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."