"WILDLY-SUCCESSFUL SWAP-BUY-SHOP" BY ZÓCALO MAGAZINE
Zócalo Magazine featured Buffalo Exchange in “Style Setting, The Buffalo Way” (pages 11–12) in May 2014: “… Kerstin Block—who transformed a longtime passion into a deceptively clever business niche called Buffalo Exchange … she was the first to capture what’s now the zeitgeist formula of re-purposed style … Fashion front-running came naturally to Kerstin, who co-founded Buffalo Exchange in 1974 with her husband, Spencer. … Spencer put aside his teaching … and helped Kerstin build out the business … Although Spencer died in 2009 after a long struggle with cancer, the strategies he and Kerstin cultivated live on in Buffalo Exchange’s culture. ... ‘We have our training, but that love of clothing and style gene need to be there at the start…’ ‘Our buyers closely follow what’s vogue, but they also look for those quality styles that anchor any wardrobe. They’re trained to look for fine detail and forward design,’ says Rebecca. … ‘Fashion is personal,’ Kerstin continues. ‘Our pieces are about the details that will help the wearer capture his or her look and tell a story.’ … Kerstin and Rebecca believe Tucson is a fertile environment for innovation … Kerstin says it’s key to have a vision, a passion for the unusual. … the Buffalo Exchange 40th anniversary serves as a reminder of how significant this Tucson-grown house has been to the fashion and business-conscious …”
"TRICKS OF THE TRADE" BY REFINERY29
Buffalo Exchange recommended in “Read This Before You Clean Out Your Closet” by Refinery29 on June 8, 2014: “… some of the most clever fashion editors we know don't just know how to shop; they know how to sell. … To track down the best advice on how to resell your clothes, make a profit, score a trade, and streamline your wardrobe, we went right to the source. Make that 12 sources. … For those who prefer the in-person experience and are in the tri-state area, popular locations are Buffalo Exchange … and the Buffalo Exchange St. Marks location where "goth-chic" fashion editors are known to leave behind their Helmut Lang, Theory, Givenchy, and Rick Owens. …”
"HIPPEST THRIFT STORE" BY THREADED VIBES
Threaded Vibes featured Buffalo Exchange in “Getting Thrifty – Buffalo Exchange” on June 5, 2014: “…the hippest thrift store chain around. Celebrating its 40th year, Buffalo Exchange is your one stop shop for trendy vintage clothing. With shops all over the country … these quality thrift shops are the perfect place to pick up the perfect music festival outfit. … Buffalo Exchange’s mission is to carry clothing by the community and clothing for the community. … So for your next festival fashion shopping spree, check out their locations and get thrifting!”
"RAKING IN THE CASH" BY STYLECASTER
Recommended in “How to Make More Money Right Now" by StyleCaster on June 2, 2014: “… Make more money by selling your clothes. … if you’re looking to make room in your closet and pick up some extra bucks, your best bet is to go the resale route … like Buffalo Exchange … that pay you on the spot for in-season stuff you bring in from all types of retailers …”
COLLECTERS WEEKLY "STYLISH, WEARABLE CLOTHES"
Collectors Weekly featured our Founder, Kerstin Block in “Could the Clothes on Your Back Halt Global Warming?” on May 21, 2014: “… In 1974, when Kerstin Block started her vintage and used clothing store, Buffalo Exchange, with her late husband, Spencer, in Tucson, Arizona, nobody wanted to be seen in used clothes. … “It was only poor people that wore used clothes,” Block says. “People didn’t collect them, even vintage clothes. People didn’t really go out and buy much used clothing in those days, and people didn’t want hand-me-downs and things like that. But we started out by having different kinds of things, ethnic styles and then also vintage clothing. And I wore these things. People would say, ‘That looks really great,’ and wanted to know where I got it. Then I’d tell them, ‘Well, it’s used, and I got it at Buffalo Exchange.” … the store buys stylish, wearable clothes … and a little bit of vintage. … making their curated selection of used clothes a better deal than what you find at Urban Outfitters. And Buffalo Exchange, which prides itself on being an eco-conscious company, also offers new clothes, but clothes that could go to waste otherwise. …”
"MECCA FOR SECONDHAND" BY OC WEEKLY
OC Weekly featured Buffalo Exchange’s 40th Anniversary in “Buffalo Exchange Celebrates Its 40th” on May 8 2014: “… Buffalo Exchange is a cool store, and we want to wish them a happy 40th birthday! … The vintage selection can be small, but it's affordable—plus, it's one of the only places that's a mecca for secondhand, popular brands, which can be hard to find considering many retailers just throw away clothing once it's out of season. … In honor of this Buy-Sell-Trade store's 40th, the Buffalo crew from Tucson is touring a huge, 1969 Airstream trailer around the country, visiting each chain and bringing specially curated vintage and Western items, brand swag, and cake! The Tucson team renovated the trailer, turning it into a mobile fashion truck decorated in entirely vintage and recycled items, with a few personal mementos from the founders thrown in.”
"GO-TO BUY-SELL-TRADE STORE" BY THE DAILY TITAN
The Daily Titan featured Buffalo Exchange in “Buffalo Exchange to have pop-up shop in OC to celebrate 40th” on May 11, 2014: “… Buffalo Exchange will celebrate 40 years of fashion with an Airstream trailer pop-up shop this week in Orange County. … the go-to buy-sell-trade store since it opened in 1974 in Tucson, Arizona. Frugal shoppers nationwide flock to the store, which is home to unique pieces at budget-friendly prices. It has become one of the most fashionable names in vintage shopping in Orange County and was voted the best vintage store by OC Weekly in 2013. … The pop-up shop has a select amount of hand-picked merchandise ranging from Western wear to flowing bohemian frocks. …”
"CELEBRATE ONE OF THE BEST RECYCLED FASHION STORES" BY HOOPLA BLOG
HoopLA Blog mentioned Buffalo Exchange in “Buffalo Exchange 40 Year Anniversary Tour” on May 9, 2014: “We have all either shopped or sold clothes to Buffalo Exchange. (Definitely hit them up for a Halloween costume or two). Now they’re turning 40! Get to the Western-inspired tour to celebrate one of the best recycled fashion store reaching the big 4-0.”
