PUMPKINS, PUMPKINS, PUMPKINS

It’s October – and that means pumpkin patches and corn mazes.  (And baseball playoffs!) In spite of Irvine’s agricultural heritage, there aren’t many actual fields of pumpkins or corn left any more.  Our suburban substitutes, pumpkin patches and corn mazes, don’t have quite the same sense of working the farm to harvest the crops.   (On the other hand, they sell food and have lots of parking.)  Both pumpkins and corn originally came from Mexico, and were known as early as 10,000 – 7,000 BC.  No wonder we feel nostalgic when pumpkins start to show up at the grocery store!

Pumpkins have become favorite fall decorations in recent years.  We’ve got LOTS of pumpkin-themed items at the ALI thrift shop – ceramic pumpkins, Halloween pumpkins, pumpkin candlesticks, pumpkin tabletop decor, you name it.  Come in and check out our fall merchandise, because it won’t last.  And once you’ve filled your home with pumpkins, corn stalks, and red-and-gold fall leaves, enjoy the playoffs!

      

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DO YOU NEED DECORATIONS? WE’VE GOT ‘EM!

It’s the end of September, and we all know what that means.  We’ve come to that point in the year that we all dread.  NO,  not back-to-school.  Everyone is HAPPY about back-to-school. The little kids are no longer underfoot all day, and the big kids are no longer sitting around eating all your food.  No – we’re talking about an activity that strikes fear into all our hearts.  It’s – TIME TO LOOK FOR THE HOLIDAY DECORATIONS! Yes – all those holidays.  Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s.  Plus plain old Fall and Winter.

I’m convinced that someone could develop an entire reality TV show competition about searching for the decorations.  Are they in the garage? In the rafters of the garage? In the attic? In that bedroom where you’re keeping all the boxes you never unpacked when you moved in five years ago? You can remember writing down the place where you put them on a piece of paper, but now you can’t find the piece of paper.  You can remember putting a note in your phone, but you just got a new phone and the “notes” section didn’t transfer over.  About the only thing you can be sure of, because very, very few of us have basements, is that they’re not in the basement.

Many of us, after looking for a couple of days, simply give up and decide to buy NEW decorations, year after year.  It’s not a defeat! It’s an opportunity! Over the next three months, the ALI thrift shop will have an ABSOLUTELY AMAZING SELECTION OF HOLIDAY DECORATIONS! You can find anything you want, for any holiday you want, at a fantastically low price.  And the money you spend with us goes right back to our community.

If you find your decorations, more power to you! But if you don’t, you know where to go for new ones!

IT’S THE WITCHING HOUR

Halloween is around the corner. . . the dark sky lit by a pale crescent moon . . . the sudden rush of ghostly chilled air in a warm room . . . the creak of hinges as the candle sputters out . . . the parade of goblins and black cats and witches that leads to . . . the ALI thrift shop!

Yes, HALLOWEEN IS COMING TO THE THRIFT SHOP! Our Halloween costumes and decor will be out in the shop starting WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28! Be there at 10 am when we open for the best selection of Halloween merchandise. We’ve got costumes for children and adults, home decor, Halloween jewelry, and much, much more. Shop now and you’ll be able to enjoy the Halloween spirit all through October.

And since everything you buy at the ALI thrift shop is a fraction of the original cost, you can shop with us and still have money left over for your Halloween candy!

Witching hour is coming to Assistance League of Irvine. Come one… Come all.

Hop on your magic BROOMS and FLY over to the thrift shop to see our amazing selection of HALLOWEEN merchandise! We know the WITCHING HOUR of October 31 is over a month away, but if you wait you won’t have a GHOST of a chance for these bargains, because our stock will be a SKELETON of what it is right now! We’ve got an incredible supply of COSTUMES for all ages, plus all the HALLOWEEN decor you’ve been looking for to turn your home into a HAUNTED HOUSE. PUMPKINS galore, TOMBSTONES, BLACK CATS, SCARY PORTRAITS, and HALLOWEEN CANDLES for that gloomy atmosphere. Plus PARTY SUPPLIES like Halloween pencils and stickers, and awesome HALLOWEEN CARDS hand-crafted by some of our artistic members.

Our HALLOWEEN items only RISE FROM THE GRAVE (come out of their storage boxes) once a year, so visit the shop BEFORE THE CLOCK RUNS OUT and they disappear!