A month of sales!

If you’re a long-time customer of the ALI thrift shop, you’ll remember that we take inventory every year at the end of May.  That’s right – we count every single item in the shop, BY HAND.  And what does that mean for you? It means – your favorite month is here! May! THE MONTH OF SALES!

All month long, we’re going to have sale after sale, because we DON’T LIKE COUNTING.  We want everything in the shop to find a home with some happy customer, LIKE YOU.  Because if it’s sold, we don’t have to count it!

The sales will change week to week, but they’ll be GREAT! You’ll want to stop in every week, maybe even two or three times. And YOU’LL be counting up the dollars you saved!

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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!

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!

If you see something, buy something!

We often have customers ask us if we have anything else for sale, either upstairs or in our back room.  Or if we have an item in a different size.  And the answer is “no.”  We have a lot of items that WILL BE FOR SALE EVENTUALLY in both places, but if it’s not sitting out there on the sales floor with a price tag on it, it’s not available.  Except in rare cases (someone donated five pairs of pants in the same size and color), all our merchandise is one-of-a-kind.  We’re not like a department store, where, if someone buys the size 10 pink sweater, a sales clerk will bring out another one from the stockroom.

And this means:  IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, BUY SOMETHING.  That T-shirt, or jeans, or set of dishes that you like can’t be replenished from a central warehouse somewhere.  Once it’s sold, it’s gone.

We’ve all had the experience of looking back and thinking, “I wish I’d bought that purple dress,” or “that crockpot,” or “that green bracelet.”  (“I wish I’d bought a second house twenty years ago when prices were lower,” is a whole different category.)  Don’t regret the things you really want at the ALI thrift shop.  If you SEE something, BUY it!

Winning at Assistance League of Irvine!

Everybody likes to win, and if you can figure out a system that improves your odds, so much the better! Usually such systems involve PhD-worthy math calculations, spending lots of money (if you never buy a raffle ticket, you’ll never win, right?), or many visits to a psychic.  We’re going to share with you a system to SAVE EVEN MORE MONEY AT THE ALI THRIFT SHOP. 

If you shop with us regularly, you know that our sales tags and dots are color-coded.  They also show the date the item went out on the sales floor.  Each month, we switch to a new color.  Items with a particular colored tag will be out on the floor for about a month at full price.  AND THEN:

One week at 25% off!

One week at 50% off!

One week at 75% off!

Then they’re gone (we pass whatever’s left on to the Salvation Army)!

You can see that if you can hold out until the 75% off week you’ll save even more money over our original low price.  BUT you have to weigh the odds that the thing you want will STILL BE THERE. 

To be honest – most of our merchandise is already priced so low that it’s not worth the stress of waiting for the 75% off sale!

Come in this week and you’ll see what we mean.  And your chances of finding a really great bargain are WAY MORE than your chances of winning the lottery!

Pick Your Valentines Category!

Valentines Day is around the corner and you may be in the category of people who want to find something extra-special for that significant other for Valentine’s Day. 

OR, you might be in that category of people who just got an email announcing that their (family, office department, gym class, bunco group) is going to have a Valentine’s Day potluck and gift exchange.

OR, you might be in that category of people who already found a gift for their significant other, but decided they really want to keep that gift for themselves, so they need a replacement gift IMMEDIATELY.

You know where we’re going with this:  the ALI thrift shop can help you find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, no matter WHICH category you’re in.  And when you shop with us, you’ll be in the best category of all:  people who give back to their community while shopping!

It’s warm and dry inside ALI Thrift Shop!

It’s January.  The sky is gray.  The weather is cold.  Your plants look bedraggled.  The holidays are over, and you miss the excitement, the food, and the decorations.  What can you do about your gloomy mood?

We have the answer:  come to the ALI thrift shop! It’s warm inside! Our volunteers are friendly and cheerful! Our CUSTOMERS are friendly and cheerful! You can check out our stylish clothing, shoes, and purses; enjoy the artwork we have for sale; or browse through our craft section for a new project.  We have recent magazines for 50 cents each (compare THAT to the prices at the supermarket checkout counter), and books that will take your mind off the January weather.  And just looking at our toy department will make you smile.  You might even take home a stuffed animal buddy to keep you company!

If you’re one of those people who LOVE chilly temperatures and overcast skies, come to the thrift shop too. We have winter jackets!  We have woolly scarves!  We have mugs for hot cocoa!

However you feel in January, you’ll feel better after a trip to the thrift shop. Come in and visit us soon!