Meet Gerta and Mark

Gerta and Mark have years of merchandising experience between them. Over the years this dynamic duo have become experts in purchasing new Halloween product for our arc Halloween shops. Buying for 28 stores can be a big challenge but Gerta and Mark have it all wired. Each year they visit Orlando and New Orleans, host cities of the two largest Halloween shows in the country. They rely on past store sales, their instinct, and the Halloween spirit to purchase the most trendy and unique costumes – for men, women, kids, and yes, even pets – on the market.

The best thing about costumes at arc is that you can mix the old with the new. Take a used dress from our ladies department and add brand new fairy wings and a wig to create a picture perfect magical sprite. Purchase gently used jeans and a t-shirt and become a zombie with the addition of new makeup, fake blood, and a new hat. Blending the gently loved items you can find at arc with the brand new Halloween accessories, makeup, and wigs that we sell during the season is a recipe for a one-of-a-kind Halloween costume sure to fright and delight!

Gerta and Mark truly make Halloween a unique and special shopping experience. Learn more this September by visiting your local arc Thrift Stores to build your very own Halloween masterpiece.

Melissa, 10, is an American Girl

We are so happy to share this video with you all about this sweet young lady.


Pennsylvania’s Melissa Shang, 10, is asking the toy company American Girl to make a doll for girls like her, with disabilities. Melissa has a form of muscular dystrophy and uses a wheelchair, and she credits the American Girl dolls with helping her to understand “what it’s like to be someone else.” Now, she wants other kids to understand what her life is like. In her petition, she writes:

Being a disabled girl is hard. Muscular Dystrophy prevents me from activities like running and ice-skating, and all the stuff that other girls take for granted. For once, I don’t want to be invisible or a side character that the main American Girl has to help: I want other girls to know what it’s like to be me, through a disabled American Girl’s story.

The company seems primed to listen. This year they added hearing aids and allergy-free lunches to their accessories list, furthering a mission to create empathy. Normalizing disabilities is a step we’d like to see taken. Go, Melissa Shang! Watch her video, above, and sign her petition here.

Lloyd Lewis

Lloyd Lewis

“When Lloyd Lewis goes to work as president and CEO of arc Thrift Stores, he is inspired every day by his son, Kennedy, who was born in 2003 with Down Syndrome.”  Read more of the great article written by Lynn Bronikowski of ColoradoBiz Magazine.  We are proud to have such a visionary leader captaining the arc Thrift Stores ship!