One-of-a-kind treasures found in ALI Thrift Shop

By Marta Mahoney

Recently I went to the 50th anniversary of the Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach. Everybody loves the Sawdust Festival, where you can find hand-crafted items ranging from artwork to pottery and jewelry.  Craft trends change over time (remember macrame plant hangers?), but if you’re looking for a unique NEW gift for someone (v. a previously-owned gift, which you will of course buy at the thrift shop), this is the place.

We have some unique, one-of-a-kind items at the thrift shop, too! Check out our greeting cards and gift tags. Some of our artistic members love to make beautiful cards and gift tags for all occasions, which they donate to be sold at the thrift shop. These cards and tags are works of art in themselves, and usually priced at only $2 – $3. They’d be perfect if you’re giving a gift you bought at the Sawdust Festival. Or a gift you bought at the thrift shop. Or a gift you bought anywhere else. (And it’s always good to be prepared – pick out a selection to have on hand for the future!) See you in the store!


Since it’s July, you’re probably thinking about . . . a vacation. 2016 is the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, so what better place to vacation than a national park? (Yellowstone became a national park in 1872, but it wasn’t until 1916 that President Woodrow Wilson signed the bill that created the National Park Service.)

We’re lucky to have plenty of national parks right here in California! Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Sequoia-Kings Canyon, Death Valley, Lassen, Redwood, Pinnacles – you can have your choice of adventures.

You KNEW we were going to bring the ALI thrift shop into this somehow. Not only does shopping at the thrift store save you money (so you can afford to go on vacation), you may need new clothing (jeans for horseback riding?), inexpensive cookware you can take camping, or games and books for the car ride. And we always have photo frames and scrapbooks to keep the memories of your trip forever.

What are you waiting for? Summer is here! Hit the thrift shop – and then hit the road!