May 2016
A simple life is good with me. I don't need a whole lot. For me, a T-shirt, a pair of shorts, barefoot on a beach and I'm happy. 

You may have heard the "Thrift Shop". In the song it state that you have $20 in your pocket and we are going to pop some tags. So the question comes can you buy a complete outfit for $20?

Mission: Snag some well-fitted, gently-used clothes at your local thrift store.

Instructions: Follow this guide to thrift store shopping to make the most out  of your trips. And yes, you really can walk out of the store with a complete outfit for just $20!
If the flowers are blooming or the leaves are changing color, that's your time to head over to the thrift store. People everywhere start cleaning and reorganizing their housewares and wardrobes whenever the seasons change. As I noticed Spring weather started warm up, I started taking out all my summer shorts, and shirts (and taking stock in those that no longer fit). Thrift shops usually get inundated with new items to pick from when the weather shifts - so that's the perfect time for to go shopping.

The beauty (and the frustration) of thrift store shopping is that each individual item is unique. At the same time, you usually won't be able to get the same Lucky Jeans in a different size if it doesn't fit perfectly. It's like striking oil when you find something perfect for your body type and style; on the other hand, it can feel like a complete let-down when nothing seems to fit. You can easily increase your odds of finding thrift store treasures by popping into Salvation Army Family Store or a consignment store more frequently than you would a normal department store. Now, I'm not encouraging any form of impulse shopping, but with an ever-changing selection, your odds of finding something incredible will increase the more often you go.

Some thrift stores like SA Family Store hold weekly sales on already heavily-discounted items. For example, you can take another 50% off already affordable prices and you can scoop up a $10 dress for only $5 or even less on Saturday's sales. Keep track of regular sales at your favorite second-hand shop and you can turn a money-saving trip to the thrift store into a legitimate shopping spree.

If you're heading out for some second-hand shopping, it's a good rule of thumb to always bring something to donate while you're there, for a few reasons:

1.It's a good reminder to assess what clothes you really need and wear - and avoid overstuffing your wardrobe with new purchases.
2.Regular donations literally keep thrift stores in business.
3.You'll feel like you've accomplished something on your trip, even if you end up walking out of the store without having bought anything.

On that note, be prepared to walk away with nothing. It will happen, and you shouldn't feel bad about it. You may spend a whole hour in a thrift store and walk out without a single purchase. Just remember to shop often and always bring in something to donate to help you feel like your trip was worthwhile.

Beneficiary of the Month
Emmita W. 

     My addiction started at a very young age of 9 years old. It started with marijuana and grew to freebasing cocaine. I was tired of running and living from place to place. My addiction was in control and running my life. The struggle of trying to get the next high was the drive of my life.
     When I received the call from intake here at The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC), I had no Idea where I was going and the struggle was great. By God's grace, He knew where I was going and had things all planned for me. I look back and am amazed at the progress I have made here at the ARC. I am not as frustrated or angry and I have learned to communicate a lot easier. I have learned humility, and that God has so many blessing for me.
      Upon graduated the program, I want to continue to grow humble and strengthen my relationship with young ones in my life. I pray that they will not make the same mistakes that I have made and find God, because without Him this is no life. I thank God and all the loving people here at the ARC for giving me the opportunity to change.

Now You Can Save Using Your Smartphone

     All you need to do is download the FLOK app from your app store (or click on the picture) then join the store(s) of choice and start saving. Includes Sign-up gift, punch card, up coming sales notices, pictures of hot items in the store and so much more...   

Punch Card and More Discounts

Upcoming Event Dates  (details to follow)
Alpine Anniversary Event - June 10th and 11th


Majors Roger and Cecilia Senn, Administrators