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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Style Show Co-Emcee Anahita Champion

We are pleased to announce the co-emcee of our spring style show is Anahita Champion! As an on-air talent, emcee, and event correspondent, Anahita has captured the attention and admiration of thousands of viewers and collaborators. Anahita has interviewed Hollywood A-List stars, athletes and entertainers on the red carpet at events such as the Starkey Hearing Foundation […]

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Super Model & Super Bowl

While in my transition program with St. Paul Schools, I got to do an internship at Arc’s Value Village at the new store in White Bear Lake as soon as it opened. It was very fun working there with other people that I got to know and still see sometimes when I go shopping or […]

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Stephanie Hansen is our kind of thrifter!

HI! My name is Stephanie and I am the broadcaster, blogger, photographer, podcaster, thrifter and eater behind StephaniesDish.com and the podcast MakersofMN. It all began in 2005 when Stephanie March (Food Editor for Mpls.St.Paul Magazine) and I started the radio show #WeeklyDish on the Twin Cities station Mytalk1071. Ten years later, the show is going […]

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Make It With Wool

Guest Blogger Sarah Thelen: I’ve been sewing since I was in third grade. The very first thing I ever made was a pink and yellow tropical printed pillowcase and I still use it every night. My mom used to be a Home Economics teacher and was in 4-H, so naturally I grew up in 4-H. […]

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I shop, volunteer and photograph too!

By Guest Blogger Team Emma & Grammy Debbie My name is Emma, and I like to take pictures. I have been shopping at Arc’s Value Village since I was a little girl, and I usually get my Halloween costume there – like this year. Now I am 13 years old and can shop by myself! […]

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A Thankful Thrifter

What are you thankful this year? I enjoyed four relaxing days off this Thanksgiving and had some time to reflect on everything that I am grateful for. Turns out it it’s not things, but people that bring me the most joy and gratitude. On that list, I am very grateful for my co-worker Duane! A […]

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The Magic of Determination

  Are You Determined? I’m what one might call “selectively determined.” I don’t always choose to exercise my strong sense of determination, but when I do – watch out. Things will happen. So when do I choose to be determined? I am NOT determined when it comes to physical activity. Me when running for longer […]

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