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 Standford 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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‘Tis the Season for Holiday Wear!

Happy December everyone! This blog post goes out to all you ladies out there! How many of you always wear a dress to a holiday function or feel like that’s your only option? I’m here to tell you, it’s not and it shouldn’t be. There are SO MANY different options, including layering or getting creative […]

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Thrifty Traveler

By Guest Blogger & Stylist Melissa Hernandez Erickson Who’s been traveling this summer? I am sure a lot of you have, especially with this weird summer Minnesota has been having. How many of you had difficulty packing? Or maybe you just dread it all together when that time comes? Then I would keep reading!   […]

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Event Wear!

Hi everyone! Melissa here. Some of you may know me because I’m 1 of 3 personal shoppers for the Thrift Stylist program here at Arc’s Value Village! OR, maybe you have just seen me around because I’m there during the day almost every weekday. OR maybe my face looks familiar because I’ve been reposted on […]

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Employee Spotlight: Diane Jensen

Employee Spotlight: Diane Jensen – Store Manager, Bloomington Arc’s Value Village Do you know Diane? Her core strengths are achiever, responsibility, input, learner and intellectual but you probably recognize her from her friendly smile and big hugs! Before joining our team, Diane was a high school teacher, antique dealer and clean water / environmental activist […]

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The Magic of Determination

  Are You Determined? I’m what one might call “selectively determined.” I don’t always choose to exercise my strong sense of determination, but when I do – watch out. Things will happen. So when do I choose to be determined? I am NOT determined when it comes to physical activity. Me when running for longer […]

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Designed by Grace

 “Designed by Grace” is the inspiring story of a young local woman’s dream to become a fashion designer. With a little help from our personal shopper Michelle Raven and dressmaker Marina Shimelfarb, Grace’s sketches and dreams became real. Excerpt from Jana Shortal of KARE11 (follow them on Twitter @janashortal @kare11) here and links below: Kids […]

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Repurposing Cashmere Sweaters into Touques

Growing up in a very small town in northern Canada, a majority of our clothes came from the Sears catalogue. If you wanted something other than Sears couture, you had to make it yourself or drive four hours to the closest city. Fortunately, I came from long line of extremely talented knitters, sewers, and crafters. […]

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My journey from Gambia to Arc’s Value Village

My name is Fatou and I was born and raised in Gambia, West Africa and moved to America at the age of 18. I graduated from Patrick Henry High School, studied Mass Communications at the University of Minnesota and graduated from MCTC where I received an Associate Degree in Medical Office Assistance. I work in […]

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DIY your denim!

We’ve all been there, sifting through our closets thinking “what in the world am I going to wear?!” You pick up the latest fashion magazines to browse the spring styles, it happens to be the denim issue. Before you know it, you’re contemplating going to the mall, thinking about all of the new styles and […]

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