OH MY GD USA!
Buffalo Exchange's Holiday card won in the announcements, invitations and cards category in GD USA's American Graphic Design Awards 2011, published in December 2011: "Nothing less than a display of first-rate work produced by professionals who are smart, talented, imaginative, innovative, solutions-oriented and entrepreneurial... generating the kind of creative energy that pushes limits, opens opportunities, drives growth... roughly 1,000 pieces are displayed... the creamhttp://www.gdusa.com/contests/agda11/types/se.php?x=ANC294 of a competition that drew over 9,000 entries."
Tucson Weekly published a book review on The Way of the Buffalo by Spencer Block, one of the founders of Buffalo Exchange, in "On Buffalo Wings," Nov. 17, 2011: "The late Spencer Block details the history of the clothing-exchange chain that was born here in Tucson... Every city has parts of its heritage that earn it recognition throughout the country[, including] retail establishments... So it's about time that Buffalo Exchange has its own history told. Spencer's book... gives readers an intimate peek into the lives of the store's co-founders... The Way of the Buffalo... finally published this year as a hodgepodge of advice, stories, observations, opinions and even poetry. Kerstin and her daughter went through his typed-out ramblings and edited them into a quite readable -- in fact, delightful -- history of the store." The Way of the Buffalo is available at your local Buffalo Exchange and on Amazon for $10. Also available on Kindle and NOOK. See preview.
THE WASHINGTON POST: "A FAVORITE OF HIPSTERS"
The Washington Post featured Buffalo Exchange in “Thrift store Buffalo Exchange to open location in D.C.” on Nov. 6, 2011: “There are bound to be items in your closet that no longer jibe with your look – a velvet blazer, snakeskin wingtips or maybe those beloved acid-washed jeans from junior high. But soon after the first of the year, you will have a new option for what to do with those no-longer-needed items when Buffalo Exchange, a national chain of thrift stores, opens… The Tucson-based company offers cash on the spot, unlike consignment shops, for clothing and accessories, or invites customers to trade former favorites for new or new-to-you merchandise… A favorite of hipsters, Buffalo Exchange stores are often located in up-and-coming urban neighborhoods, like 14th Street Northwest… Buffalo Exchange is one of the largest for-profit chains in the resale business.”
BEST OF NEW YORK CITY!
The Village Voice named Buffalo Exchange Best Used Clothing Store in the Best of NYC 2011 on Oct. 20, 2011: "We just can't tear ourselves away from Buffalo Exchange. The resale chain has numerous shops spread across 15 states (if you're ever in Seattle, that one rocks), and their outposts in the East Village, Williamsburg, and Chelsea are transformative experiences. The broad stores are neatly organized by genre and clothing category, but the plethora of styles and quality (from uppity designers to Forever 21 castoffs) are encouraging to sartorial creativity: Try not to plan entire closetfuls of new outfits as you scan the racks."
INK IN INC. 5000
A four-time Inc. 5000 honoree, Buffalo Exchange earned the position of 4,045 and a retail industry rank of 174 in the 2011 Inc. 5000, Inc. magazine's annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America, Sep issue. According to Inc., "more than ever, this year's list is a testament to the creativity, resilience, and tenacity of America's top entrepreneurs." Buffalo Exchange is listed for a 3-year growth of 31%. The Inc. 5000, an extension of Inc. magazine's annual Inc. 500 list, recognizes the most dynamic, growing entrepreneurial companies that are changing the business landscape. Companies are ranked according to the percentage growth of their revenue.
ONE OF "PERRY’S FAVE CALI PLACES"
All About Katy Perry, a special collector’s issue released by Us Weekly on Jul 1, 2011, recommends Buffalo Exchange in “Katy’s California: West Side Story! Perry’s Fave Cali Places,” p. 48: “Buffalo Exchange: ‘I was a big fan of selling my clothes here back when I was trying to get by!’ she tells Us.”
Buffalo Exchange won an advertising award in Graphic Design USA Magazine's American Inhouse Design Awards, July/August 2011 issue. The award was given for Buffalo Exchange’s magazine ad. There were 4,500+ entries in this year’s program nationwide, "the premier showcase for outstanding work by inhouse designers." This is Buffalo Exchange’s eighth year designing in-house; the team is composed of Michelle L. Livingston, creative direction, and Kristin L. Welk, graphic design.
