Start 2020 by spending New Year’s Day watching the Rose Parade, celebrating with family and friends, and enjoying some football. Then head over to the ALI thrift shop on Thursday, January 2!

Before you pack away your holiday decorations, check out our FINAL HOLIDAY SALE for the season. ALL HOLIDAY ITEMS WILL BE 75% OFF! It’s your last chance for incredible bargains on ornaments and decor. Once this sale is over – it’s over!

And for our readers and shoppers who like to do needlepoint and cross-stitch – do we have deals for you! Thanks to our wonderful donors, we have a HUGE selection of needlepoint kits and cross-stitch patterns. We KNOW you need a new project now that the holidays are over, so come in and take a look. We have lots of other ideas and supplies in our craft section, too!

To all of our readers, shoppers, donors, and friends, we wish you a Happy New Year in 2020 from ALI!


One more week until Christmas! That means just one more week for your last-minute shopping. Yes, there’s always Amazon. There’s also snow, rain, and ice in most of the country. And traffic on the highways. Do you want to take a chance that your shipment will arrive in time? Of course not!

You want to visit the ALI thrift shop right here in Irvine! This week we’re having a HOLIDAY BLOWOUT SALE (December 18 – 21). HOLIDAY merchandise is 50% off! PINK tags and dots are 75% of! WOMEN’S PANTS are only $1 each! Fantastic prices, a great selection of gently-used discoveries, and you won’t lie awake at night wondering if Aunt Emily’s present is going to make it.

We’re located at 2452 Alton Parkway in Irvine (between Jamboree and Von Karman), and our store hours are Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday 10 am – 3 pm, and Friday 10 am – 5:30 pm. See you before Christmas!


What We’re Thankful For

Every year at Thanksgiving, we gather with our families and friends and give thanks.

At Assistance League of Irvine, we’re thankful for our SHOPPERS and our SUPPORTERS.

Our SHOPPERS are the people who are waiting in line on Wednesday morning at 10 am when we open our door, eager to see what’s new in the thrift shop this week. They’re the people who know our volunteers by name and think of us as their friends. They’re people who shop with us to make their paycheck go a little bit further, and those who buy secondhand because they’re concerned about the environment. All these shoppers help us raise the money we need for our philanthropic programs in Irvine.

But while the thrift shop provides a lot of our income, we also rely on our SUPPORTERS. They’re the people – and organizations – who donate money and time so that we can fully fund our programs. Our donors give us the means to go that extra mile for Operation School Bell, Young Masters, Irvine Valley College scholarships, and our other programs.

We’re thrilled when our shoppers become supporters, and vice versa! Either way, THANKS for what you give to ALI.


What’s better than ONE fantastic week at the ALI thrift shop? TWO fantastic weeks in a row! That’s right, not one but TWO weeks you won’t want to miss!

THIS WEEK:   Wednesday, October 30 through Saturday, November 2, is a GIANT 75% OFF SALE. EVERYTHING in the store EXCEPT jewelry and hand-made cards is 75% OFF THE MARKED PRICE. You read that correctly – 75% off clothing, housewares, shoes, purses, books, toys, artwork, linens . . . we don’t need to go any further. It doesn’t get any better than this, EXCEPT IT DOES, BECAUSE  . . .

NEXT WEEK: Wednesday, November 6 through Saturday, November 9, is when our CHRISTMAS AND OTHER HOLIDAY ITEMS WILL BE OUT IN THE STORE FOR THE FIRST TIME! Yes – Wednesday, November 6 is our annual holiday extravaganza! Be in line at 10 am on Wednesday the 6th to get the first look and best choice of our amazing Christmas and Hanukkah items, at prices way below those at the mall! And you’ll easily be able to afford those holiday goodies, because you’ll have saved so much at the 75% off sale the week before.

Two weeks like this only come once a year, so make the most of it! See you at the shop!


Did you ever wonder how all our new merchandise gets out on the shelves of the thrift shop? You walk in the door at 10 am on a Wednesday morning, and – all these things you didn’t see the week before are there! It seems like magic!