"TREASURE HUNTING" BY ARIZONA DAILY STAR
Arizona Daily Star featured Buffalo Exchange in “Buffalo Exchange brimming with UA student cast-offs” on May 6, 2014: “At Buffalo Exchange, one student’s cast-offs are another shopper’s treasure. … students are cramming their brains and purging their closets. For shoppers, that means about two weeks of treasure hunting. ... Through May, Buffalo Exchange is giving shoppers who sell a $5 coupon in addition to the cash or trade they take from the sale. ‘Five dollars at Buffalo is a big deal,’ Block said. … Block said students also have a tendency to ditch clothes purchased specifically for festivals or spring break. She expects to see trendy athletic wear from stores such as Lululemon Athletica and Lucy Activewear, along with Bohemian-style clothing, pieces with UA logos, and preppier fashions from stores such as J. Crew.”
"THE COOLEST CONCEPT" BY HER CAMPUS
Her Campus Boston College recommends Buffalo Exchange in “The Place for Exchange$” on May 4, 2014: “… Now if you don’t want to just give your clothes away, there are now so many places where you can sell them, or exchange them! One of my favorite places from my hometown in NYC is Buffalo Exchange. This store allows you to buy, sell, and trade clothes. It’s the coolest concept because by exchanging things you don’t wear, you’re practically getting new clothes for free! It’s a pretty trendy store too, so with some searching you can find great pieces! … When you go home for the summer, find your nearest Buffalo Exchange and get exchanging!”
"SHOP SMARTER" BY HER CAMPUS
Her Campus San Francisco State University recommends Buffalo Exchange in “How To Shop Smart: Fashion Edition” on May 4, 2014: “…if I’m going to be a fashionista, I’d rather be a smart one. So I decided to find a way to “shop smarter”. Here are a few steps to follow to be a fashionista and still pay the rent when it’s due! … Instead of keeping old stuff in your drawers, sell it back or exchange it. There are cool places like Buffalo Exchange where you can sell, exchange … your old stuff. You’ll make some cash and shop for new clothes without feeling guilty. …”
"QUIRKY, ECLECTIC FINDS" BY STAGEBUDDY
StageBuddy featured Buffalo Exchange in “Buyers Talk Spring Trends at Buffalo Exchange” on April 28, 2014: “… we love treasure hunting through top quality second hand finds. … the thrill of the hunt, and of course the concept of keeping the cycle of clothing karma going. … we're long time patrons of Buffalo Exchange. … quirky, eclectic finds and super on-trend pieces to work into your wardrobe year-round. Their buyers are masters of both domains, and they gave us a rundown of their favorite spring trends in this exclusive video. Some key points? Matching sets, light faux-leather, pastels, and printed jeans. …”
"FESTIVAL LOOKS FOR LESS" BY ATLANTA'S BARGAIN HUNTER
Atlanta Journal-Constitution's bargain hunter recommends Buffalo Exchange in “Music festival fashion for less” on April 25, 2014: “Music festival fashion has become an entire shopping category in recent years. … As festival season gets underway here in Atlanta with CounterPoint this weekend, here are a few ways to get stylish festival looks for less … Shop resale: Let's face it, festival fashion is stuck in the 1960s and 1970s, so what better way to emulate the styles than to shop the actual styles at vintage or resale shops? Buffalo Exchange … has lots of great options for festival gear and if you take in some old clothes to trade you can shop on credit and save even more money. …”
"BEST USED CLOTHING STORE" BOULDER WEEKLY
Boulder Weekly named Buffalo Exchange Best Clothing Store—Used in Best of Boulder 2014 on April 25, 2014: “BE has had 40 years to figure out just how to do it right. So shopping at Buffalo Exchange is always a good time. The friendly staff knows how to keep the store full of interesting items at good prices, which also means it’s a great place to sell the clothes you no longer need. Buffalo Exchange is the definition of win/win.”
"DISCOUNTED TREASURES" BY THE TRIANGLE
The Triangle featured Buffalo Exchange in “Buffalo Exchange’s Earth Day Event Aims to Keep the World Blooming” on April 25, 2014: “I was greeted by friendly shouts. “One dollar! Everything outside! Dollar sale for charity!” … I knew I had arrived at the thrift store’s annual Earth Day fundraiser … Shoppers buzzed around several clothing racks and bins containing discounted treasures. … I stopped to talk to store manager Mike Shaffer … Shaffer mentioned that the Earth Day events are the largest charity events held by Buffalo Exchange each year. “The event began at 10 a.m., but the lines started forming much earlier!” he said, noting the popularity of the affair. … This year, Buffalo Exchange partnered with the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum to help raise awareness for pollination conservation. … Scoring a great sale while giving back to the community left all customers happy as they made their purchases. I am sure bargain shoppers everywhere are marking their calendars for the next annual Earth Day dollar sale; I know I will.”
"A MAGICAL PLACE" BY NYU LOCAL
NYU Local lists Buffalo Exchange as its number one thrift spot in “Top 5 Downtown Thrifting Spots For Spring Wear” on April 24, 2014: “… we picked some shops with steals and great spring pieces that won’t break the budget. … we found five great thrift shops … A lot of people know about Buffalo Exchange ... it really is a magical place. Not only can you find great deals on clothing and accessories, but you can take your gently used items and sell them to the store for store credit or cash. … it is a great way to trade in your last season spring pieces for new looks. ... there are plenty of spring/summer items on the racks, which is perfect for those trying to makeover their current wardrobe. … there are definitely some gems to be found here.”