SEVENTEEN: "PLENTY OF HIDDEN TREASURES AT AMAZING PRICES"
The Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Style: How to Find Your Perfect Look by the editors of Seventeen Magazine hit stores during the week of Jul 4, 2011, recommending Buffalo Exchange. In Chapter Six, the Indie section, as Seventeen editor Marissa Grumer tells us, "Buffalo Exchange has a prominent in-book mention as must-go-to destination for our readers to shop," p. 141: "Shop Indie. Hit these go-to spots for all your fun staples! ...Buffalo Exchange. You'll find plenty of hidden treasures at amazing prices at this hip thrift-store chain. Not only will you look good, you'll feel food knowing that the store recycles its clothing."
GOOD MORNING AMERICA SELLS TO THE BROOKLYN BUFFALO EXCHANGE
Good Morning America featured Buffalo Exchange in "Unclaimed Cash on 'GMA': Three Women Clean Their Closets In Hopes of a Cash Payoff" on Jul 5, 2011: "Those underused, overstuffed closets could be turned around from clothes chaos into cash for you... Bearing bags and bags of clothes pulled from the closets of our three challenge contestants, we arrived at the front door of the New York outpost of Buffalo Exchange, one of the country's biggest 'buy-sell-trade' chains. Bree Turnier,the manager of the Buffalo Exchange store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, told 'GMA' the chain looks for the three 'Cs' of clean, current and good condition when deciding which items to buy and determining their value... The money that 'GMA's' three closet contestants took home with them that day from Buffalo Exchange alone range up to more than $200, including $153 for Breck's designer duds, $52 for Cavrell's sentimental clothes and $46 for Tharp's power suits... Watch current trends. Places like Buffalo Exchange and eBay want what's hot now- bright colors, neutrals, patterns and slim cuts, for example."
ELLE MAGAZINE REPURPOSES BUFFALO EXCHANGE FINDS
Elle Magazine shopped Buffalo Exchange in "Style A to Zee: Second Life" July 2011 issue, Slip Up: "Who says your new look has to be, well, new? With a little ingenuity (and the help of an ace tailor), Creative Director Joe Zee pillages vintage stores, boys’ departments—even his assistant’s closet—to reinvent already-loved treasures... Found at: Buffalo Exchange, NYC. Price: $5 apiece. Maybe you’ve got slips left over from the Courtney Love era; or maybe you collect them because you can’t resist the beauty of vintage lingerie. If the darting is too high or too low, or the shape too roomy, don’t hesitate to have underpinnings tailored too. How I Styled It: Antonio [Marquez, 'tailor extraordinaire'] integrated the ruffles and bodices to create one easy, flirty dress. Pair it with a classic, slightly more downtown denim jacket, and you’re good to go."
MOTHER NATURE NETWORK: "THE STOCK COMES FROM ECO-FASHIONISTAS JUST LIKE YOU"
Mother Nature Network featured Buffalo Exchange in “Go pre-loved for spring fashions,” syndicated by Green LA Girl in “Buffalo Exchange: New pre-loved fashion store in Santa Monica,” both on May 11, 2011. MNN writes: “MNN’s lifestyle blogger likes to save money and the environment by shopping at pre-loved fashion stores -- that both buy and sell clothing. Want to shop for greener, affordable pre-loved fashions -- but don’t have the patience to dig through the disorganized piles...? Stop by one of the more stylish recycled fashion stores like Buffalo Exchange... After all, the stock comes from eco-fashionistas just like you. Store employees with an eye for fashion curate these once-loved-pieces, buying them back if they seem cute enough to attract another wearer... The green aspects of reusing clothes really appeals to [me], but honestly, the prospect of saving green by avoiding retail prices appeals to me even more.”
BEST FASHION SHOP IN TREEHUGGER'S BEST OF GREEN!
TreeHugger.com named Buffalo Exchange "Best Fashion Shop" in their Best of Green on Apr 4, 2011: "When you have no budget for new clothes and want wearable, yet stylish, clothing on the fly, Buffalo Exchange is a one-stop-shop... The inventory, constantly changing, is carefully curated by Buffalo Exchange's skilled buyers. Plus, when shoppers bring their own bags, Buffalo Exchange donates five cents to a charity of the customer's choice."
