Time to BROWN BAG it!

Do you remember how we used to “brown bag it” and take our lunches to work? (This, of course, was back in the days before everyone had designer lunch bags with matching water bottles.) You could fit a sandwich, an apple, some carrot sticks, and a cookie in the bag.  It was (and still is) a great way to save money.  All it took was a little extra effort.

ALI shoppers, it’s BROWN BAGGING TIME AGAIN! On Wednesday, May 29 and Thursday, May 30, we’re having a BROWN BAG SALE.  These are our FINAL TWO DAYS BEFORE WE CLOSE FOR INVENTORY, so we want to clear out as much of our stock as we can.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:  You’ll shop as you normally would, then bring your purchases to the register to check out.  WE’LL PACK everything into a brown bag (you could end up with several brown bags).  EACH BROWN BAG is $5, total.  If something doesn’t fit in the bag (for example, a painting), it’s 75% off the marked price.

Now this won’t be a lunch-sized brown bag – it’s going to be a grocery-sized brown bag.  Just think of how many tops, pants, vases, cooking utensils, books, etc. you can fit in your brown bag.

Be at the thrift shop when we open at 10 am on Wednesday, May 29 when our Brown Bag Sale starts.  You could save enough money to be able to go OUT to lunch instead of brown bagging!

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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!

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!

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!