"EVER WISH CLOTHING ONLY COST A DOLLAR?" BY THE DAILY EMERALD
The Daily Emerald featured Buffalo Exchange’s Dollar Day Sale in “Ever wish clothing only cost a dollar? Tomorrow’s your chance at Buffalo Exchange’s annual Dollar Day Sale” on April 18, 2014: “This year, Earth Day is on Tuesday, April 22, and if you are looking for a way to celebrate and also do a bit of cheap shopping, attending Buffalo Exchange’s annual Earth Day, Dollar Day Sale is for you. … Buffalo Exchange stores across the country are marking down select merchandise to a dollar. Yes, a dollar! But this sale isn’t just about cheap finds — it’s also about protecting the environment. All the money raised from the sale (only the items marked down to a dollar) will go to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum … The 2014 Dollar Day Sale draws specific attention to the preservation of plant pollinators through the Museum’s Pollination Hotspots program. … “Last year was a great sale for us, we had more people line up than we have in the past. People get really excited,” Janelle Derven, Eugene store manager, said. …”
"RARE VINTAGE FINDS" BY DEPAULIA ONLINE
The DePaulia Online featured Buffalo Exchange in “Buffalo Exchange pop up store rolls through Chicago” on April 13, 2014: “Buffalo Exchange is at the forefront of clothing resale. One of the first stores of its kind to buy, sell and trade clothing … To celebrate its 40th Anniversary and their customers, Buffalo Exchange will drive to all of its locations in a renovated 1969 Airstream trailer. The trailer will be filled with rare vintage finds and limited edition Buffalo Exchange products like T-shirts, buttons and reusable bags. … Buffalo Exchange’s Earth Day $1 Sale is also that Saturday … All proceeds from this sale will be donated to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum … Kerstin Block, president and co-owner of Buffalo Exchange will be also at the event on Saturday. Wicker Park manager Kelly Wolfe encourages customers to arrive early and bring cash for this event because it will be a busy day. …”
"CLOTHING DOWN TO $1 AND A RETROFITTED AIRSTREAM" BY CHICAGO MAGAZINE
Chicago Magazine featured Buffalo Exchange in “The Dollar Sale at Buffalo Exchange Might Cause a Stampede” on April 14, 2014: “Thrift shops are a mixed bag. At the Buffalo Exchange … you’ll find anything from Gap to Gucci hiding on the racks. ... One things for sure: The deals will be great this weekend. On Saturday, April 19, the Buffalo Exchange holds a Dollar Day Sale from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Items will be marked down to a buck, and proceeds will be donated to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum to raise awareness of pollination conservation. This also marks the Buffalo Exchange’s 40th anniversary, and the Tucson-based business has converted a vintage Airstream trailer into a traveling pop-up shop in honor of its birthday. … filled with western wear, vintage items, boho clothing and accessories. …”
"SCORE SOME SAVINGS, HELP THE ENVIRONMENT" ABC 15 SMART SHOPPER
ABC 15’s Smart Shopper, Daphne Munro featured Buffalo Exchange’s Dollar Day Sale in “April 19: Pay $1 for designer clothes at Buffalo Exchange” on April 14, 2014: “Score some savings on used clothes and help our environment for Earth Day. … If you have not been to Buffalo Exchange, it is a resale store for clothes, shoes and accessories for the fashionable and trendy. … So you can always find great prices at resale clothing stores. So this $1 sale on Saturday makes it even better. …”
"GREAT PLACE TO MAKE A FEW BUCKS" BY CLARK HOWARD
Clark Howard recommends Buffalo Exchange in “8 Fun Ways To Save Money This Spring” on April 14, 2014: “Spring is the absolute best time of year. … And, this is actually the best time of year to save some money. … Spring cleaning is an annual ritual for many of us. Don’t just junk your unused stuff though! … And Buffalo Exchange, the rapidly expanding used clothing seller, is a great place to make a few bucks on the clothing you aren’t planning on wearing anymore. …”
“$1 CLOTHING SALE” ATLANTA’S BARGAIN HUNTER
Buffalo Exchange’s Dollar Day Sale mentioned in Atlanta Journal-Constitution's “Nedra's Big Deals: Free kids bowling, 50% off toys, $1 clothing sale” on April 10, 2014: “On April 19, stop by Buffalo Exchange for the $1 Day Sale in honor of Earth Day. All proceeds from the purchase of $1 items will be donated to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum to help fund its programs. Buffalo Exchange has new and used clothing and accessories that are purchased or traded from locals. …”
STYLIST "FESTIVAL FASHION DO'S AND DON'TS" BY PAPER MAG
Buffalo Exchange recommended by fashion stylist, Eli Wasserman in Paper Magazine’s “10 Stylists Tell Us How to Avoid Dressing Like a "Basic Bitch" at Coachella” on April 10, 2014: “To help you avoid looking like one of the thousands of clones turning up with daisy crowns and ripped jorts, we've asked ten of our favorite stylists to weigh in with their festival fashion do's and don'ts. … I think we've seen enough of the Guns N' Roses, ACDC, Led Zeppelin vintages tees. Leave them at home or better yet, bring them to your nearest Buffalo Exchange. …”
"NATION-WIDE TOUR" BY THE WESTERN FRONT
Buffalo Exchange was featured in The Western Front for “Buffalo Exchange to celebrate 40-year anniversary” on April 8, 2014: “The Buffalo Exchange is putting on a nation-wide tour in honor of its 40 year anniversary. … Including a stop at the Bellingham location on Monday, April 28. … The vintage, western theme reflects the company’s roots in Arizona, employee Sara Alkhedairy said. “It’s going to be something of a cross between a store and a museum,” Alkhedairy said. “Except shoppable, obviously.” Preparations have been ongoing for the past year by keeping an eye out for any article of clothing that fits the theme, said Hanako Persson, the store manager for the Bellingham location. “Every store is going to have a unique inventory that’s been cultivated by that location,” Persson said. …”
"COOL RETRO TRAILER" BY WE HEART ASTORIA
We Heart Astoria featured Buffalo Exchange in “Buffalo Exchange Airstream Trailer Comes to Astoria” on April 7, 2014: “It’s no secret that one of our favorite clothing retailers in the nabe is the Buffalo Exchange. For me personally, I more or less stalk their collections, trying to pounce on the eclectic finds as they come in, and successfully scoring a few pretty things in the process (hello Marc Jacobs graffiti bag!) … we spotted that their 40th Anniversary Airstream trailer pop-up shop has been roaming the country. … This week’s the week when you can check out the cool retro trailer in Astoria on Friday, 4/11. … featuring boho, Western and vintage wares, and various types of freebies. …”
"POP-UP CRUISES INTO NYC" BY RACKED NY
Racked NY mentioned Buffalo Exchange in “Buffalo Exchange's Vintage Airstream Pop-Up Cruises Into NYC” on April 7, 2014: “To celebrate its 40th anniversary, Buffalo Exchange has been touring the country since March in a renovated 1969 Airstream trailer that they've transformed into a vintage pop-up shop. The New York City leg of the trip is coming up this week, with stops at the Buffalo Exchange stores in Boerum Hill, Williamsburg, Astoria, Chelsea, and the East Village. … Freebies like temporary tattoos and zines will be handed out, and there's a giveaway for a Buffalo Exchange gift card. Plus, fifty cents from the purchase of a special tote bag will be donated to the Buffalo Field Campaign, which supports the protection of the buffalo in Yellowstone.”
"TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE" BY RACKED NY
Racked NY recommends Buffalo Exchange in “Twelve of New York City's Best Consignment and Resale Stores“ on April 1, 2014: “Buffalo Exchange is another buy-sell-trade, and a go-to for college students and fashion folks. Among the endless racks of tweedy blazers, oversized flannels, soft tees with oddball slogans and chunky-knit sweaters, you can find Milly dresses, Marc by Marc Jacobs blouses, Vince tops, and Jeffrey Campbell shoes. The prices are almost too good to be true. No appointment is necessary to sell, but prepared to wait on a sizable line if you go on the weekend. …”
"A TRUE TUCSON ORIGINAL" BY 3 STORY MAGAZINE
3 Story Magazine featured the Buffalo Exchange for “A True Tucson original, Buffalo Exchange, is celebrating its 40th birthday with a unique road trip across America. We ask: what makes this business tick?” in March 2014: “Forty years later, one of Tucson’s best exports … is celebrating its 40th birthday with a road trip in a vintage Airstream trailer. … At each store, the staff will fill the Airstream with vintage western clothing and other treasures, turning it into a roaming, dynamic pop-up shop. … Tattoo artist Allyson Bennett [illustrated] artwork for the [campaign] and all of the interior design and restoration work was done in-house. … While there have been a lot of logistics to deal with for each location … they are “ready to go”, Rebecca says. As to the future, Rebecca and Kerstin … are scouting locations to open new stores, and after the tour they plan to start taking the Airstream boutique to music and art festivals like Coachella. And although they are staying deeply rooted in the importance of people and principles, as Rebecca said: “We are always willing to look back to see what worked and always looking around to see what we could be doing. You cannot remain static. Change is inevitable.”
"A SPECIALLY-CURATED SELECTION OF VINTAGE" BY RUNDOWN DALLAS
Rundown Dallas featured Buffalo Exchange's 40th Anniversary Tour in “Pop Some Tags” in March 2014: “… The Buffalo Exchange touring Airstream trailer is coming to town. … the trailer will be filled with a specially-curated selection of vintage and western apparel to amp up your spring wardrobe. It'll be parked outside the regular Buffalo Exchange location where you can find even more denim, shirts, shoes, and accessories.”
"NEW SEASON, NEW WARDROBE" BY HER CAMPUS
Her Campus Emerson College recommends Buffalo Exchange in “Cute Boston Boutiques to Help You Update Your Wardrobe for Warmer Weather” on March 27, 2014: “Boston's best boutiques can help you out. Buying a new dress can be affordable on any budget, and Boston offers so many cute boutiques and stores … Whether you want to spend $5 or $500, there’s a boutique with the perfect dress for you just around the corner. … I’ve never left Buffalo Exchange disappointed. You can find super cheap, super nice clothes here that are only gently worn. They have tops and dresses ranging anywhere from $1 to $100 dollars, and you can also come here to sell those clothes that you haven’t touched in months.”
"A CAREFREE BOHEMIAN VIBE" BY HOUSTON CULTURE MAP
Houston Culture Map featured Buffalo Exchange in “Buffalo Exchange waltzes across Texas with Airstream vintage pop-up shop” on March 21, 2014: “Buffalo Exchange is widely known for its steal-of-a-deal clothing finds, but the company also has a history worth celebrating. This spring … Buffalo Exchange will embark on the great American road trip in a vintage Land Yacht Airstream … popping up at all of its retail outlets … On board the vintage trailer, cost-conscious fashionistas can shop a collection of vintage and Western-inspired apparel and accessories. … the Airstream is worth exploring, too. Its hippie-chic aesthetic comes from eclectic styling; in true Buffalo Exchange fashion …”
“STOCK UP ON VINTAGE CLOTHES” BY THE BOSTON GLOBE
The Boston Globe featured Buffalo Exchange manager, Lisa De Freitas in “Somerville crossroads lives up to its hip image” on March 15, 2014: “… At Buffalo Exchange … shoppers were intently examining every item on the racks. “People get very excited when they start shopping,” said Lisa De Freitas, the store manager. “Sometimes they come in twice a day.” De Freitas hails from London and sees it as her mission to make sure customers leave the shop with a sense of style as well as a bargain. “I’ve always dressed funky, and we try to educate buyers and make them fashionistas,” she said. As part of her strategy, sales staff put together their own unique outfits each Saturday. “We give customers ideas for having fun with their clothes,” said De Freitas …”
"GREAT PRICES FOR REALLY FUN PIECES" FOX 10 PHOENIX
Phoenix’s KSAZ-TV Channel 10 News “Buffalo Exchange 40th Anniversary Celebration” on March 10, 2014, reporter Kristin Anderson visited our Airstream pop-up shop: “… I’m really excited about this, because I love Buffalo Exchange, this is a pop-up shop, and in honor of their 40th Anniversary they’re hitting the road … You’ve packed a lot of unique things in this Airstream. …” You can watch part 1 and part 2 on Fox.
"STYLISH, GENTLY USED CLOTHING" BY TWIN CITIES
Twin Cities featured Buffalo Exchange in “Lululeom, Buffalo Exchange pop-up sales planned for March, April” on March 7, 2014: “Buffalo Exchange, the retailer offering stylish, gently used clothing with youthful flair for men and women, is marking its 40th anniversary with a road trip and pop-up shop that includes a Twin Cities stop. The Tucson-based retailer has decked out a 1969 Airstream trailer and transformed it into a western-themed boutique with vintage and other unique apparel. The road trip is underway, with the Twin Cities stop slated for April 21 at the Buffalo Exchange location in Minneapolis”
"FASHION TELLS A STORY" BY ARIZONA DAILY STAR
The Arizona Daily Star featured Buffalo Exchange’s archivist, Inara Edrington in “Joy springs from 40 years of Buffalo Exchange photos” on March 9, 2014: “At Buffalo Exchange, fashion tells a story. That’s where company archivist and resource librarian Inara Edrington comes in. … Ask her about old ads or the thousands of photos saved throughout the years, both digitally and on film. “People like to see old photos, and it’s just fun,” Edrington, 43, says. “Especially with fashion, you can see over the decades how it has changed.” … Edrington has sifted through thousands of photographs now organized in hardcover binders and digital folders. “You look at the photos, and you see everybody is smiling,” Edrington says. “Everybody is very up, very happy, very into fashion. They’re always trying on outfits and posing.” That was new for Edrington, who had spent 10 years as an archivist for the National Parks Service. … “Looking at old photos and getting to know the people behind those photos was just fun,” Edrington says of stories she pieced together from archives. “You get their papers and photos and you get to learn by reading and seeing their photos. The same thing happens here when you see photos in the store.””