NATE BERKUS SHOW: "ONE OF MY FAVORITE SECONDHAND STORES"
Photo: The Nate Berkus Show
The Nate Berkus Show recommended Buffalo Exchange in “Cheap Chic Tips from the Cheap Chica” on Feb 22, 2011 at 9 am, syndicated on national TV. In a “bank or bargain” segment with Lilliana Vazquez of The Cheap Chica’s Guide to Style, both the studio audience and people modeling the clothing mistook the bargain look (totaling $105.93) for bank (which cost $7,746). Lilliana said the expensive-looking bargain look included “Nicolette’s dress [for] $16. Wow. And I was able to find this at one of my favorite secondhand stores, Buffalo Exchange. You have tons of consignment. That’s across the country, Buffalo Exchange.” 12-minute segment.
DESIGNING WOMEN GET A GOLD ADDY FOR GREETING CARD
Buffalo Exchange won a Gold ADDY award, plus six Silver ADDYs, from American Advertising Federation Tucson on Feb 19, 2011. A Gold ADDY was awarded for our Holiday greeting card celebrating our East Village store in New York City, and we won Silver for our newspaper and magazine ads. This is Buffalo Exchange’s eighth year designing in-house; the team is composed of Michelle L. Livingston, creative direction, and Kristin L. Welk and Cynthia Rhea, graphic design. They have won a total of four Gold, twenty Silver and twelve Bronze ADDYs for Buffalo Exchange. The ADDYs are the advertising industry's largest and most representative competition, recognizing and rewarding creative excellence in the art of advertising. A Gold ADDY is recognition of the highest level of creative excellence and is judged to be superior to all other entries in the competition.
WHERE GUESTBOOK: "FOR THE DEAL-ADDICTED FASHIONISTA"
Where Guestbook Tucson features us in "The Way of the Buffalo," Jan 2011: "Tucson-based retailer of selectively recycled fashion, Buffalo Exchange is family-owned, eco-conscious and poised to keep on growing. For the deal-addicted fashionista, nothing compares to the thrill of an outrageously good buy... At Tucson's famed Buffalo Exchange, the scenario is repeated countless times every day... Block is largely credited with bringing 'green' out of the closet... Block, who runs the company from Tucson with her daughter, Rebecca, has won several awards for entrepreneurial excellence, social responsibility and community giveback."
WE LOVE YOU TOO, SEVENTEEN!
Bebe, a 17-year-old from Las Vegas and a Seventeen Magazine "new style crush" lists Buffalo Exchange as a store she hearts, Her Style section, Feb 2011 issue: "You know that creative girl who always pushes the envelope? ...She's spilling her secrets so you can be fashion-fearless too." Bebe recommends shopping vintage and her blog is Fated to Be Hated.
One of Buffalo Exchange's promotional campaigns is among 89 winning designs in HOW Magazine's In-House Design Awards, p. 64, Jan 2011 issue: "To promote its 35th anniversary, Buffalo Exchange needed to create a stand-alone logo for giveaways that conveyed the store's alternative mindset and key traits: an environmentally conscious buy-sell-trade clothing store. The creative solution involved tattoo-style details with maximum graphic impact." Our "Desde 1974 35th Anniversary Promotional Campaign" won a Merit award. HOW spotlights "the very best work from designers in top corporations, organizations and associations."
'LUCKY GIRL' STOCKS HER CLOSET WITH OUR DISCOUNT BUYS
In the December 2010 issue of Lucky Magazine 'Lucky Girl' Toyah Attwell, editor of New Zealand-based teen site 247girl.co.nz, shops at the Brooklyn Buffalo Exchange. Toyah "stocks her closet with discount buys from gilt.com, Buffalo Exchange, and flea markets to balance out her more luxurious finds." Style Spy section, p. 172.
ELLE MAGAZINE LOOK: "ALL SECOND HAND FROM BUFFALO EXCHANGE”
Elle Magazine’s Street Chic blog mentions Buffalo Exchange in “Texas Heat” in a photo of student Jennifer Folch at the Austin City Limits festival, Oct 14, 2010: “What: Dress the part of a hippie music festival in a bandeau top and peasant skirt. Wear: all second hand from Buffalo Exchange.”
OH MY GD USA!
