PROUD TO BE WEARING USED CLOTHING!

We know all you readers shop at the ALI thrift store because we have fantastic merchandise at great prices, a friendly and welcoming volunteer staff, and a convenient location in Irvine! But there’s another reason:  everything you buy from us reduces the amount of waste going into a landfill somewhere.

Take a look at the website thredUp.com, which promotes wearing used clothing.  The statistics are staggering:  32 billion garments are produced for the U.S. fashion market every year, and 64% end up in a landfill.  Fashion is the 2nd most polluting industry after oil!

We know that buying three pairs of jeans from our thrift store, instead of heading to the mall, doesn’t seem to make much difference.  But think of all the people in the country who shop at  thrift stores.  It all adds up.  (Think of all that stuff in your recycling bin that you used to just put in the trash!)

Wear your thrift shop clothing proudly! You’re showing your fashion savvy, your expert budgeting, your support of your Irvine community – and you’re doing your part to save the planet!

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YOU’VE EARNED THIS REWARD

It’s been a long, cold, rainy winter here in southern California.  We’re not ungrateful.  We know it’s nothing to complain about, when we see the weather reports for the rest of the country.  But shouldn’t we get SOME kind of a reward for living through the coldest February in Los Angeles in 60 years?

Yes, we DO deserve a reward – and that’s why the ALI thrift shop is filled from wall to wall with incredible spring merchandise.  Gold stars and blue ribbons just won’t be enough.  You need to head over to the thrift shop for something bright, light, and spring-like to add to your wardrobe.   You can find something for work, play, the garden, or the beach, with shoes, purses, and jewelry to match.  We have plenty of men’s and kids’ clothes, too!

 

And, best of all, a new spring outfit from the thrift shop is WAY less expensive than most of the other rewards we can think of (a new car, a week at a spa, a trip to Bali . . .).  Which means that you can reward yourself more than once!