Getting Organized at arc Thrift Stores

by Julie White

With the beginning of a new year comes a chance to start fresh and get organized. I have several little areas of my home that are constantly cluttered and I want to finally get them under control. I hit a few Arc Thrift stores for some furniture and organization inspiration!

I found this big bookcase at the first Arc I went to for only $9.99.

At the same store I found these two storage chests, $14.99 for both.

These looked great on the outside and had tons of storage inside. They’d be perfect to hold blankets or pushed together as a coffee table.

I ended up finding this little bookcase/record stand at the Arc Thrift store closest to my house for only $4.99! It needed a quick dusting but it was ideal for the storage that I needed.

I filled it with books and it tucked perfectly into a corner by a window. There were so many options at Arc Thrift stores and all of them were very affordable. I will definitely be heading back to Arc soon for more organizational projects.


Discover how arc Thrift Stores Buck- A – Bag Fundraiser supported Homeschool Etc.

By: Miranda Halverson

Did you know you could turn your donations into cash for your favorite nonprofit cause?  Not only can you help support arc Thrift Stores and our important mission of helping individuals living with an intellectual or developmental disability, but you can raise money for a cause that is near and dear to your own heart as well.

The fundraiser program is called “Buck a Bag”.  It is easy. Just bag and box up your unwanted household items and clothes. Schedule a pickup or drop off with me. Provide me with a copy of your nonprofit organization’s w9, and then receive a check within 2-4 weeks.  Easy peasy, right?

Over the past 7 years, arc Thrift Stores has given over 2 million dollars to local nonprofits through our fundraiser programs. This is an incredible opportunity that you should not miss out on. Homeschool Etc. ( can attest to the benefits of this amazing program. They have raised over a thousand dollars for school supplies for their kiddos.

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This is a wonderful time of year to schedule your first “Buck a Bag” fundraiser and to give back to arc Thrift Stores and your favorite nonprofit cause. Please contact me to schedule your first fundraiser.

Please call Miranda Halverson at 720.323.5079 to set up your own Buck-A-Bag Fundraiser.

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Thanksgiving at arc

In terms of decorations for holidays, Thanksgiving doesn’t always rank very highly on the list. However, a Thanksgiving centerpiece is always great in the middle of the dining table. I found some great options at arc thrift this week for turkey and fall-themed centerpieces.

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My favorite option for the table is this blue mason jar ($1.99 at arc) filled with fall-themed floral picks ($2.99 for a whole bag of them).

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The floral picks have mini pumpkins on them, gourds, leaves and fruit. The bright fall colors look really great with the blue glass.

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Another funky option I found is this giant ceramic turkey dish ($4.99 at arc thrift).

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It’s super kitschy and fun, and the top lifts off so that it can be filled.

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Anything fall-themed would look great inside but I think I’m going to fill the whole thing with buckeyes or nuts in their shells.

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There are so many options at arc thrift stores right now that you’ll definitely be able to find something to fit your individual style and brighten up your holiday table on Thursday.

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Halloween is for the Dogs!

By Julie White

Halloween is not just for humans. Unfortunately for Darla, it is also for pets. I shopped for my very unwilling model at arc Thrift Stores and found some awesome costumes. There were tons of options at the store I went to so I had plenty to choose from.

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My favorite arc Thrift Stores costume find was the Broncos shirt, although it was definitely her least favorite because it had to go over both of her front paws. She was not a happy camper.

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I also loved the clown costume and it was very easy to put on since it was just around her neck and on her head.

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She didn’t seem to mind the turtle shell too much, although if looks could kill I would definitely not be alive after this photo shoot.

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I found all of these costumes at one arc Thrift Stores and they were each $3.99 or less. Let the pet costuming begin!

arcs and Crafts

by Julie White

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I’m so excited for fall that I’ve started noticing autumn-related things more and more. Recently I saw some leaf-shaped wooden bowls at an Arc Thrift Store and decided they’d be perfect for some crafting with friends. The smaller leaf bowls each cost $0.99 or $1.99 and the largest was only $3.99. I purchased some other wooden bowls and receptacles so that everyone had choices in what they were making.

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I have tons of acrylic paints that I’d like to use up and decided that this would be a great project to use them on. I wiped down each wood piece to get off any dust and then everyone picked the one they were interested in painting.

We all started by taping off different sections of our bowls or trays in order to create color-blocking sections for the paints. Some of us created tons of tape divided sections while others chose to only make a couple, keeping in mind that anywhere we had tape would be bare wood when we pulled it off.

Once we had things sectioned off we picked our colors and started painting. We tried to pick complimentary colors both to each other and to the wood itself.

After painting we slowly removed the tape while the paint was still wet in order to avoid dried bits on the edges from falling into wet spots and messing up the designs.

If we wanted to add more color blocks we waited until the sections dried and then taped off another section before painting a different color.

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I sprayed each item with a glossy sealant once they were dry in order to protect the designs from chipping. The dishes are not food safe but they will definitely end up holding keys, chapsticks, mail, etc.

This was a very simple craft that had beautiful results.

arcs and Crafts

By Julie White

I’ve seen examples online of people using wire inside of empty frames in order to hang pictures, so when I found a piece of chicken wire in my driveway (thanks to the construction site next door) I decided I’d try making one of my own. I bought a framed painting at arc for only $2.99 and emptied it so I was left with just the frame.Picture1

I wanted to leave the frame as-is so I decided to spray-paint the chicken wire to add some color.


I laid out the wire over the frame so that I knew what size I needed in order for it to fit inside.


Using a wire cutter I cut it down to the right dimensions


and fit the wire, wrong side up, into the back of the frame.


Once I had the chicken wire in the correct spot I stapled around the edges of the back side to secure it to the frame.


I also lightly stapled in one staple higher up on the back that I could use to hang the frame from a nail on a wall.


Right side up, it looks great with the turquoise wire inside!


I hung pictures on it with tiny clothespins


and also used it to hang up some vintage fishing lures.


I really like how it turned out, though I wish I’d used a larger frame so I had space to hang more pictures. The fact that it only cost me $2.99, thanks to arc, was a pretty sweet deal.

I was framed at arc!

Just kidding I wasn’t “framed”, but I do buy all of my frames at arc Thrift Stores. arc Stores always have TONS of picture frames.

Every store location that I’ve ever been in (and that’s a lot of them), has shelves upon shelves of frames. There are giant wall frames and teeny, tabletop photo frames. Some come with art inside them and others are empty.

As a thrifter, I never buy frames new when I have such a wide variety of affordable options to choose from at arc. However, if frames aren’t your thing and you’re looking for more creative ways to hang your photos or artwork, arc can help with that, too.

I used this wooden hanger from an arc thrift store ($1.99 for 3) to hang a piece of vintage dictionary art.

I’ve also used clipboards to hang photos and art, as well. arc Thrift offers tons of frame and frame-alternative options for however creative you want to be in your home.