BuffaloExchange.com is a winner for Internet Design in GD USA's American Graphic Design Awards 2010, published in December, p. 174: "These are professionals who have produced work that is... fluent, direct and intelligent in promoting the brand and communicating the message. Who use this venue to assert the value effective graphic design brings to business, to society, to the marketplace of ideas... This year, roughly 1,000 pieces are showcased... from among a remarkable 9,000-plus entries."
OC PEOPLE'S CHOICE FOR BEST VINTAGE CLOTHING
The Orange County Register named Buffalo Exchange Best Vintage Clothing in the People's Choice, Best of Orange County 2010 on Sep 24: “Why they’re No. 1: Fullerton store manager Amy Teran credits the diverse inventory, the fun atmosphere and the high standard of customer service... Fan favorite: ‘It has the best vintage clothing I have seen at very low prices and other types of clothing too.’ ...Fun fact: The Fullerton store once priced and sold an outfit worn by one of Mariah Carey’s backup dancers during her Dynasty tour.’”
BEST RESALE CLOTHING IN TUCSON: "WALLET-FRIENDLY PRICES"
Readers of Tucson Weekly voted Buffalo Exchange Best Resale/Vintage Clothing, Readers' Choice, Best of Tucson 2010 on Sep 23: “It’s next to impossible to leave Buffalo Exchange without finding something like a killer pair of boots or a vintage dress that you didn’t know you needed, but now can’t live without... that’s just how good the selection is... Wallet-friendly prices mean you can stay in style without breaking the bank. This locally owned company with stores around the country started right here in the Old Pueblo back in 1974!”
NEW YORK MAGAZINE: "GREAT THRIFT AND RESALE STORE"
In New York Magazine’s article, “Anne Christensen Developed Her Style at Buffalo Exchange,” Glamour’s executive fashion director recalled, “In college, I worked in a great thrift and resale store called Buffalo Exchange -- the original was in Tucson, but they opened one here on 11th Street about a year ago. I did the window displays, helped buy clothes, and had a great vintage wardrobe.” Christensen's experience at Buffalo Exchange helped her realize she wanted a career in fashion (Sep 21, 2010).
INKED MAGAZINE: "A DOPE SECONDHAND STORE"
Inked magazine recommends Buffalo Exchange in "Kid's Clothes," Sep 2010 issue, pp. 42-49: "Kid Cudi has a new album and a fresh-old look. We go vintage shopping with the rap and style impresario... He eschews the marbled shopping palaces of Fifth Avenue for the humble coat hangers of vintage shops downtown; with Cudi, everything that is old can be fashion-forward. The first destination is a dope secondhand store, Buffalo Exchange -- the Wild West of the East Village, where the hip fight each other to snatch a treasurable item from someone else's castoffs. The shop houses everything from beat-up combat boots to preppy polos, leaving patrons to wonder whether their purchase was the jewel of someone's closet or a freebie T-shirt from a company picnic. Either way, every article is fit for a good home." Kid Cudi is pictured shopping inside our store and wearing a vintage Pabst Blue Ribbon T-shirt and vintage Vans sneakers from Buffalo Exchange in New York City.
OUR PRESIDENT, AN ATHENA AWARD FINALIST!
Kerstin Block, president of Buffalo Exchange, was named one of five ATHENA award finalists on Aug 26, 2010, in Tucson at an event presented by the Arizona Small Business Association. The ATHENA Award is the most prestigious recognition a successful woman in business can receive... bestowed upon an exceptional woman who has achieved and embodies the highest level of professional excellence[,] has devoted time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community through volunteer efforts; and actively assists and mentors women in realizing their full leadership potential.
BOSTON GLOBE'S "SECOND-HAND GOLD"
The Boston Globe includes Buffalo Exchange in “Second-hand gold: Down economy, rising interest in recycling mean big business for expanding resale stores” on Jul 28, 2010: “The increased interest in saving money and rising awareness of the environmental benefits of reusing products, combined with a growing trend away from conspicuous consumption, are adding up to big business for resale shops... But all the new competition doesn’t worry Kerstin Block, president of the Arizona-based resale clothing company Buffalo Exchange. The company, which specializes in eclectic fashion, has been opening a few stores a year, including one in Somerville in October, and has seen its revenues climb steadily."
