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!

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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!)

Working out with books

reading-newspaper-while-riding-stationary-bike“Twice a week I go to the gym and ride the stationary bicycle.  so I’m always looking for “gym books” that I can read while I exercise.  I like mysteries, thrillers, romances, historical fiction – you name it.  (Plot lines where the heroine decides to start working out and then transforms her life/meets Mr. Right/gets a job in Paris are especially good for this.)”

The thrift shop is  GREAT place to find a gym book! Most of Assistance League of Irvine’s paperbacks are 50 cents or $1 – way cheaper than even Costco!  At these prices, if you spill your water bottle all over the book, it won’t matter.  ALI ALWAYS has new books coming in, so check out the book section and stock up.