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!

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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!

Thank You!

Hello, readers and shoppers! As 2018 comes to a close, we’d like to thank all of you for your support of Assistance League of Irvine and our thrift shop.  We like to say that “it takes a village” to keep our shop and our community service programs running, and YOU are a big part of that village! 

Right now our ALI village is focused on Operation School Bell.  This is our largest philanthropy, and provides school clothing and school supplies to income-qualified Irvine students.  For the 2018/19 school year, which began in August, we’ve already served over 600 students.  And thanks to YOUR continued support, we were able to INCREASE the clothing allowance for each grade level this year.  If you’ve been shopping for kids’ clothing recently and seen the prices, you’ll know how excited we were to be able to give our OSB families this additional money.   This is the direct result of all of YOU, because most of our income comes from sales at the thrift shop.

As we celebrate the holidays, let’s be thankful for all that we have here in our Irvine community.  And as we make our New Year’s resolutions, let one of them be, “I’ll continue to be part of the ALI village!”

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!