; enjoy the artwork we have for sale; or browse through our craft section for a new project.  We have recent magazines for 50 cents each (compare THAT to the prices at the supermarket checkout counter), and books that will take your mind off the January weather.  And just looking at our toy department will make you smile.  You might even take home a stuffed animal buddy to keep you company!

If you’re one of those people who LOVE chilly temperatures and overcast skies, come to the thrift shop too. We have winter jackets!  We have woolly scarves!  We have mugs for hot cocoa!

However you feel in January, you’ll feel better after a trip to the thrift shop. Come in and visit us soon!   

Thank You!

Hello, readers and shoppers! As 2018 comes to a close, we’d like to thank all of you for your support of Assistance League of Irvine and our thrift shop.  We like to say that “it takes a village” to keep our shop and our community service programs running, and YOU are a big part of that village! 

Right now our ALI village is focused on Operation School Bell.  This is our largest philanthropy, and provides school clothing and school supplies to income-qualified Irvine students.  For the 2018/19 school year, which began in August, we’ve already served over 600 students.  And thanks to YOUR continued support, we were able to INCREASE the clothing allowance for each grade level this year.  If you’ve been shopping for kids’ clothing recently and seen the prices, you’ll know how excited we were to be able to give our OSB families this additional money.   This is the direct result of all of YOU, because most of our income comes from sales at the thrift shop.

As we celebrate the holidays, let’s be thankful for all that we have here in our Irvine community.  And as we make our New Year’s resolutions, let one of them be, “I’ll continue to be part of the ALI village!”

3 Tips to SHARE THE THANKSGIVING SPIRIT

Thanksgiving is approaching, and this is when all the kindergarteners dress up like Native Americans and Pilgrims and re-enact the story of Plymouth Rock and the First Thanksgiving.   In our busy lives, where Thanksgiving seems to be all about food, football, and shopping, we need to keep focused on that kindergarten message: Share what you have.

Share your food. Invite your family and friends to join in your Thanksgiving meal. Whether it’s a traditional American menu of turkey and pumpkin pie, or food from your home culture, or dinner at a restaurant, or a picnic at the park, sharing food is an ancient ritual that brings us together. Donate to one of the many food-based charities (Second Harvest Food Bank, Families Forward, church and school food drives) to share your food with those in need.

Share your energy. Help a colleague with a project at work, run an errand for a sick neighbor, play with your kids. Volunteer in your community – there are hundreds of opportunities, whether it’s a one-day event or an ongoing commitment. (We’d love to have you join us at Assistance League of Irvine!)

Share your love. Hug your family. Call a relative you haven’t spoken to in a while. Compliment people. Smile at the checkout person at the grocery store and the kid who’s collecting carts in the parking lot. Wave at the postman. Say “thank you” to restaurant servers. In fact, say “please” and “thank you” whenever you can!

Wishing all our readers a Happy Thanksgiving from ALI!  

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays!

All of us at ALI have been busy the past few days, stocking our thrift shop with all the Christmas, Hanukkah, and Thanksgiving items we’ve been storing all year.  And we’ve got a UNANIMOUS VERDICT from our members: “THIS IS THE BEST STUFF WE’VE EVER HAD!”

Now it takes a LOT to get an opinion like that from our members, who have all seen enough holiday merchandise over the years to be experts.  Think of us as the “Dancing with the Stars” judges of Christmas ornaments, tablecloths and napkins, and holiday clothing. We’re giving our stuff this year a UNANIMOUS 10!

Holiday items will be waiting for you in the shop starting Wednesday, November 7th.  Come in and see why we’re so excited. You can’t win the mirror ball, but you CAN go home with beautiful holiday things at an incredible price!