5 things you always want to know about the Thrift Shop (but didn’t ask)

FIVE THINGS YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE THRIFT SHOP (BUT DIDN’T WANT TO ASK BECAUSE YOU’RE SURE EVERYONE KNOWS THE ANSWER BUT YOU)

1. Where does your merchandise come from?

It comes from donations! Everything we sell has been donated to us – we don’t purchase any items for resale.  We accept donations at our back door (around the rear of the building) any time that the shop is open (on Fridays we take donations until 3 pm).

2. Why are the price tags different colors?

It’s an inventory management system that allows us to know how long an item has been in the store.  You don’t want to see the same things on the shelves month after month – and neither do we! Every month we change to a different colored tag, and after a certain period of time, we pull all the remaining items in that color.  The only exception is white tags, which are used for holiday merchandise and some of our specialty items such as antiques.  Besides – it’s more interesting to have different colors!

3.  What’s upstairs?

The second floor contains our Community Outreach Center, where we meet with clients of our different philanthropies such as Operation School Bell.  We also have an office, a small conference room, and our new mezzanine, where we store donations.

4.  What do you do with donations you can’t use?

We pass these items on to other non-profit groups.  Most of the donations that aren’t in good enough shape for our shop are given to the Salvation Army.  We also give things to several non-profits that aid veterans or the homeless, the Irvine Animal Care Center, and the Irvine Valley College Drama Department (they’re thrilled to get “vintage” clothing to use for costumes!).

5.  If I want to volunteer at the thrift shop, what do I do?

Tell one of our members at the shop (with the blue aprons!) that you’re interested.  We have several levels of volunteer support, from full ALI members to “community volunteers” who want to see if this experience is right for them.  We’ll ask you to fill out an interest form, and then our membership chair will contact you!

Don’t miss this new attraction opening in IRVINE!

Right now all of us at ALI feel like Disneyland on opening day! On Tuesday, June 6 (a SPECIAL SHOPPING DAY!) we’re unveiling a brand-new attraction! We have a NEW FLOOR! Now we realize this isn’t on a par with rocket ships, a train ride beneath falling boulders, or a river cruise through the jungle, but we think it’s pretty magical. We didn’t wish upon a star – it just took a lot of hard work by our members over several years, plus some generous donations, to make it happen.

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Tuesday, June 6 is also our SUMMER SPECTACULAR, when all our summer clothes and merchandise arrive in the shop. Our new floor will take you on an adventurous journey through glamorous summer beach outfits, cookware and dishes that are perfect for summer entertaining, and toys and books that will take your kids to a land of enchantment. You don’t even have to drive to Anaheim – it’s all right here in Irvine!

Head over to the thrift shop ASAP – it’s more fun than an E-ticket ride. (And if you don’t know what an E-ticket ride was, you are . . . Younger than I am!)  

2452 Alton Parkway is located between Jamboree and Von Karman on Alton
Irvine, CA 92606
(949) 955-3437

Business Hours: 

Wednesday 10 – 3 PM

Thursday 10 – 3 PM

Friday 10 – 5:30 PM

Saturday 10 – 3 PM

MORE INFO HERE