BUFFALO EXCHANGE ROCKS THE INHOUSE
Buffalo Exchange won three awards in Graphic Design USA Magazine's American Inhouse Design Awards, July/August 2010 issue. Two awards in the sales promotion + sales kits category were given, for Buffalo Exchange's 1974 tee and BuffaloExchange.com. An award in the brochures + collateral category was given for Buffalo Exchange’s 35th anniversary campaign. There were 4,500+ entries in this year’s program nationwide. Fewer than 400 departments were “being honored for outstanding work in an extremely competitive environment,” according to GD USA. This awards program is the “premier showcase for the outstanding, and too often underappreciated, work of inhouse design departments at America’s great companies and institutions.” This is Buffalo Exchange’s seventh year designing in-house; the team is composed of Michelle L. Livingston, creative direction, and Kristin L. Welk, graphic design.
WE'VE GOT IT READYMADE!
ReadyMade magazine includes Buffalo Exchange in "Place Setting: Tucson, Arizona," June/July 2010 issue, p. 32: "The city is... at the vanguard of sustainable living... And many of the shops downtown overflow with locally crafted, vintage, and restyled wares. The resale movement is believed to have originated in Tucson in the 1970s: The very first Buffalo Exchange, where you can buy, sell, and trade clothes, sits just blocks away from Bookmans Entertainment Exchange... Is it the desert that keeps luring the freethinkers?"
INK IN INC. 5000
Buffalo Exchange has earned the position of 3,850 and an industry rank of 180 on the 2010 Inc. 5000, Inc. magazine's annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America, Sep issue. We were also profiled in Inc.'s "The Clean-up Crew" on Aug 24: "A number of today's fastest-growing companies are helping consumers to undo the bad choices they made when they felt richer... Used and vintage clothing stores are also blossoming all over the country as more and more shoppers embrace them for being both sustainable and economical. Buffalo Exchange... was a pioneer in the industry... and it keeps growing every year." According to Inc., "more than ever, this year's list is a testament to the creativity, resilience, and tenacity of America's top entrepreneurs." Previously Buffalo Exchange is listed for a 3-year growth of 37%. The Inc. 5,000, an extension of Inc. magazine's annual Inc. 500 list, recognizes the most dynamic, growing entrepreneurial companies that are changing the business landscape. Companies are ranked according to the percentage growth of their revenue.
WOMAN'S DAY: "TRENDY CLOTHES AND CLOSET STAPLES"
Woman's Day magazine recommends Buffalo Exchange in "How to Be Stylish for Pennies: Learn how to find name brands and designer labels at a fraction of the retail price" on Apr 17, 2010: "Consignment store shopping is having a heyday... in the past year both new stock and new customers have increased dramatically. In this economy, that’s no surprise... Consignment Store Chains We Like. Buffalo Exchange: Buy-sell-trade stores that specialize in trendy clothes and closet staples."
Lucky Magazine profiles Buffalo Exchange employee Sarah Zoraster in the April 2010 issue, page 102 in Beauty Spy, Insider's Picks: "We literally stalked Sarah Zoraster through a store (the vintage clothing boutique Buffalo Exchange in New York, where she works) and interrogated her on how she creates her effortlessly cool city-girl look. 'I'm actually not super-good at makeup!' she laughs (we only half-believe her). 'I look for stuff that's really, really easy to use and doesn't need a lot of upkeep.'" Sarah's nail color of the moment? "Sephora by OPI Nail Colour in I'm With Brad: 'Lately I'm in love with this color. It's like the deepest red you can imagine - almost black, until you look closely.' $9, Sephora.com."
WSJ PROFILE: "HALF OF MY JEANS ARE FROM... BUFFALO EXCHANGE"
Wall Street Journal’s WSJ Magazine mentions Buffalo Exchange in their fashion & style article “Peak Performance” on Mar 11, 2010: “Jullian Illingworth - squash player, 26... lives in New York... Style: ‘I’m a jeans and T-shirt guy. At least half of my jeans are from small secondhand stores like Buffalo Exchange in Portland.’”
THE BOSTON GLOBE: "BEST OF THE NEW: SHOPPING"
Editors of Boston Globe Magazine recommend the Somerville Buffalo Exchange in "Best of the New: Shopping" on Jan 31, 2010: "Vintage, consignment, and thrift stores are blossoming in the Boston area. The first New England location for this hipster resale chain, the Davis Square branch opened with inventory from 11 of the 39 stores nationwide. It's fully stocked, with a high turnover that ensures fresh finds."
