You’ve all heard of Duty-Free Shops. Those shops at the airport, with security guards at the entrance and enticing displays of designer handbags, perfumes, and high-end liquor in their windows. You watch enviously as the lucky passengers with international tickets are shown into this magical place, where shoppers pay no sales tax or VAT because they’re about to leave the country.
But you no longer need to gaze wistfully at the Duty-Free Shop and think about how wonderful it would be not to pay sales tax. You can shop right here in Irvine – and not pay any sales tax! No saving for months to afford the plane ticket to Europe. No two-hour drive to LAX during the morning rush hour so you can make it through airport security in time to board your afternoon flight. No searching frantically for a spot in the long-term parking structure. All this is behind you! Tax-free shopping awaits you!
At the ALI thrift shop, customers don’t pay sales tax. That’s because we are a non-profit organization. We’re able to obtain an exemption from sales tax by providing work training to a group of clients of Goodwill Industries. These wonderful people work with us every week to help prepare our clothing donations to go out on the racks in the store. This improves their work skills and self-esteem, and we’re able to save our customers the sales tax. It’s a win-win for everyone – and makes our thrift shop even more of a bargain for our customers!