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.
OUR VICE PRESIDENT CHATS WITH ANNA CROSWELL
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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 November 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.
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."
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.”
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: "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 cream 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: "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"
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.
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."
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.”