HOW TO BE AN EVERYDAY PHILANTHROPIST
The paperback, How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist: 330 Ways to Make a Difference in Your Home, Community, and World - at No Cost!, includes Buffalo Exchange and Coats for Cubs in the ‘Use Your Belongings’ section, p. 79, published Nov 12, 2009 and being distributed in spring 2010: "Donate Fur... For the past four years, HSUS has partnered with the national retail chain Buffalo Exchange (buffaloexchange.com) to collect furs at their thirty-six stores between November 1 and April 22.”
TODAY SHOW: TURN "GENTLY USED CLOTHING INTO COLD HARD CASH"
On the TODAY Show's "Turn closet castoffs into cash," on NBC on Jan 26, 2010, two women sell their clothes to the Westheimer Buffalo Exchange in Houston: "The women have come to Buffalo Exchange, a hip thrift store with locations across the country, to turn their gently used clothing into cold hard cash." On TODAY's "New Year, New You."
DESIGNING WOMEN GET A GOLD ADDY FOR BUFFALOEXCHANGE.COM
Buffalo Exchange won a Gold ADDY award, plus five Silver and two Bronze ADDYs, from the American Advertising Federation Tucson on Feb 20, 2010. A Gold ADDY was awarded for our newly revamped site at www.buffaloexchange.com, and we won Silver for our Halloween and black-and-white newspaper ads and our '1974' deep-V tees. This is Buffalo Exchange’s seventh year designing in-house; the team is composed of Michelle L. Livingston, creative direction, and Kristin L. Welk, graphic design. They have won a total of three Gold, fourteen Silver and twelve Bronze ADDYs for Buffalo Exchange. The ADDYs are the advertising industry's largest and most representative competition, recognizing and rewarding creative excellence in the art of advertising. 48 out of 403 entries were awarded Gold this year in Tucson. A Gold ADDY is recognition of the highest level of creative excellence and is judged to be superior to all other entries in the competition.
TWILIGHT STAR KELLAN LUTZ: "I LOVE BUFFALO EXCHANGE"
The Jay Leno Show on NBC National TV mentioned Buffalo Exchange on Nov 20, 2009 at 10 pm. Twilight star Kellan Lutz, guest, says, “You know, I love Buffalo Exchange here in L.A. Because it reminds me of my mother, who was a genius, and she pounded in our heads that thrift stores were the cool places to shop.”
BUFFALO EXCHANGE OWNER RECEIVES ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARD
Buffalo Exchange president Kerstin Block was awarded the Thomas R. Brown Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award for exceptional standards and contributions to community good through exemplary entrepreneurial leadership on Nov 5, 2009 at the IdeaFunding luncheon in Tucson. Sherry Hoskinson, University of Arizona Director for the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship, congratulated Kerstin: "I speak on behalf of the entire award and IdeaFunding committee in expressing our excitement that you will join this list of entrepreneurs that have contributed so richly to this region and far beyond with vision, innovation and leadership."
CHAIN STORE AGE: "SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IS PART OF THE COMPANY'S DNA"
Chain Store Age features Buffalo Exchange president Kerstin Block in “Honoring Excellence: Retail innovators celebrated in annual awards program,” Dec issue: “Entrepreneurs of the Year: Chain Store Age salutes the [six regional] 2009 retail-category winners of the annual Ernst & Young competition... awards are given to entrepreneurs across a variety of industries who demonstrate extraordinary success in the areas of innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their business and communities... When Buffalo Exchange first opened for business, resale shopping carried a stigma. Block has been a pioneer in reversing this trend... Buffalo Exchange offers an attractive, boutique-like environment. Its newest location, a 2,780-sq.-ft. store in Somerville, Mass., is spacious and bright, with comfortable dressing rooms. Buffalo Exchange puts a premium on current styles and emphasizes quality, fashionable items for men and women... Block is a staunch advocate of giving back to the community, and social responsibility is part of the company’s DNA.”
STYLE NETWORK: "GREAT PLACE TO FIND SECONDHAND FASHIONS"
Style Network’s “The Look for Less” shopped at Buffalo Exchange on La Brea in Los Angeles, airing on Sep 10, 2009 at 3 pm, 3 minutes: ”We had some success at Target. But we still need to find that romper. So we headed around the corner to one of our favorite vintage resale stores, Buffalo Exchange. It’s a great place to find secondhand fashions at dirt-cheap prices. There’s all kinds of cool stuff here.”
