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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DIY your denim!

DIY your denim!

We’ve all been there, sifting through our closets thinking “what in the world am I going to wear?!” You pick up the latest fashion magazines to browse the spring styles, it happens to be the denim issue. Before you know it, you’re contemplating going to the mall, thinking about all...
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DIY: How to reupholster a chair in 5 minutes!

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Are your dining room chairs stained, dirty and outdated?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...
Autism: My Experience and How The Arc Helped

Autism: My Experience and How The Arc Helped

As a child, I never felt like I fit in anywhere. I struggled making friends, I had a difficult time expressing myself in a positive manner when faced with changes in my routine, or when facing new experiences. I struggled with anxiety and depression; skipped school and struggled to finish high school even though I...
Behind the Curtain – What’s it really like to run a thrift shop?

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...
Family Capsule Wardrobe

Family Capsule Wardrobe

It’s that time again: Switching our capsules. To be honest, the boys didn’t need many new items, a couple more sweatshirts (replacing t-shirts) and another pair of warm athletic pants. They were done. The girls and mom on the other hand?  We had a few more holes to fill in.  FFTC partnered with Arc’s Value...
Nursery Up North - by Alisun Abbott

Nursery Up North – by Alisun Abbott

Michelle Raven and I met a few years ago when I was making the pivotal transition in my life from full-time corporate dweller to full-time dreamer, thrifter, and DIYer. As a savvy thrift store shopper, Michelle created an innovative (and free!) personal shopping service offered exclusively at Arc’s Value Village Thrift Stores. I work as...
Reuse today and support Arc’s Value Village!

Reuse today and support Arc’s Value Village!

By Sam Graves, Intern We all know we should reuse items, but do we know why? How do we know if something is “good” enough to be reused? In advance of National Reuse Day October 20, here are a few tips on how you can tell if something is worth reusing, why reusing is important...