"THRIFT HEAVEN" BY USA TODAY COLLEGE
USA TODAY College recommends Buffalo Exchange in “4 clothing stores that deliver deals and style” on March 7, 2014: “Buffalo Exchange is thrift heaven. … Their goal is to bring fashion and social good to the shopping experience. Upon a purchase, the store will also politely ask if you’d like to buy a re-usable Buffalo Exchange bag for a small fee — and the bags are cute, so it’s a win-win situation. … You may also be tempted to ask for the outfits on the mannequins, because they’re always decorated in the fiercest styles.”
"A ROLLING POP-UP SHOP" BY LOCAL FIRST ARIZONA
Local First Arizona featured Buffalo Exchange in “Buffalo Exchange takes its 40th Anniversary on the road” on March 6, 2014: “Turning 40 is fun when you’re fashion retailer Buffalo Exchange. To celebrate its 40th Anniversary, Buffalo Exchange staff painstakingly renovated a 1969 Airstream Land Yacht to send on tour across the country. Staff spent over a year turning the old trailer into a work of art and commissioned tattoo artist, Allyson Bennett ... The Airstream was completely gutted and rewired by Buffalo Exchange maintenance staff. “The maintenance staff did an amazing job,” says Dana Whitney, Store Development Coordinator. “They fixed up the exterior, interior and even built custom steps.” Other staff members also contributed, converting the interior into a rolling pop-up shop. … “It really is a labor of love,” says Dana. There is even a special suitcase that functions as a shrine to all the Buffalo Exchange locations. As it makes each of its stops, staff from each location will make contributions to the shrine. Be sure to catch the trailer live on its journey across the country. At each stop, the trailer will be stocked with unique vintage items for sale. There will also be fun giveaways.”
“COOL, HIP, FUNKY BUY/SELL/TRADE” BY ACTIVERAIN
ActiveRain featured Buffalo Exchange in “Happy 40th Anniversary Buffalo Exchange!” on March 6, 2014: “Buffalo Exchange, if you've never heard of it, is a cool, hip, funky buy/sell/trade clothing and accessories store that was founded in beautiful Tucson in 1974. … Tomorrow, they're kicking off their anniversary celebrations - starting with the University store (Speedway and Campbell), the eastside Tucson store on Saturday and then we get to celebrate with them on Sunday at their downtown store! … It may sound biased but the crew that runs this store is great. They really are. They're good community business partners, active with all of the events that happen downtown and, well, just fun! Trust me when I say it's VERY hard to walk by their windows without going in and spending some money! At each of the locations, you're going to get a chance to check out their 40th Anniversary Airstream! Here's a 'sneak peek' because I don't want to spoil the surprise … Congratulations, Buffalo Exchange, on 40 years!! Thanks for helping all of us shop local!
"A FUN, QUIRKY PLACE TO SHOP" BY 10BEST
10Best featured Buffalo Exchange’s sibling, Buffalo Trading Post in “Buffalo Trading Post Opens in Unique West Tucson Shopping Center” on March 2, 2014: “The next time you're looking for a fun, quirky place to shop in Tucson, head to the city's far west side for an afternoon of browsing at Buffalo Trading Post. The new 3,500-square-foot retail space specializes in new and gently used clothing, shoes, fashion accessories and housewares. You'll also find a small and unique selection of furniture, home decor items and Mexican imports. Buffalo Trading Post is the brainchild of Kerstin Block, the founder of the mega-successful Buffalo Exchange New and Recycled Fashions. Block calls Buffalo Trading Post the "older sibling" to Buffalo Exchange … Although most of the clothing inventory at Buffalo Trading Post is geared toward women, there's a small selection of men's items, including Western wear and vintage Hawaiian shirts. … Textiles, serapes and wall hangings from Mexico and South America are also for sale. Like its sibling store, Buffalo Trading Post operates on the principal of buy, sell and trade. … Buffalo Trading Post is located at Cat Mountain Station, a restored 1950s-era artisan shopping center located just west of central Tucson. It's a convenient stop if you're heading to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum or Old Tucson Studios for the day.”
"CAPTURES THE STORE'S UNIQUE SPIRIT" BY THE DAILY WILDCAT
The Daily Wildcat featured Buffalo Exchange in “Buffalo Exchange celebrates 40th with tour” on February 28, 2014: “Buffalo Exchange is going on a road trip to celebrate its 40th birthday. … In keeping with the company’s commitment to recycling the trailer is decked out in thrift store, salvage yards and flea market finds. … Tattoo art designed specifically for the project was used on the exterior of this “land yacht” for its retro cowgirl theme. … Throughout the trailer’s eclectically designed interior are old pictures of the owners’ early days, that give it a groovy vibe. … The tour kicks off March 7.”
"BEST RESALE STORE" BY SMU DAILY CAMPUS
SMU Daily Campus named Buffalo Exchange Best Resale Store in Best of SMU & The Park Cities 2014 on February 28, 2014: "Buffalo Exchange (3424 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75206) prides itself on having a superb collection of gently used designer clothing at a fraction of the brand-new cost. While you won’t be paying full price, the fashion selection will make you look like you did. Clientele often gush at how much fun it is just peruse the store’s unique and trendy collection. Customers come back again and again to look their best on a budget."
“THRIFT SHOP ON WHEELS” BY HOUSTONIA MAGAZINE
Houstonia Magazine Shop Talk Blog featured the Buffalo Exchange 40th Anniversary Tour in “Buffalo Exchange Hits the Road” on February 28, 2014: “… The Tucson-based Buffalo Exchange will be touring the country in a 1969 Airstream trailer turned vintage pop-up shop, making stops at many of their locations across the U.S. … In addition to being filled with vintage goodies for sale, the trailer will be decked out with BE history such as throwback photos of founder Kerstin Block and the beginnings of the original store.”
