WHAT WE’RE THANKFUL FOR

As Thanksgiving approaches, here’s the Assistance League of Irvine version of that holiday tradition where you go around the table and everyone names one thing they’re thankful for:

  • We’re thankful for the chance to live in Irvine, a safe and beautiful city in the best country in the world.
  • We’re thankful that we have the resources – time, health, and opportunity – to give back to our community.
  • We’re thankful for those who donate to our thrift shop. You care enough to make the trip over to our shop with the clothes and household items you no longer need, instead of tossing them in the dumpster.
  • We’re thankful for those of you who donate cash or personal services to us – these make a huge difference in our ability to fund our philanthropies.
  • We’re thankful for the teachers, school counselors, and school nurses who help direct families to our Operation School Bell and Scholarship programs.
  • We’re thankful for the help of Target North in the Irvine Marketplace, our partner store where our OSB clients shop for school clothing.
  • We’re thankful for the Irvine Unified School District art specialists and the student artists who make up our annual “Young Masters” exhibitors at City Hall each spring – so much talent in one city!
  • We’re thankful for our Assisteens, who are devoting time in middle school and high school to helping others, through a variety of activities.
  • And we’re thankful for all of you thrift shop customers (and blog readers!) – you’re our partners in this whole endeavor.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING from Assistance League of Irvine!

The Vintage Dress

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I just went to an exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art called, “Diane Von Furstenberg:  The Art of the Dress.”  This exhibit, which runs until April 1, 2014, celebrates the 40th anniversary of Von Furstenberg’s iconic “wrap dress.”  200 examples of the dress, both vintage and modern, are on display, along with artwork, photos, and other memorabilia.

Those of us of a certain age remember this as “The Dress” in the 70’s.  Everyone had one.  The Wrap Dress had bold colors, geometric prints, cleavage – and you could wash it.  No more shirtwaist dresses with Peter Pan collars – the wrap dress was sophisticated, modern, and In.  (And according to one of the old advertisements on display, it only cost $80, which seems unbelievable nowadays.)

Going to a show like this brings back instant memories and makes us realize why certain items are timeless.  I often have the same reaction at the thrift store when I see a piece of vintage clothing, housewares, or toys.  There’s a reason people are still buying classic sweaters, CorningWare casserole dishes, and Monopoly games.  They worked for our lifestyles back in the day, and they work now.

If you’re going to be in Los Angeles this month, check out this exhibit, which is in the old May Company building at 6067 Wilshire (LACMA West).  If you’re not going to be in Los Angeles, check out the ALI thrift store for your vintage fix!

– Marta, ALI Volunteer