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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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...
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...
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Are your dining room chairs stained, dirty and outdated?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...
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...