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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The Gift of Misdiagnosis

The Gift of Misdiagnosis

Isn’t it funny how life can turn out? And isn’t it amazing how a challenge can turn into an amazing gift? ​ As I approach my 7th anniversary of my correct diagnosis, I can’t help but think about how much I have changed these past few years. I have forced myself to try so many...
What makes you different, makes you beautiful

What makes you different, makes you beautiful

As my preteen favorite boy band once said “What makes you different, makes you beautiful.” There are over 7 billion people on Earth today, and not one person is the same.  You are truly one of a kind.  Everyone has his or her own likes and dislikes, their own tastes, and their own styles.  We...
"My Dreams Have Come True"

“My Dreams Have Come True”

“Mom, my dreams have all come true.” This is the statement my daughter Katlyn made after being a model for Arc’s Value Village Halloween Boo-tique (featured on Channel 12 and City Pages).  I still get emotional when I think about it, because I never thought I would hear those words from her.  When Katlyn was...
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...