THE NEW YORK TIMES: "BARGAINS ABOUND FOR THE FRUGAL FASHIONISTA"
The New York Times mentions Buffalo Exchange in the travel piece, “Bargains Abound for the Frugal Fashionista” on Sep 9, 2009: “Expensive fashion, which plundered the bank accounts (and, more often, credit lines) of New Yorkers just a few years back, is on the wane... For some of us, however, a resistance to paying full price is the normal state of affairs. For as long as nice clothes have been expensive (which is to say forever), New Yorkers have found ways to get high-end looks for less. The strategies are well-known: Shop at Century, 21, the discount designer department store. Scour vintage stores (Buffalo Exchange, Beacon’s Closet), and raid consignment shops (Ina, Tokio 7)... Finding the best deals provokes serious competition among shoppers."
RECOMMENDED BY U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT
U.S. News & World Report recommends Buffalo Exchange in “5 Ways to Green Your Fall Clothes Shopping” on Sep 3, 2009: “Here’s how to update your look, save money, and be mindful of the environment... 2. Hunt for treasures in consignment stores, thrift stores, garage sales and the Salvation Army, where, with a little time and effort, you can find pre-worn clothing for major bargains... Other good places to look: the slightly more upscale chains Plato’s Closet and Buffalo Exchange.”
GOOD MORNING AMERICA, HELLO BACK-TO-SCHOOL
Good Morning America recommends Buffalo Exchange in "Back to School Shopping Without Spending A Dime" on Aug 12, 2009: "Imagine now if your kids could get a wardrobe - or at least a couple outfits - that's new to them, without costing you a penny? It's not a fantasy, thanks to consignment and exchange shops... Find a shop in your area that buys or trades gently worn clothing. Buffalo Exchange has 36 shops nationwide." In the segment, teen seller-shoppers head toward "Buffalo Exchange, a consignment store filled to the brim with cheap but trendy secondhand clothes."
SHOPSMART: "PACKED WITH COOL DESIGNER FINDS"
ShopSmart magazine recommends Buffalo Exchange in “Recycling your clothes” on Aug 3, 2009: “Buffalo Exchange is... packed with cool designer finds and one-of-a-kind vintage pieces at bargain prices... Here’s why it’s so cool: You can trade for clothing or accessories - no cash needed. Really. They’re all about reusing and recycling - they call it guilt-free fashion. You go in with a shirt you’re not wearing anymore, say, and you can trade it (or sell it) for someone else’s former favorite. Simple! Not only that the company has a good conscience... So clean out your closet and go recycling!”
BUFFALO EXCHANGE ROCKS THE INHOUSE!
Buffalo Exchange is a winner in Graphic Design USA Magazine's American Inhouse Design Awards, July 2009 issue. An award in the advertising category was given for Buffalo Exchange’s Guilt-Free Fashion Newspaper Ad Campaign, the only Arizona winner published out of 27 winners in advertising. There were 4,000+ entries in this year’s program nationwide. Fewer than 400 departments were “being honored for outstanding work in an extremely competitive environment,” according to GD USA. This awards program is the “premier showcase for the outstanding, and too often underappreciated, work of inhouse design departments at America’s great companies and institutions.” This is Buffalo Exchange’s sixth year designing in-house; the team is composed of Michelle L. Livingston, creative direction, and Kristin L. Welk, graphic design.
BUFFALO EXCHANGE OWNER IS A REGIONAL ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Ernst & Young LLP named Kerstin Block, president and co-owner of Buffalo Exchange, as a 2009 Regional Entrepreneur of the Year, Retail/Consumer Products category, on Jun 11, 2009 in Irvine. Kerstin is the only female recipient and the only Tucson business owner out of seven winners in the Orange County/Desert Cities region. All winners were from Southern California except for Kerstin Block and Todd Davis of Tempe. Awards are given to entrepreneurs who demonstrate extraordinary success in the areas of innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Winners were selected by an independent judging panel of regional business and community leaders. Regional award recipients are eligible for national honors at Ernst & Young’s Strategic Growth Forum Nov 14 in Palm Springs. Ernst & Young presents the awards in more than 135 cities in 50 countries.