"COMMITMENT TO RE-PURPOSED FASHION" BY PHOENIX NEW TIMES
The Phoenix New Times featured Buffalo Exchange in "Buffalo Exchange Celebrates 40 Years with Vintage Airstream Pop-Up Shop in Tempe" on February 25, 2014: "The 1969 Airstream trailer ... will feature vintage clothing, Western-themed merchandise, and giveaways ... Buffalo Exchange staff up-cycled such salvaged items as sewing machines, thread spools, suitcases, and plumbing pipes to make cabinets, shelves, and clothing racks, tying it in with the store's long-standing commitment to re-purposed fashion."
ATLANTA'S BARGAIN HUNTER "SELL IT, IF YOU CAN"
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution interviews Buffalo Exchange Founder Kerstin Block and recommends Buffalo Exchange in “Cash for clothes: selling vs. consignment” on February 25, 2014: “I checked in with two experts in the resale industry to compile a list of tips for anyone considering selling clothing as we approach spring. … Kerstin Block, president and co-founder of Buffalo Exchange, is celebrating 40 years in the resale business this year with a vintage Airstream pop-up shop touring the country. Buffalo Exchange opened its first Atlanta shop about a year ago. (The tour comes through town on March 31.) Things have changed in the world of resale, they both say. “We have gone from being a pariah, to being a huge fashion statement,” Block says. Here are some tips to help you determine if selling or consigning may work for you. … Designer bags are golden. Most resale stores can’t get enough of these. Buffalo Exchange may even make exceptions and take a high-end bag on consignment, Block says.”
“THE GREAT AMERICAN ROAD TRIP” BY DALLAS CULTURE MAP
Dallas Culture Map featured Buffalo Exchange in “Buffalo Exchange hits the road in cross-country Airstream pop-up tour” on February 22, 2014: “For two months, Buffalo Exchange will embark on the great American road trip in a vintage Land Yacht Airstream … A sneak peek inside the trailer … reveals a well-curated selection of boots, handbags, jewelry and clothing embodying a carefree bohemian vibe. (Think vintage cowboy boots, colorful ponchos, bright frocks and leather satchels.) … the Airstream is worth exploring too. Its hippie-chic aesthetic comes from eclectic styling; in true Buffalo Exchange fashion, the trailer is outfitted with items purchased from thrift stores, flea markets and salvage yards.”
"REALLY COOL VEHICLE GRAPHICS" BY SIGN AGE
Sign Age featured the Buffalo Exchange Airstream in “Buffalo Exchange gets a Trailer Wrap from Sign Age!” on February 21, 2014: “Buffalo Exchange is celebrating 40 years of new and recycled fashion. They started right here in Tucson and have expanded across the country. In celebration they will be touring the country in a '69 Airstream starting in March. … Sign Age had the pleasure of wrapping the Airstream with really cool vehicle graphics designed by their creative marketing team. We had a lot of fun working with them on the production and installation of the graphics.”
PENDLETON SAYS "CHECK THEM OUT"
The Pendleton Blog featured Buffalo Exchange’s Fall/Winter Zine on February 21, 2014: “... were especially excited to be featured in the in-store publication of Buffalo Exchange. They have a nice write-up about our brand history ... And, they have an accurate shirt label guide on the last page. … Thanks, Buffalo Exchange! If you are a vintage shopper, please check them out.”
“A HISTORY WORTH CELEBRATING” BY AUSTIN CULTURE MAP
Austin Culture Map featured Buffalo Exchange in “Buffalo Exchange goes mobile with cross-country Airstream pop-up tour” on February 20, 2014: "Buffalo Exchange is widely known for its steal-of-a-deal clothing finds, but the company also has a history worth celebrating. This spring, the shop that made "buy-sell-trade" a sustainable way to enhance your wardrobe on the cheap is celebrating its 40th anniversary with an apropos — and casually hip — pop-up tour across the country. … For two months, Buffalo Exchange will embark on the great American road trip … popping up at all of its retail outlets, from its founding city of Tucson, Arizona to the hipster capital of Portland, Oregon to, of course, Austin. … On board the vintage trailer, cost-conscious fashionistas can shop a collection of vintage and Western-inspired apparel and accessories.”
"FIRST STORE OF ITS KIND FOR THE “BUFFALO” FAMILY" BY ARIZONA DAILY STAR
Arizona Daily Star featured Buffalo Exchange’s sibling store, Buffalo Trading Post in “Buffalo Trading Post opens west of Tucson” on February 20, 2014: “The founder of the Buffalo Exchange chain has opened a new store with an expanded inventory targeted toward adults on the far west side of Tucson. Buffalo Trading Post, 2740 S. Kinney Road, opened Saturday in the Cat Mountain Station shopping center, near Old Tucson Studios. … Buffalo Trading Post specializes in brands such as Chico’s, Loft and Coldwater Creek, to name a few. It also has Mexican imports, pottery and mid-century kitchenware such as older Pyrex dishes and Fiestaware. The store carries a limited inventory of men’s items as well, including vintage Hawaiian shirts and Western wear. The idea to open a store targeted toward adults came to Block after the 3,500-square-foot space had been vacant in her shopping center. “I decided I had to put something there,” she said. “And people have been asking me for this kind of store. People who like interesting clothes would like a place to shop.” The new store operates on the same principal of Buffalo Exchange — buy, sell, trade. But, the two stores are not related, meaning customers cannot use trade credit from Buffalo Exchange at Buffalo Trading Post and vice versa. … This is the first store of its kind for the “Buffalo” family. And, depending on how it goes, it might not be the last. More stores are possible, Block said. “We’ll see how this one goes first. I’m sure there’s a market for it.”
"TUCSON SUCCESS STORY, BORN OUT OF A SIMPLE LOVE FOR CLOTHING" BY DOWNTOWN TUCSONAN
The Downtown Tucsonan featured Buffalo Exchange president and founder, Kerstin Block, in “Buffalo Exchange: A Sustainable Tucson Success Story Celebrates 40 Years” on February 13, 2014: “An enterprising young Swedish woman, who found herself living and working in the Old Pueblo after marrying her sweetheart, started a small resale clothing shop called Buffalo Exchange. … with the encouragement and support from her husband, Spencer, she was able to make the leap towards starting her very own store. … Her approach, which has evolved into a company model predicated upon sustainability and socially responsible retail practices, originated by simply putting the focus on clothes in a fun-driven boutique environment. … As of December 2012, the company now has 46 stores and 3 franchises in 17 states ... It remains a fantastic Tucson success story, born out of a simple love for clothing and a harnessing of that very human thrill of finding a good deal. … In terms of celebrating their 40th Anniversary, Block alludes to a cavalcade of special events and promotions planned for Buffalo Exchange.”
