Social Responsibility

Social Responsibility. What does it mean? A famous quote from Mahatma Gandhi comes to mind, “The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.” The first time I ever really heard that quote was from our former CEO here at The Arc Minnesota when I first started the job, and it is always on my mind. As human […]

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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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Makers of MN

“Something that is old, worn and forgotten gets a second life in color. The pieces all have meaning and sentimental value but are not being used any longer. It’s all about the juxtaposition” says Julia Moss, local designer who transforms vintage silver into modern creations. Many of us remember the days of pulling out the […]

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Makers of MN

The Minnesota State Fair (August 23-September 3 Labor Day) has everything from crafts, art, music, farm animals, food, and the Midway. This year I am really excited to partner with Arc’s Value Village and The Minnesota Pollution Control agency to bring you a live edition of my podcast, The Makers of Minnesota, from the Eco […]

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Makers of MN

Robinwood Reclaim is the result of a city kid, Patrick, marrying the North Dakota farm girl, Robin. When the couple met and visited her family farm, they would often spend time driving around the country-side and explore many of the abandoned buildings scattered around them, especially those on her farm. As they searched, Patrick could […]

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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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Employee Spotlight: Diane Jensen

Employee Spotlight: Diane Jensen – Store Manager, Bloomington Arc’s Value Village Do you know Diane? Her core strengths are achiever, responsibility, input, learner and intellectual but you probably recognize her from her friendly smile and big hugs! Before joining our team, Diane was a high school teacher, antique dealer and clean water / environmental activist […]

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Thrift Partner of the Year!

At Arc’s Value Village we realize that it takes a Village. We recently awarded the Pioneer Endicott Building in St. Paul the Arc’s Value Village Thrift Partner of the Year. This award recognizes an organization that has shown exceptional commitment to supporting The Arc Minnesota and Arc’s Value Village Thrift Stores through volunteerism and/or donations. […]

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