Well, we’re not in a Disney movie, and no one waved a magic wand. Little singing woodland creatures didn’t re-stock our shelves overnight. No – the answer is: Monday!That’s right – Monday! Every Monday morning, a group of dedicated ALI volunteers show up at the thrift shop around 9:30 am. We pull unsold, outdated items off the shelves. We dust the shelves and polish the glass cases, And then – we re-stock! New items go out, and the shelves fill up again. The whole process takes us three to four hours. And we repeat this every Monday, just to make sure our shoppers have the best selection of gently-used merchandise in Irvine!

The next time you drive by our shop, think about all the activity that goes on behind the scenes on Monday morning. Then be sure to stop in on Wednesday to see the results of Monday’s work!


It’s fall season at the thrift shop! And fall means Halloween is coming! On Wednesday,September 11, the shop will be full of FALL CLOTHES AND DECOR, and HALLOWEEN COSTUMES. You know your kids are only going to wear that costume once, so why spend a fortune? You know you’d like a new outfit for back-to-school or back-to-work after vacation, so why spend hours at the mall? Shop with ALI!

The official first day of fall is September 23, and Halloween is October 31, so we’re giving you a head start on your shopping. This means that later on you’ll have plenty of time to visit the pumpkin patch, get Halloween stamps at the post office, and put out all the fall and Halloween decorations that you’re going to buy from us. We’ll see you at the shop this week!


It’s back to school time in Irvine! For ALI, that means it’s time for Operation School Bell, our largest philanthropic program. With the help of our shopping partner, Target North in the Irvine Marketplace, we provide school clothes to income-qualified students in the Irvine Unified School District. We also give each student a backpack, school supplies, personal care items, and a grade-level book of their choice – everything they’ll need to start out the school year!

Last year, we helped almost 800 students through this program. This is just one of the ways we help our community through the money we raise from our thrift shop sales.

OSB is the signature philanthropy of National Assistance League, so you’ll find it all across the country. Because no matter where you live, kids should get to start the school year on an equal footing. And every time you shop with us, you help make that happen!


What happens in summer? Things grow! Grass grows. Flowers grow. And your kids grow!

But their clothes don’t grow with them. You’re always buying them new things. We KNOW your budget doesn’t grow along with your kids – so the ALI thrift shop is having a SPECIAL SUMMER SALE! That’s right – our prices didn’t grow. They shrunk!

Infants’ clothing from 0 – 24 months is just $1.00 per item! That’s right – $1.00!

All other kids’ clothing is just $2.00 per item! That’s right – $2.00!

Children’s accessories, bedding, and toys are still priced individually.

Your kids will grow this summer, but our prices have shrunk! And we have our usual GREAT selection. Stop in now to take advantage of these incredible prices!

Shopping Amazon Prime? Try Amazon Smile

Amazon Prime days are coming next week on July 15 and 16! Sales, specials, and discounts! We KNOW most of you will be shopping on Amazon on those days.  They carry way, way, way more items than we can fit in our 1,350 square foot thrift shop. But if you’re buying on Prrime days, there’s a way the ALI thrift shop can benefit from your shopping.

“Amazon Smile” is a program where Amazon will donate a portion of your sale to a charity of your choice.  OF COURSE, that’s going to be ALI.  Here’s how it works.  Go to http://www.smile.amazon.com, instead of the main Amazon site.  Log in with your Amazon password, and start shopping.  When you check out, you’ll be asked for the name of the charity you’d like to support.  Pick “Assistance League of Irvine.”  That’s all there is to it!

Every quarter, AmazonSmile sends us a check based on how much our AmazonSmile donors have spent.  You don’t have to do anything else.  All you have to do is – shop!


Back in June, 1776, nobody was thinking about the 4th of July except the Continental Congress.  And THEY (especially Thomas Jefferson) were thinking about the Declaration of Independence.  They weren’t thinking about parades, patriotic ceremonies, or who’s going to make the potato salad for the picnic – all the things that the Declaration of Independence has allowed us to enjoy for the past 243 years.

On this 4th of July, let’s all take a moment to remember our founding fathers.  They weren’t perfect men or even brilliant men.  They had the usual prejudices and limitations of their time (no women in the Continental Congress!).  But somehow they articulated an idea of freedom that has lived on through the years and become an inspiration for all mankind.

(Meanwhile, if you need a new outfit for that picnic, visit the ALI thrift shop.  We can fix you up with a new outfit for every picnic you’ll go to all summer.)

Happy 4th of July to all our readers!