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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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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Spotlight: Kyle Gustafson

Since 1982 our Richfield store has been an important part of this community. Arc’s Value Village is the face of The Arc Minnesota, often times the first time people hear of our organization and the important work we do serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Keeping the store operating at maximum speed is vital […]

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Spotlight: JoEllen Schultz

If you’ve ever shopped our New Hope store, you’ve hopefully had the pleasure of meeting JoEllen Schultz. JoE (for short) has a warm smile, a kind heart, and a calming presence. We recently caught up with her to learn a bit more:   Q:  What is your background A:  I have been with Arc’s Value […]

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Claire: One of a Kind

Background: Claire’s professional bio describes her as a writer, model, marathoner, and mama. We emphatically add ‘thrifter’ to that list! Claire has been a long-time supporter of our Richfield location, and was delighted to discover our New Hope store when she moved to that side of town. She is smart and really discovered the cost […]

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Wedding Season Is Here!

There is no doubt about it that I have bought dresses or special event wear for that one occasion then never wore it again. How many of you are guilty of this too? ?♀️ Being a professional thrifter, one-off outfits like this can easily be thrifted. Whether you’re buying a few pieces for interviewing, a […]

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Holiday Dressing

‘Tis the season for sequins, sparkles and velvet right? Shine on, crazy diamond! Holiday dressing is especially fun at Arc’s Value Village because a whole outfit can be put together without spending your whole holiday bonus check! Our personal shoppers recently hosted a holiday dressing event at our New Hope location and offered tips and […]

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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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Circular Inventory

One in, one out? One in, two out? None in for a month? What is your home inventory method? Many Twin Citians practice the discipline of home inventory management, whether it’s because they are downsizing to urban living, simplifying their busy, cluttered lives, or perhaps reversing the trend for overconsumption for ecological reasons. The Netflix […]

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WOOL

I have a new obsession. Perhaps this is coming at an unusual time as I’m a Minnesotan and we are finally at a place where we can safely say it will not snow again. (It won’t, right?) It just stormed and hailed and snowed last week. I don’t think our sweet MidCoast hearts can handle […]

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