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!”

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Welcome to 2018! Right now you may be looking at your credit card statement and thinking, “I am never going to shop again.” We get it! Holiday shopping is overwhelming! You want to spend January sitting on the couch watching PBS because there are NO commercials for things to buy (except the pledge drive, and that boxed set of the entire run of “Downton Abbey” that they’re going to send you doesn’t really count).

But you can’t sit on your couch all month, so venture out to the ALI thrift shop. Shopping with us is more like a treasure hunt than a buying expedition. FOR EXAMPLE, I was at the shop today and I bought:

– A plastic storage bin to replace a cardboard box full of old school papers that’s falling apart.
– A giant rubber duck that’s going to be a present for some friends with a pool.
– An antique book that’s a history of England, published in 1791!

And I COULD have come away with many more treasures – a St. John knit jacket, a corkscrew and wine stopper set made of inlaid wood, some silver dangly earrings with gorgeous purple stones, or a set of plates with lighthouses on them.

You never know what you’re going to find at the thrift shop, and that’s the half fun of shopping with us. The other half is getting to meet our cheerful and enthusiastic volunteers, who will be just as excited by your finds as you are. Stop in soon and let us help you find some treasures of your own!