“THRIFT SHOP GOLDMINE” BY HOUSTONIA MAGAZINE
The Houstonia Magazine Shop Talk Blog featured Buffalo Exchange in “Only Got $20 in Your Pocket?” on February 7, 2014: “I dropped by the city’s thrift shop goldmine — aka Buffalo Exchange (Westheimer) —to extract from its many racks the finest in retrograde apparel. … they offer clothing, shoes, and accessories in a variety of styles … Best of all, most of their items are reasonably priced.”
ARTS AWARD GOES TO BRENNA CURRY
The Sierra Vista Herald featured Buffalo Exchange and the 2013 Buffalo Exchange Visual Arts Award recipient in “Buffalo Exchange honors Bisbee artist” on January 17, 2014: “Buffalo Exchange, a privately owned, family-operated fashion resale retailer based in Tucson, will honor Brenna Curry, a metal artist with the Vixen Fine Art Metal Gallery in Bisbee, as the recipient of the 2013 Buffalo Exchange Visual Arts Award … award funded by the Buffalo Exchange Fund for the Arts. Held at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, the Buffalo Exchange Fund for the Arts has awarded more than $160,000 to individuals in the Southern Arizona art community since 1994. Curry’s metal works are mostly on stainless steel, where she incorporates exposed metal under the paint that gives a holographic feeling. … Nominators of potential recipients can remain anonymous. This year, the person who nominated Curry cited her tenacity, perseverance, and willingness to stay true to herself and her art. … Each year, candidates for Buffalo Exchange’s Visual Arts Award are nominated and selected by two panels of experts who are familiar with the Southern Arizona arts scene. The focus of the award changes from one year to the next, highlighting important contributors to the arts, or emerging artists in the visual arts and performing arts – ones that are not necessarily well known but who are showing great promise in fulfilling the highest standards of excellence.”
OUR VICE PRESIDENT CHATS WITH ANNA CROSWELL
The Washington, D.C. blog duo at Anna Croswell recognized our Vice President Rebecca Block as a fierce woman in its Friday section TGIF (This Girl Is Fierce) in September 2013. Read the full interview on Anna Croswell.
BUFFALO EXCHANGE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT FEATURED ON MRS. GREEN'S WORLD
Our Founder and President Kerstin Block and Vice President Rebecca Block discuss the fun beginnings of Buffalo Exchange and their successes in an interview for Hand-Me-Over Fashion Cool on Mrs. Green’s World Internet radio show in June 2013. Listen to the entire interview on Mrs. Green’s World.
BUFFALO EXCHANGE MOTHER-DAUGHTER TEAM FEATURED IN TUCSON LIFESTYLE
Buffalo Exchange mom and daughter pair Kerstin and Rebecca Block, were recently featured in the Up Front, Notable section for ‘Frock in Trade’ in the March 2013 issue of prominent Tucson magazine, Tucson Lifestyle.
Starting a business can be a daunting task. Imagine failing to learn new skills, losing your job, and raising a family. For Kerstin Block, those past failures would soon become successful achievements with an idea to open a unique clothing store. In a recent interview with Tucson Lifestyle, Buffalo Exchange president, Kerstin Block revealed “I love to shop, and I have the rummaging/digging instinct.” Her addiction to thrift stores and swap meets naturally helped her and Spencer Block to open the first Buffalo Exchange in 1974 in an old union office across from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. Today Kerstin and her daughter, Rebecca, run the family business with 48 stores in 17 states. Through the decades, Buffalo Exchange has become a thriving resale fashion retailer. In the interview Kerstin and Rebecca discuss how they have maintained the business over the years: “We have worked very hard to remain fashion-oriented,” said Rebecca, “Buffalo Exchange is very unique—you never know what you are going to find!” “We go by style rather than brand name,” noted Kerstin, “We are very honest with our customer about what an item will sell for,” Rebecca added. Read Full Article >
GRETTA'S "NO MONEY MAKEOVER" ON THE RACHAEL RAY SHOW
On the Rachael Ray Show's "Free For All" episode in October 2012, stylist Gretta takes viewer Angela for a free clothing make over at Buffalo Exchange in New York. Rachael Ray explains, "everything on this [episode] you can get for free. [Angela] traded her clothes at [Buffalo Exchange], which was awesome." Gretta explains Buffalo Exchange to viewers, "We didn't skimp. A common misconception about these stores is that they only take high-end items or vintage items. Not true. They love to have items that are from inexpensive stores or discount stores so long as they are great pieces." Angela traded in her old clothes for an outfit that included a designer dress, designer heels, and a leather bag. "It was so fun," Gretta explains, who also traded in her clothes for a whole new outfit. You can watch part 1 and part 2 on the Rachael Ray Show.
VINTAGE VIBE AT IT'S FINEST
DDI Magazine featured one of Buffalo Exchange's Washington, D.C. locations in their interior design project gallery on January 9, 2013: "The space boasts repurposed décor and an industrial-vintage vibe...Preserved natural brick and metallic, spiral ductwork set the theme for this vintage-industrial-inspired store."
"CLEAN CLOSETS + CASH" BY USED YORK CITY
Buffalo Exchange recommended by Used York City in “Buffalo Exchange Offers New Yorkers Clean Closets + Cash” on January 8, 2013: “This past Sunday I set out on a mission to [kill] jumpstart two resolutions with one stone: de-clutter my closets and be a master budgeter. … Recruit a friend to help carry, hop on the train, and head to Buffalo Exchange. … Trade clothes for cash or gift cards. Buffalo Exchange accepts clothes that fit the current season, and also looks for certain items at certain times. (Boots, chunky sweaters, and anything layerable are currently all the rage.) … Raise your glass in a toast to cleaning out your closet and being a rockstar budgeter in 2013! Cheers!”
OH MY GD USA... AGAIN!
