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Are your dining room chairs stained, dirty and outdated?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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Mattress Matters

When it comes to choosing the right mattress there are a lot of options out there, though these days it seems far too many come with an inflated sense of urgency through hyped and gimmicky sales events.  Comparison shopping can be tricky and sales staff can often be woefully under-informed or intent on pursuing their […]

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Apartment Life (Made Easy)

My first apartments were shared, as a student and then as a newlywed. And now after … well after many years I’m back living in an apartment. I no longer own a lawn mower, a hose, a rake or a snow shovel. Love it. This past winter I just enjoyed snowstorms and didn’t have to […]

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One on One with HGTV’s Cari Cucksey

“Be Grateful for Everything”. That is what Cari Cucksey, repurposing guru and star of HGTV’s “Cash & Cari”, says drives her passion for reuse.  Cari is a true entrepreneur wearing many hats:  TV personality, business owner, repurposing artist, and soon to be author. We caught up with Cari recently to talk repurposing. VV: Cari, how […]

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Insights from a Mid-Century & Danish Modern Lover

You may have noticed the feature about Golden Age Design in the October issue of Mpls St. Paul Magazine. We noticed when owner Kara Kurth and her business partner & husband Bill gave a shout out to Arc’s Value Village as their fave thrift store.  It seemed like a good opportunity to get to know […]

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Chalk Paint: No Pain, All Pleasure

At the Junk Bonanza this last weekend, we gave away a very cute bar along with the accessories and a $100 gift card from Value Village. The paint product that was used on the buffet cabinet turned bar is from a British company called Annie Sloan and is called Chalk Paint™ and was developed about […]

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