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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Volunteer of the Year!

Karen Powell is our 2017 Volunteer of the Year! Karen is described as an “anchor” for the volunteer team in Richfield. She is a tireless volunteer and has been known to volunteer more than one shift in a day on many occasions. Last fall, she was in the Richfield store to help sort and set […]

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Remarkable Photographer-y

A picture tells a thousand words and Chris McDuffie is a visual storyteller with volumes of best sellers. Vanessa, Chris’s wife and Arc’s Value Village supporter and stylist, posted a beautiful picture on Instagram one day and credited @mcduffphoto. The photo was remarkable. In search of volunteer photographers for our spring style show, I inquired […]

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Advocacy & Fashion

Hello! I am beyond honored to be taking part in the third annual style show celebrating World Down Syndrome Awareness Day! The Embrace Your Style show sits at the intersection of two of my passions in life: disability advocacy and fashion. I have been fortunate to work with people with disabilities for over 10 years. […]

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Young Vision

Lights. Camera. Action. That’s just where the story begins for Cinematographer Gabe Hostetler. Gabe’s use of timing, color, sound and motion reveal something otherwise missed. His layers of video, voice, music and sound touch the senses. His quiet intuition guides his creativity. In this world of self-promoting selfies and self-proclaimed producers his work is a […]

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