Best Of 2012: Thrift Store
Best Of 2012: Thrift Store: Infants/Children
Sure, your thrifted clothing was once hanging in someone else's closet. But remember the Velveteen Rabbit? That shabby rabbit became real because it was loved. And once you start shopping at thrift stores, it's hard to pay full price for a pair of jeans that are stiff and missing that lived-in, loved-in, broken-in quality. The Arc, with its well-stocked aisles of secondhand threads, has won in the Thrift Store category for seven years in a row, and the Infants/Children category both years it's been offered. If that's not enough of a reason to give it a shot, "All of the money generated is to fund our mission, which is supporting the individuals with cognitive and developmental disabilities," explains Erick Martinez, director of store operations. About 144 Arc employees statewide have a developmental disability, roughly 10 percent of the nonprofit's total workforce. — Darcie Mankell
Best Of 2010: Thrift Store
Insider Guide 2010
According to thrift-store mavens, Arc stores rate as the best in terms of selection and sale prices. The clothing, especially, tends to be of good quality. Sales support advocacy and services for kids and adults with developmental disabilities.
Best Thrift Store
The great thing about shopping at Arc is that in the rare case where you actually manage to spend too much money, and the moving truck arrives at your house with your new summer, spring, fall and winter wardrobes, plus the couch and loveseat, coffee table and dining set you picked up, and your spouse looks at you disapprovingly, there is an easy out. You weren't thinking of yourself. No. Of course not. You were being green by buying all this stuff used. And, and, Arc stores help fund Arc of the Pikes Peak Region, which advocates for people with developmental disabilities. Irresponsible? You're not irresponsible. You just have a tender heart. Like Mother Teresa. In a fabulous vintage jacket. — J. Adrian Stanley