PUMPKINS, PUMPKINS, PUMPKINS

It’s October – and that means pumpkin patches and corn mazes.  (And baseball playoffs!) In spite of Irvine’s agricultural heritage, there aren’t many actual fields of pumpkins or corn left any more.  Our suburban substitutes, pumpkin patches and corn mazes, don’t have quite the same sense of working the farm to harvest the crops.   (On the other hand, they sell food and have lots of parking.)  Both pumpkins and corn originally came from Mexico, and were known as early as 10,000 – 7,000 BC.  No wonder we feel nostalgic when pumpkins start to show up at the grocery store!

Pumpkins have become favorite fall decorations in recent years.  We’ve got LOTS of pumpkin-themed items at the ALI thrift shop – ceramic pumpkins, Halloween pumpkins, pumpkin candlesticks, pumpkin tabletop decor, you name it.  Come in and check out our fall merchandise, because it won’t last.  And once you’ve filled your home with pumpkins, corn stalks, and red-and-gold fall leaves, enjoy the playoffs!

      

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DO YOU NEED DECORATIONS? WE’VE GOT ‘EM!

It’s the end of September, and we all know what that means.  We’ve come to that point in the year that we all dread.  NO,  not back-to-school.  Everyone is HAPPY about back-to-school. The little kids are no longer underfoot all day, and the big kids are no longer sitting around eating all your food.  No – we’re talking about an activity that strikes fear into all our hearts.  It’s – TIME TO LOOK FOR THE HOLIDAY DECORATIONS! Yes – all those holidays.  Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s.  Plus plain old Fall and Winter.

I’m convinced that someone could develop an entire reality TV show competition about searching for the decorations.  Are they in the garage? In the rafters of the garage? In the attic? In that bedroom where you’re keeping all the boxes you never unpacked when you moved in five years ago? You can remember writing down the place where you put them on a piece of paper, but now you can’t find the piece of paper.  You can remember putting a note in your phone, but you just got a new phone and the “notes” section didn’t transfer over.  About the only thing you can be sure of, because very, very few of us have basements, is that they’re not in the basement.

Many of us, after looking for a couple of days, simply give up and decide to buy NEW decorations, year after year.  It’s not a defeat! It’s an opportunity! Over the next three months, the ALI thrift shop will have an ABSOLUTELY AMAZING SELECTION OF HOLIDAY DECORATIONS! You can find anything you want, for any holiday you want, at a fantastically low price.  And the money you spend with us goes right back to our community.

If you find your decorations, more power to you! But if you don’t, you know where to go for new ones!

OUR FABULOUS FALL EVENT IS COMING ON TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 11!

It’s September! The kids are back in school.  The days are getting shorter.  Somewhere in the world, leaves are turning red.  And that means only one thing! It’s time for the FABULOUS FALL EVENT at the ALI thrift shop!

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 is the day – a special TUESDAY SHOPPING DAY! At 10 am our doors will open to show you our fantastic fall fashions and decor.  Tops, pants, and sweaters in fall styles and colors.  Fall-themed housewares and table linens.  Fall purses and shoes.  Fall scarves.  Fall cookbooks.  Fall everything! Plus – HALLOWEEN COSTUMES! We’ll be open from 10 am to 3 pm, so you’ll have FIVE WHOLE HOURS to start your fall shopping.

Remember, you only have a LIMITED TIME to celebrate fall before the calendar turns to winter and the holidays.  Make the most of fall with the help of the thrift shop!

‘Jump to it’ – Goodbye Queen of Soul!

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, passed away last week. We all mourn the loss of this incredible woman and her once-in-a-generation voice. Watching the news clips and reading the tributes to her, I was struck by how Aretha and her music continued to be relevant for so many years. She was truly one of the greats.

All those films of Aretha’s concerts took me back in time. It was like a flashback of the last 50 years – the clothes, the hairstyles, the politics, and of course, the music. It was a trip down memory lane, regretfully inspired by a sad occasion.

Visiting the ALI thrift shop can be a trip back in time, too. Our stock varies according to what’s been donated to us, but we usually have antique china (from teacups to entire sets of dishes) and silver. Our housewares section is full of kitchen things you’ll remember (and wish you hadn’t thrown away), like avocado green skillets and tupperware in all different sizes. Our music CDs, DVDs, and books will yield classics for your entertainment library.

Come in our shop if you’re feeling nostalgic (or even if you’re not). You never know what you might discover – you might even find an Aretha Franklin CD!

 

STAY COOL AND HELP A GOOD CAUSE!

We’re going to let you in on a secret. The ALI thrift store has something you desperately need. Something that, for much of your life, you have felt that you couldn’t live without. Something that will rejuvenate your body, make your thinking clearer, and calm your spirit. We have . . . Air conditioning!

Yes, when you visit the thrift shop you’ll be able to shop in comfort. AND right now you’ll be supporting our Operation School Bell program, which gears up in August every year. OSB provides school clothing and school supplies to low-income students in the Irvine Unified School District. Last year we helped almost 800 kids at a cost of approximately $130,000. We expect the numbers to be similar this coming school year. This money comes directly from the sales at our thrift shop!

So when you step into our shop, three things happen:

  • You cool off
  • You find great bargains
  • You help your Irvine neighbors in need

It’s not too hot to shop – head over to the thrift shop now!

FLY THE FLAG ON THE 4TH

Independence Day, July 4th, is coming up. Many of us put up American flags on this occasion.     We might have learned about “flag etiquette” in elementary school, but, like many other things we learned back in the day, those rules are probably a little hazy. Flying the flag is a solemn duty, and it never hurts to review how to do it properly.

  • The flag should be flown between sunrise and sunset. However, it can be flown at all hours if it’s illuminated. (I’m personally guilty of leaving my flag out overnight, but it really should be taken down when it gets dark.)
  • Don’t fly the flag in rainy, stormy, or windy weather – basically, any weather conditions that could damage your flag. We’re unlikely to encounter this problem on the 4th of July in Irvine, but if you’re spending the 4th with your relatives in another state, you might have rain or hail.
  • The flag should never touch the ground or anything else beneath it. (Trim those bushes!)
  • Don’t place anything on the flag such as signs, letters, etc.
  • Don’t use the flag to hold anything.
  • The flag itself should never be worn as clothing. There’s a difference between flag-themed clothing and the actual flag. The ALI thrift shop always has a big selection of flag-themed T-shirts and party goods for the 4th, but those aren’t real American flags.
  • When your flag is worn out, you should dispose of it in a dignified way. The traditional method is to burn the flag, but this isn’t practical today. Irvine’s Northwood Community Park, at 4531 Bryan (Bryan & Yale), has a red flag retirement box where you can dispose of your used flag. The box is located next to the door into the community center building, that faces the playground.

ALI wishes all of you a happy, safe, and patriotic 4th of July!

OUR SIZZLING SUMMER SPECTACULAR IS COMING!

Sunny summer weather is on the way and it’s all because of ALI! Join us on Tuesday, June 5 for our SIZZLING SUMMER SPECTACULAR. You read that correctly, it’s TUESDAY JUNE 5 – a special shopping day to kick off summer. Our shop will be COMPLETELY RE-STOCKED AFTER INVENTORY with summer clothes and merchandise.

We’re open on Tuesday June 5 from 10 am to 3 pm, and you’ll want to get there early. Our sizzling summer selections will drive all memories of “May gray” from your mind and your closet. (And it’s not too early to start thinking about what to wear to the 4th of July BBQ.)

Don’t miss out on this fantastic event – see you on June 5!