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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Make It With Wool

Guest Blogger Sarah Thelen: I’ve been sewing since I was in third grade. The very first thing I ever made was a pink and yellow tropical printed pillowcase and I still use it every night. My mom used to be a Home Economics teacher and was in 4-H, so naturally I grew up in 4-H. […]

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A Thankful Thrifter

What are you thankful this year? I enjoyed four relaxing days off this Thanksgiving and had some time to reflect on everything that I am grateful for. Turns out it it’s not things, but people that bring me the most joy and gratitude. On that list, I am very grateful for my co-worker Duane! A […]

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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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T-Short, Short Story

By Annette Hanley, Guest Blogger The t-shirt is a staple of the American wardrobe. Each tells a story of where we have been, where we are today and where we are going.  Millions are printed every day, each promoting a different cause, event or idea. But things change and another t-shirt is printed. I take […]

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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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DIY: How to reupholster a chair in 5 minutes!

Are your dining room chairs stained, dirty and outdated? Do your chairs look like they were attacked by a 3 year old with Koolaid and finger paint? Well here is the perfect DIY solution that is both fast and easy. This 5-minute life hack will not only upgrade your dining experience, but will help make […]

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Behind the Curtain – What’s it really like to run a thrift shop?

Kathie Olson, Arc’s Value Village Thrift & Donation Center Richfield. I never intended to manage a thrift store. That really wasn’t what I was shooting for. I mean, I always loved working in fine retail as a hobby for something fun to do when I needed some extra cash or was between “real” jobs, but […]

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Reuse today and support Arc’s Value Village!

By Sam Graves, Intern We all know we should reuse items, but do we know why? How do we know if something is “good” enough to be reused? In advance of National Reuse Day October 20, here are a few tips on how you can tell if something is worth reusing, why reusing is important […]

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Thriftable Fall Fashions

    By Michelle Raven   Crisper, cooler temps are settling in, the leaves on the trees are beginning to turn stunning hues of orange and yellow.  We’re stashing away our tanks, shorts and sundresses we loved all summer long and making room in our closets for the cozy layers of fall. today football predictions from […]

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