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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Employee Spotlight: Greg Rue

Photo Credit: Phil Davies

Photo & Blog by Phil Davies In the fast-paced, oftentimes chaotic world of thrift, Greg Rue keeps the operation on track—and makes sure that everybody involved has a blast. A Bloomington native who has worked for The Arc Minnesota for 25 years, Greg oversees The Arc Minnesota’s stores in Richfield, Bloomington and New Hope. As […]

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Watching Our Waste This Holiday!

Halloween is here and the holidays fall right on the heels. Minnesotans are a festive bunch and we love to entertain, decorate and exchange gifts with loved ones…but at what expense? According to Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, a typical Minnesotan between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day adds an additional 1 million tons a week to […]

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I shop, volunteer and photograph too!

By Guest Blogger Team Emma & Grammy Debbie My name is Emma, and I like to take pictures. I have been shopping at Arc’s Value Village since I was a little girl, and I usually get my Halloween costume there – like this year. Now I am 13 years old and can shop by myself! […]

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12 Months of Gathering…for the BEST Gift Giving Ever!

Another Christmas season has come and gone. As I take down the tinsel, box up the ornaments, and pack away my Christmas decorations, I reminisce on this past season of joy and giving. This Christmas was very special because of a crazy thought I had last January. I love Christmas and one of my favorite […]

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10 reasons Arc’s Value Village Bloomington’s grand opening should go on your calendar NOW

If you go: Location: Valley West Shopping Center, 10546 France Ave. South in Bloomington (France Ave & Old Shakopee Rd, by Cub Foods) Time: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. December 6 with scheduled events throughout the day Event website We’ve been working hard to prepare our fifth store location for our grand opening celebration happening […]

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Eco-Wrapping

Just a Few Words About How Much We Waste: Wrapping Paper:  From Thanksgiving to New Years Day, household waste increases by more than 25%. Added food waste, shopping bags, packaging, wrapping paper, bows and ribbons – it all adds up to an additional 1 million tons a week to our landfills. (EPA and Use Less Stuff).  […]

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The Top 10 White Elephant Gift Finds at Arc’s Value Village this year!

Occasionally donated items arrive that make staff and volunteers look at each other and wonder, “What in the world?”  We’ve assembled our favorite holiday head scratching finds in a top 10 Arc’s Value Village White Elephant gift list just in time for the holiday season!  Do you give gag gifts or exchange white elephant gifts with friends […]

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Dress-up Costume Bins

Now is a great time to start planning what you are going to do for all those kids on your Christmas list.  It’s also a great time to shop for costumes. Last year I decided to do something different for Christmas gifts.  I gave my nephew and two nieces dress up bins full of costume […]

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