The history of the Twin Cities’ best thrift store: Arc’s Value Village

  We all love Arc’s Value Village for its affordable prices, collectibles, the best vintage, and thrifty items! But did you know Arc’s Value Village is a part of the non-profit, The Arc Minnesota? Arc’s Value Village plays a huge role in human and civil rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).   Please note: […]

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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 Stanford 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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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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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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Calling All Business Professionals!

I’m super surprised on how many business professionals (including entrepreneurs) I have seen this fall via Arc’s Value Village personal shopping service! With that, I just had to write about it! Now, if there is anything I know it’s running a business along with the branding of it from the inside out (speaking as a […]

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How to wear leopard at work.

I recently posted a suggestion of how to wear leopard at work. This sparked some interest, including with our stylist Sarah who showed up for work in one of the looks, so we decided to expand and show a few more options. Average outfit shown here at Arc’s Value Village sells for $20, except on […]

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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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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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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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