JUNE IS BUSTIN’ OUT ALL OVER

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By Marta Mahoney

To quote James Russell Lowell:

“And what is so rare as a day in June?

Then, if ever, come perfect days . . . “

Now, he didn’t write, “Perfect SHOPPING days,” but that’s what we have at the ALI thrift shop in June. We’ve COMPLETELY re-stocked the store with summer merchandise. Summer tops and pants for women, Hawaiian shirts for men, bathing suits and cover-ups, board shorts, regular shorts. Summer pool and barbecue accessories. Fun jewelry to go with all your summer outfits. Beach books for vacation reading.

Come in and check out our housewares, kids’ clothing, toys, and home decor. And don’t forget our home office/tech area if you’re trying to organize paperwork at the end of the school year.

We can’t really say that everything in the shop is new, because it’s “gently used.”   But it’s all NEW TO YOU in June. Time for some perfect shopping days!

Tuesday, April 21st is the iheartoc Giving Day! Will you join us?

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Help us join with other nonprofits to raise $2MM for charity in 30 hours on the “iheartoc Giving Day!”   Your online credit card donation of $25 or more will help us earn bonus funds and prizes to support our community programs. Starting at 6 am on Tuesday, April 21 through noon on Wednesday, April 22, you can donate to Assistance League of Irvine.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOW

This event is sponsored by the Orange County Community Foundation, an organization founded 25 years ago to provide grants and support to local non-profits.

We know our blog readers support us by shopping at our Thrift Store. If you’ve thought about contributing further to our programs but weren’t sure how to go about it, this is your opportunity. All the funds we raise will go right back into our own community here in Irvine, and we’ll make the most of every dollar!

(And once the 30 hours of online giving are over, be sure to stop by our Thrift Shop to check out our new spring merchandise!)

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The ‘Gogo Grandmothers’ Fashion Show is coming. Save the date!

ECD_OVC_GogosWe all watched the Oscars a couple of weeks ago and swooned over the fabulous gowns.  With every TV host telling us who’s wearing what designer, the fashion show is a big part of Oscar night.  Today we’re going to tell you about a DIFFERENT kind of fashion show.  Instead of glittering couture gowns, this one features some outfits from our ALI Thrift Shop! And it’s for a charity called “Gogo Grandmothers,” which raises funds for grandmothers in Malawi, Africa, who are supporting the millions of orphans left by the AIDS epidemic.  These courageous “Gogos” (an African word for “grandmother”) are subsistence farmers in rural villages, who are struggling to keep their families together and raise the next generation.  The charity provides help with food, fertilizer and seed, and school fees and uniforms so children can attend school.

Fashion shows have long been popular fund-raising events, and we were thrilled that this group chose to select clothing from our Thrift Shop.  It’s another example of how your donations to ALI go on to help others – in this case Gogos who live far away from Irvine, but share our same goals for our children.  By the way, the Gogo Grandmothers charity began here in Irvine in 2005 at Mariners Church, and now has spread throughout the world.  As  you might expect, most of the members are grandmothers themselves!

If you’d like to see how to put together fashionable, creative outfits without using a Hollywood stylist, plus support a good cause, the fashion show will be Saturday, March 14 from 2 pm to 4 pm at Mariner’s Church in Irvine.  There’s a $10 suggested donation.  All the fashions came from thrift shops, and the models will tell you where they found them! You can contact Suzie Hamilton at qsuzie@yahoo.com for more information.

Our newest gift idea!

iStock_000009799796MediumDid you know that the ALI thrift shop has GIFT CERTIFICATES? These come in $5 denominations and are a perfect solution for those situations where you need an affordable gift. Like these:

  1. You belong to a Bunco group where everyone has to bring a token door prize to award during the evening.
  2. Your 8th grade daughter wants to have a sleepover birthday party, and you need party favors.
  3. The kid down the street, who has been sleeping on his parents’ couch ever since he graduated from college five years ago, because he’s “writing a screenplay,” finally moves into an apartment, and you want to give him something to send him on his way. (You give his parents a bottle of champagne, however.)
  4. You’re the church youth group advisor/band mother/drill team chaperone or some other type of adult volunteer for a high-school group, and need a unisex-type gift or prize for the kids, that isn’t food.

See how easy this could be? Just visit the thrift shop and tell the cashier you want to buy some GIFT CERTIFICATES. (And while you’re at the shop, reward yourself with a little something, too!)

Off the Grid at the Thrift Shop

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By Marta Mahoney

It’s HOT out there, readers! And when it’s hot, we run our air conditioning and our fans. And when we all do that at once, we have power outages. And when we have power outages, we can’t watch TV, make microwave popcorn, or play computer games. We have to go OFF THE GRID and find other ways to entertain ourselves!

In fact, we had a power outage in Irvine just the other day. Now before we have another one (remember, we still have at least two months of REALLY HOT WEATHER), head over to the ALI thrift shop and get prepared! It’s HOT out there, readers! And when it’s hot, we run our air conditioning and our fans. And when we all do that at once, we have power outages. And when we have power outages, we can’t watch TV, make microwave popcorn, or play computer games. We have to go OFF THE GRID and find other ways to entertain ourselves!

  • With no TV, you need puzzles and board games you can play by flashlight or candlelight (and we know you have flashlights and candles that you bought for earthquake preparedness, right?). And you can always read a book by flashlight – just like you did when you were a kid who was supposed to be asleep!
  • Pick up some of our plastic margarita glasses or plastic tumblers. You’ll need to use up the ice, milk, and juice in your refrigerator, and the plastic glasses won’t break if you accidentally knock them on the floor in the dark.
  • Buy some flip-flops from our shoe section, because it’ll be too hot to wear shoes.
  • Get a supply of tank tops and shorts in case the power goes out for several days and you can’t do laundry.
  • We always have a selection of water bottles – and you’ll need one to keep you cool.

Last but not least – take home a few DVDs from our vast collection, and hide them away to reward yourself with a “movie night” when the power comes back on!

 

DIY BELT BUCKLE

 

 

 

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Ever wanted to create your own belt buckle? Take a look at this awesome belt buckle craft below!

Materials:

Belt buckles – Etsy (search for “belt buckle blank”)

  • Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • Scraps of scrapbook paper
  • Embellishments – stickers, brads, rhinestones, glitter . . . whatever you have in your stash. The cool flowers are Maya Road Resin Blossoms in
  • Vellum
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • STEPS:
First, use a piece of vellum (or another scrap of paper) as a template – trace the inside of the belt buckle with your pencil. I did a rubbing of the edge and it worked well.
First, use a piece of vellum (or another scrap of paper) as a template – trace the inside of the belt buckle with your pencil. I did a rubbing of the edge and it worked well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tape the template on your paper and cut it out (with scissors or a craft knife).
Tape the template on your paper and cut it out (with scissors or a craft knife). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Mod Podge the paper into the belt buckle blank and let it dry for about 15 – 20 minutes.
Mod Podge the paper into the belt buckle blank and let it dry for about 15 – 20 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add embellishments and then add Dimensional Magic. Use THREE layers. Do one layer and allow it to dry in a warm place (to prevent cracking). Then a second layer and allow it to dry again. THEN a third layer and add the scrapbooking brad embellishments so that they would be “dimensional” on the top of the Dimensional Magic.
Add embellishments and then add Dimensional Magic. Use THREE layers. Do one layer and allow it to dry in a warm place (to prevent cracking). Then a second layer and allow it to dry again. THEN a third layer and add the scrapbooking brad embellishments so that they would be “dimensional” on the top of the Dimensional Magic.