Thrifty Traveler

By Guest Blogger & Stylist Melissa Hernandez Erickson Who’s been traveling this summer? I am sure a lot of you have, especially with this weird summer Minnesota has been having. How many of you had difficulty packing? Or maybe you just dread it all together when that time comes? Then I would keep reading!   […]

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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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Cheers!

“Momma always said ‘Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.’” Twenty-five years ago Forrest Gump warmed our hearts and we still relate to his sentiment today! Take our glassware department, for example. We receive ongoing donations of unique glassware from our generous donors in the neighborhood and you never know […]

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Denim DIY

One Pair Three Ways Pat yourself on the back – you did not buy the $250 distressed jeans as advertised! Thrifty shoppers are giddy with this season’s denim trends! Here are three ways to wear your $6.99 denim this year:   Frayed Bottom: Many ways up the mountain on this look! A simple cut and […]

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Thrift Style 2018

Fall Fashion Week is a thing. September 8th was our much-anticipated fall fashion event at Arc’s Value Village. Our team of personal shoppers (aka the Thrift Stylists!) hosted Ali & Harmony Kaplan (aka the Shop Girls of myTalk107.1) in our Richfield store for an afternoon of shopping. Unlike our spring event, where our stylists collaborate […]

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Stylist Spotlight: Melissa

Follow our team of stylists on Instagram  @ThriftStylists  (plural because we are a team!)     Today we are delighted to feature our thrift stylist Melissa, who believes working for The Arc is rewarding. She gets to help people inside and out with their style, and finds the charitable aspect motivating. Melissa is local from […]

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Stylist Spotlight: Sara Stamschror-Lott

Follow our team of fun and fashionable stylists on Instagram @ThriftStylists (plural because we are a team!) Today we are delighted to feature our thrift stylist Sara Stamschror-Lott! Sara hails from Lake City and now lives with her wonderful family here in the Twin Cities. Sara has worked with Arc’s Value Village for a few years […]

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You Are What You Wear

Responsible fashion is so in right now. By Laura Madden Sustainable fashion. When you hear those words, what comes to mind? Eco-friendly? Ethical? Fair Trade? Often, people paint a visual of hippy-style 1970s garb, or something that lacks style and sass – the furthest thing from fashionable. Choosing sustainability doesn’t mean sacrificing style. If you […]

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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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Fitness Thrifting

It might lack the romance of hunting for vintage treasures but the fitness section of your local thrift store is not to be missed. Whether it’s because we underestimate our actual dedication to a new sport or the physical changes that often come with a new workout regime, secondhand fitness clothing tends to be in […]

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