The Last Crafts of Christmas

By Julie White


For some, the Christmas crafting season is over for the year. But for me, it lives on. This is mainly because of ARC’s 50% off Christmas décor sale. I’ve found such amazing things for so, so cheap! I’m not quite at hoarding levels yet, but there’s still potential in the next week. Lots of the items I’ve purchased in the last couple weeks I’ve put out for the holiday, but a lot of them I’m also saving for next year and future crafting projects. Most recently I found a great, vintage, ceramic sleigh. The tag said $3.99 but with the 50% off at ARC it was only $2.

I also wanted to use some of the great vintage ornaments I’ve scored at ARC over the Christmas season, as well as some of the fun little things that I’ve found in the Christmas bags. These bags might be my favorite things at ARC. Often I buy them because of one thing that I see in there, but once I get them home and opened there are other small things that I missed and am excited to have. That was the case with my elf below—I bought the bag because of some vintage Santa figurines and didn’t even see the elf behind them until I was at home going through it. I positioned the elf in the front of the sleigh and then got started with the vintage ornaments.

Using my hot glue gun I attached a little bit of tinsel garland to the front and then started layering my vintage ornaments. I put some basic colors in there but also included some of my fancy ones. For some people, gluing vintage ornaments is big no-no. But I just like having them around my house and look for excuses to include them in projects. The beauty of shopping at ARC is that there’s a plethora of them to buy.

I kept layering until the sleigh was nice and full. My favorite bit is the two-tone gold and purple Shiny Brite bulb. I think it turned out well and love having even more vintage ornaments from ARC out on display for Christmas.

I hope you all get a chance to take advantage of ARC’s incredible sale, plus certain stores get visits from Santa on Saturdays. Have wonderful holidays!

Decking The Halls For A Thrifty Holiday

Arc Thrift Stores: The Best Place To Get All Your Holiday Décor


One of the most special things about the holidays – aside from presents, time with family, and sugar cookies, of course – is the festive decorations.

If you love decking the halls of your home or office – and plan to put Martha Stewart to shame with your creativity and ability to entertain – look no further than your local Arc Thrift Store for all your holiday décor needs!!

Ornaments, tree skirts, stockings, stocking stuffers, garlands, indoor and outdoor lights, blow up Santas for your front lawn, Christmas trees, and everything you’ll need to create a gorgeous table for your holiday meal – linens, plates, chargers, candles, serving platters and chafing dishes – can be found at your local Arc Thrift Store.


Arc has the state’s largest selection of holiday decorations…all at 50 PERCENT OFF starting December 11th through December 24th!!

All Christmas items are 75 PERCENT OFF starting December 26th.

All 24 Front Range Arc Thrift Stores (click here for a store locater) are participating in this amazing sale!!


Ugly Is Festive At Arc Thrift Stores

Arc Thrift Stores: The Best Place To Get Your “Ugly Christmas Sweater”


Never underestimate the charm and good cheer of a fabulous “Ugly Christmas Sweater.” These silly, sweet, and delightful sweaters – adorned with everything from baubles, beads, sparkles, Santas, elves, trees, angels, snowmen, and sometimes even blinking lights – have become a holiday tradition.

Don’t be the only one at the holiday party without one!! Arc Thrift Stores has the state’s largest selection of “Ugly Christmas Sweaters,” from the subtle to the bedazzled. And, at prices ranging from $4.99 to $19.99 (on most Ugly Sweaters), it will indeed be a MERRY THRIFT’MAS!!!

arcs and Crafts: More Holiday Wreaths!

By Julie White

Last year I found tons of beautiful vintage ornaments at ARC so I crafted some ornament wreaths for Christmas. I loved how they turned out:


I am continuing to make them this year but wanted to expand my repertoire with a more modern design. I’ve seen some really neat minimalist wreaths lately and decided to try my hand. Starting with a large, wooden embroidery hoop ($2.99 for a bag full of 5 of them at ARC), I wrapped just the bottom third in tinsel ($0.99 for a large bag of it at ARC). I wrapped it tightly around the hoop and secured both ends with hot glue.


Then came the fun part of deciding what to put on it. I looked through my vintage ornaments and Christmas ephemera from ARC; it was tough deciding between all of these fun guys ($1.99 for a whole bag full of little figurines).


I wanted to use some of these retro seventies ornaments, too:


In the end, I went with a tried and true elf and added a great vintage glass ornament right in the front.  Using my hot glue gun I secured each item until I ended up with this:


I like how it turned out with the minimalist style and how it can be used to highlight all kinds of fun holiday items. I made a few more with other themes, as well:



Such an easy way to expand your holiday décor collection. Happy thrifting and crafting!