KATY PERRY IN US WEEKLY: "BIG FAN OF BUFFALO EXCHANGE"
In Us Weekly's Hot Hollywood STYLE section, "Katy Perry: The Playful Pinup," Apr 27, 2009 issue, p. 69, Katy says: "Back when I was still trying to get by, I was a big fan of Buffalo Exchange [consignment stores]."
CNN IREPORT: "THRIFTY FINDS"
CNN’s iReport's Road to Rescue: The CNN Survival Guide, “Thrifty and Thriving: iReport economy challenge” recommends Buffalo Exchange in “Thrifty Finds” on Mar 17, 2009: “CNN iReporters are talking about how they are saving money on clothes from thrift stores. iReporter Chris Morrow went to a consignment store called Buffalo Exchange." A shopper in Hillcrest, San Diego, says he found clothes from Nordstrom and Bloomingdales at our store.
BUFFALO EXCHANGE OWNER WINS MÖDA AWARD
Kerstin wins the Cele Peterson Award
Buffalo Exchange’s Kerstin Block was honored with the Cele Peterson Award by the Southern Arizona Aids Foundation at the fashion show benefit Möda Provŏcateûr in Tucson on Mar 8, 2009. Kerstin was selected for her contributions to the local fashion community since 1974. “Kerstin is a smart, inspiring and enterprising business woman” says Kevin Casey, the founder of Möda, and owner of Avalon for Hair, Skin and Nails.
TEEN VOGUE BLOGGER: "PRICES ARE CHEAPER"
Teen Vogue includes Buffalo Exchange in “Shirin’s Guide to Vintage Shopping in New York,” an intern blogger article on Feb 24, 2009: “We spent the weekend combing through some of New York City’s best vintage stores, clustered primarily in Nolita and the East Village... Buffalo Exchange - located just next door to Tokyo Joe, this store is... popular... with locations all over the United States (and another location in Brooklyn). As the selection is large and the stores are highly trafficked, there is a lot to go through... the potential for a good find exists and the prices are cheaper than those of its counterparts.”
TEEN VOGUE WRITER: "I LOVE BUFFALO EXCHANGE"
Teen Vogue recommends Buffalo Exchange under “Contributors: Up close and personal with the Teen Vogue Team,” Feb 2009 issue. Angela Wu’s answer to the reader question “Where do you find affordable and stylish clothes?” is: “I love Buffalo Exchange stores - it’s like trading closets with a friend who has really good style.” Angela, 17, is a student and aspiring writer.
ONE OF 40 UNDER 40
Chain Store Age magazine named Buffalo Exchange number 28 in “Forty Under 40: Small Chains Flourish,” cover story of Jan 2009 issue: “In a tough market, retailers with 40 or few stores continue to grow... This list is a ranking of the 40 fastest-growing retail chains with 40 or fewer locations. The ranking is based on the year-to-year sales growth of each company for its last two completed fiscal years... The fashions are always stylish, if second-hand, at Buffalo Exchange Ltd., a resale chain that is finding a growing audience for its mix of trendy, brand-name apparel, shoes and accessories... Celebrating its 35th anniversary this month, Buffalo Exchange offers the ultimate in resale retail. The stores provide a fashion mecca where consumers can not only buy vintage clothing, but also can bring their own apparel... for trade or cash on the spot... In the current economy, a retail store that allows consumers to make money as well as purchase quality product at discounted prices is a winning model. It helps that fashionistas of all ages and income brackets are embracing frugality with a newfound zeal.” Kerstin is quoted “People are getting rid of clothes like they are going out of style and cash is king.”
CNNMONEY.COM WRITES ON "BUFFALO EXCHANGE'S CONTINUING SUCCESS"
CNNMoney.com profiled Buffalo Exchange in "Secondhand stores shine in weak retail market" on Jan 2, 2009: "As thrifty customers turn to secondhand goods, resale stores are profiting from the recession." The crowds at Buffalo Exchange's first Manhattan location "are indicative of both Buffalo Exchange's continuing success - the privately held company says it has $50 million in annual revenue and is concluding its third consecutive year of sales growth - and also of the resale market's overall performance. Secondhand shops are a bright spot in today's downtrodden retail industry... While an increase in used designer goods has helped resale stores draw more middle-class shoppers, so have rising concerns about the environment - the stigma once placed on used clothing is fading."