What to Wear for The Arc Minnesota’s Gala

  The Arc Minnesota’s Gala is one of our annual fundraisers that celebrates the work The Arc Minnesota does, and champions the work left to do for people with disabilities to live full, inclusive lives in their communities. This year it takes place March 4th, at The Depot in Minneapolis (and live streams virtually!). I […]

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The history of the Twin Cities’ best thrift store: Arc’s Value Village

  We all love Arc’s Value Village for its affordable prices, collectibles, the best vintage, and thrifty items! But did you know Arc’s Value Village is a part of the non-profit, The Arc Minnesota? Arc’s Value Village plays a huge role in human and civil rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).   Please note: […]

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Tis the Season! Melissa is back!

Hello Villagers, I’m back! I took a little break from blogging, but I’ll be guest blogging for Arc’s once a month again, and  I couldn’t be happier and more excited! We’re in the middle of the holiday season, so what better timing than to talk about holiday fashion? Wardrobe from Arc’s Value Village / Styled […]

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A Guide To Giving Gifts Sustainably During The Holidays

Did you know that household waste increases by more than 25% from Thanksgiving to New Year’s, according to Stanford University Waste Reduction? Shopping bags, wrapping paper, bows, and ribbons, to the gifts given and the ones returned, contribute to millions and millions of trash entering landfills each week during the holidays. But here’s how you […]

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Best places to find Winter Holiday Décor

The holidays are right around the corner again, which means it’s time to decorate your home. Finding holiday decor can be a daunting task, especially if you don’t know where to shop or where to find affordable holiday decor. But don’t worry we’ve got you covered! No matter what you’re looking for or how much […]

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5 Places to Find The Perfect Vintage Inspired Wardrobe This Fall

It’s a new season, which means a new wardrobe to accommodate the weather! However, a new wardrobe can be expensive, and it’s not accessible or affordable for most. Adding to that, how do you build a new autumn wardrobe with the hottest style of the season? Just like Autumn, vintage and retro are back! So […]

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Sustainable Thanksgiving:

3 ways to have your most sustainable Thanksgiving yet Recycled from Hennepin County Reuse Did you know that Thanksgiving has a significant impact on our carbon footprint? In fact, according to Grove.com, the carbon footprint from this holiday is equivalent to 800,000 cars driving from L.A. to Florida. The good news is there are several sustainable […]

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a·ble·ism

/ˈābəˌlizəm/noun  Ableism is defined as discrimination or social prejudice against people with disabilities (and in favor of able-bodied people) based on the belief that typical abilities are superior. “That’s crazy!” “Lame!” “Our company vision” “Mute your computer microphone” We hear these on a regular basis. And while assuming positive intent, the impact can be negative. Phrases […]

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Imagine

Imagine by John Lennon Imagine there’s no heaven It’s easy if you try No hell below us Above us, only sky Imagine all the people Livin’ for today Ah Imagine there’s no countries It isn’t hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion, too Imagine all the people Livin’ life in […]

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Workwear Tips & Tricks

Happy August everyone! This summer seems like it’s flying by so fast, am I right?! When we were in quarantine it seemed like everything was going by so slowly and now that we’re out of it, it’s going by so quickly. It also seemed like quarantine’s casual wear was going to still be a thing […]

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