Arc’s Value Village Thrift Stores began in 1982 and provide vital funding for The Arc Greater Twin Cities. The Arc Greater Twin Cities provides programs and services for people with developmental disabilities and their families here in the Twin Cities Metro Area.


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Meet Maggie: Living The Best Life

Meet Maggie: Living The Best Life

The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, actively supporting them and their families in a lifetime of full inclusion and participation in their communities. Maggie is the exact reason why The Arc is successful in its mission, and she is also the...
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Repurposing Cashmere Sweaters into Touques

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....
Fitness Thrifting

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...
Employing People With Disabilities

Employing People With Disabilities

There are a number of powerful myths that exist about people with disabilities in the workplace and in our culture. Many of these beliefs are false, and should not be broadly applied to people with disabilities. Despite their ability, desire, and willingness to work the majority of people with disabilities continue to be unemployed or...
My journey from Gambia to Arc's Value Village

My journey from Gambia to Arc’s Value Village

My name is Fatou and I was born and raised in Gambia, West Africa and moved to America at the age of 18. I graduated from Patrick Henry High School, studied Mass Communications at the University of Minnesota and graduated from MCTC where I received an Associate Degree in Medical Office Assistance. I work in...
T-Short, Short Story

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...
Confessions of a First-Year-Thrifter

Confessions of a First-Year-Thrifter

BMW and rusty old jeep. Starched linen J.Crew portfolio dress and soft plaid old lumberjack. Luis Vuitton Alma handbag and drug store pleather fanny pack. Choices and contradictions guide my style. I have a taste for the finer things in life and a deep appreciation for the simply simple. As I approach my one-year anniversary...