Buffalo Exchange's iPhone App won in the multimedia and interactive design category and Buffalo Exchange's newspaper print ads won in the advertising category in GD USA's American Inhouse Design Awards 2012, published in July: "The American Inhouse Design Awards is the original and the premier showcase for outstanding work by inhouse designers. It provides a unique opportunity for inhouse design, marketing and communications departments to be recognized for their talent, for the challenges they face, and for their value to businesses and institutions.... roughly 1,000 pieces are displayed... the cream of a competition that drew over 9,000 entries."
"ARRIVAL OF THE THRIFT MECCA" BY THE WASHINGTON POST
The Washington Post Style Blog featured Buffalo Exchange in “Buffalo Exchange brings thrifty fashion to D.C.” on June 15, 2012: "Washington joins the ranks of Williamsburg and Boerum Hill. Our fashion savants, honored for their perpetual worship of the bowler hat, will be rewarded handsomely with a style sanctorian cemented on 14th Street. The arrival of the thrift mecca, the fabled Buffalo Exchange, means the end of an era, one where vintage addicts took seasonal Megabus trips to Brooklyn in search of Union Hardward roller skates. The cash on-demand thrift and resale chain, founded in 1974 in Tucson, Arizona, has over 40 stores that morph to fit the quirks of their communities... Selling both men’s and women’s clothes, Buffalo Exchange focuses on trends, not brands... New York scenesters and Elle editors speak of Buffalo Exchange like contraband, a place where cheap thrills and ecstatic highs come with the added bonus of being able to disrobe and trade your designer jeans for something new-to-you in the store."
BUFFALO EXCHANGE RECEIVES LUMIES ARTS & BUSINESS AWARD
The Tucson Pima Arts Council awarded Buffalo Exchange a 2012 Lumies Arts and Business Award for the Large Business Partner category on June 15, 2012 at Tucson's Historic El Casino Ballroom. Now in its 11th year, the Tucson Pima Arts Council created the Lumies to encourage everyone to celebrate the outstanding arts “luminaries” that contribute to Tucson and Pima County’s unique creative vitality. The Buffalo Exchange owners, have always believed in giving back to the community. They partnered with the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona to establish the annual Buffalo Exchange Arts Awards where emerging local artists are recognized for their creativity, innovation, and excellence in the arts. Since 1994, nearly $150,000 has been awarded to individuals in the arts community through the Buffalo Exchange Arts Award. Watch NPR's Arizona Public Media interview with Kerstin Block, Buffalo Exchange co-owner and President.
"SCORE SUSTAINABLE STYLE AT BUFFALO EXCHANGE" BY DALLAS MORNING NEWS
Dallas Morning News recommends Buffalo Exchange in "Score sustainable style at Buffalo Exchange" on June 13, 2012: "I take my thrift store sleuthing VERY seriously. Which is why I hesitate to share one of my best-kept shopping secrets with the masses... If you haven't yet discovered the greatness that is Buffalo Exchange, grab a couple of girlfriends and make the pilgrimage down to Greenville Avenue. As one of the best vintage clothing stores in town, it's worth the drive, no matter where you live in the D/FW area... Plus, this socially responsible boutique helps support the needs of the community. When you make your purchases, you can opt to go bagless and instead receive a token to donate to a local charity of your choice..."
WASHINGTONIAN: "STRAPPED FOR CASH, LOOK NO FURTHER"
Washingtonian’s ShopAround Blog writes “Buffalo Exchange Opens on 14th Street This Saturday” on June 14, 2012: “Here’s what you need to know about selling your clothes... For those unfamiliar, the premise is pretty simple: Customers are encouraged to bring in gently used clothing to be sold through in-store buyers; they can also shop the inventory that caters to both men and women... The store mostly desires items that closely follow current trends as well as striking vintage clothes and accessories... The store is also open to purchasing the 'best of all seasons'... And it’s okay if you don’t own designer everything. 'We don’t buy by brand... we don’t only buy vintage, we don’t only buy high-end. We carry basically everything.'”
CALLED "A MODEL ENTREPRENEURIAL FIRM" BY BIZ TUCSON MAGAZINE
Biz Tucson Magazine includes Buffalo Exchange in “Startups Power New Economy,” Spring 2012 issue: “Eight Early Gazelles. In Southern Arizona, our economic prosperity now needs to be driven by human and knowledge-based assets – entrepreneurs and innovators working together to create and grow scalable, idea-based companies. We call them ‘gazelles’… Here are eight examples of eight extraordinary Tucson gazelles… 4. Buffalo Exchange was opened in 1974… Heralded as among the first to buy, sell, trade and take clothing items and accessories on consignment, Buffalo Exchange is a model entrepreneurial firm… Business model innovation, lifestyle and social purpose are keys to this highly successful, non-technological, scalable national enterprise.”
STYLELIST.COM: "FAVORITE NEIGHBORHOOD SHOP"
New York’s Stylelist.com of the Huffington Post mentions Buffalo Exchange in “New York Street Style: What the girls are wearing in Williamsburg (photos)” on Mar 16, 2012: “This week’s Neighborhood Watch focuses on the stylish set that inhabit Williamsburg, one of Brooklyn’s coolest spots. To some, it’s the home of the hipster. To many others, it’s a charming area filled with loads of vintage shops like Buffalo Exchange and Stella Dallas... Ashley McKinney. Favorite Neighborhood Shop: Buffalo Exchange.”
NYLON MAGAZINE: SPRING CLEANING AT BUFFALO EXCHANGE
NYLON Magazine’s "NYLON Daily" Las Vegas edition eblast recommended Buffalo Exchange on Feb 8, 2012: “Spring Cleaning: Buffalo Exchange wants your sweaters and coats! Swap them out for spring goodies. Start thrifting.”
"HEARD ON THE RUNWAY" BY WSJ
The Wall Street Journal blog “Heard on the Runway” mentions Buffalo Exchange in “Bicycle Designer Helio Ascari (Photo)” on Jan 30, 2012: “To stay within budget, he frequents vintage stores; Buffalo Exchange [is one of] his favorites.”
WOAI SAN ANTONIO: “FIND GREAT SAVINGS”
San Antonio’s WOAI-TV Channel 4 News recommends Buffalo Exchange in “Find great savings at Buffalo Exchange” on Jan 16, 2012, 2 1/2 minutes: “Who doesn’t love a great bargain when shopping for clothes? Especially if it involves nothing but designer brands. So we conducted an experiment to see just how far $100 could take us.”