The Salvation Army’s Designer Challenge

ARC Design Challenge

If reality TV is any sort of indicator, Americans love the idea of designing, remodeling, and creating, especially when it come to our homes! Well, instead of turning on your TV for the latest DIY episode, head to The Salvation Army.

In Orange County, California, The Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores are partnering with the local American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Student Chapter to host the Noah’s ARC Design Challenge (learn more on their Facebook page)!

Students from local interior design colleges will showcase their talents at 5 select Salvation Army Family Stores, demonstrating the art of incorporating donated (recycled) home furnishings into well-designed living spaces.

Each store will decorate a 12 x 12 area in the assigned genre of eclectic, mid-century modern, beachside, antique, or Mediterranean decorative styles.  There will be a friendly competition for best room design among the 4 designer teams, plus the room items will be sold by silent auction bid!  All proceeds benefit the Anaheim Adult Rehabilitative Center (ARC) program which provides free rehabilitation services for up to 140 men and 28 women at a time.

The designer rooms will be displayed April 10-April 24 with the silent auction taking place on Saturday, April 24, so if you’re in the area, you have 2 full weeks to take advantage of this opportunity to:

•    Discover new ideas for how to integrate thrift store items into your favorite home decor style
•    Learn about the latest trends and designer tips for decorating with recycled items
•    Meet the student designers at the stores on Saturday, April 10th
•    Participate in silent auction bid for unique and affordable room items

So take a glance at the list below and see which store(s) you want to visit as our aspiring young designers show off their creative prowess and reveal all the potential that lies within your home and our Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores’ aisles! And if you don’t live in the California area, we’ll let you know if similar events pop up elsewhere around the country!

Noah’s ARC Design Challenge Participating Salvation Army Stores:

•    Anaheim West (Eclectic Style)
3150 W Lincoln

•    Costa Mesa  (Mid-Century Modern Focus)
2126 Harbor Blvd.

•    Huntington Beach (Beachside Theme)
17362 Beach Blvd

•    Orange (Antique)
180 S Tustin

•    San Clemente  (Mediterranean Decorative)
2727 Via Cascadita

For additional store and donation information, visit, or call 1-800-SA-TRUCK.

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