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By Brittany, Buffalo Exchange Sell By Mail

If you need to clean out your closet, but you’re busier than all get-out (hey, us too), make it easy on yourself! With Buffalo Exchange’s Sell By Mail program, you simply request a bag online, fill it up with your clothing and accessories and then drop it off at the UPS store. Within a few weeks, you could have cash or trade in your hands! No waiting in line required.

1) Request a bag

The first step is easy – just request a bag online! Then, keep an eye out for our bright yellow envelope in your mailbox. Your kit will contain a pre-paid UPS bag and a handy-dandy “How To Sell” card with all the info you need to know to sell your clothing.

Our pre-paid bag holds approximately 20 to 40 pieces of clothing. Some folks like to clean out their closet all at once, while others prefer to keep the bag in their closet and slowly fill it with pieces they just aren’t wearing anymore. With Sell By Mail, you can go at your own pace!

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2) Clean out your closet!

Whether you’re looking to clean out your summer staples to make room for your fall/winter wardrobe or you just have a few things that haven’t been getting worn, send it in! We buy the best of all seasons, all year round. Not sure what to pack? We’re always looking for men’s and women’s current styles and trends, designer clothing and everyday staples. Through Sell By Mail, keep in mind that we do not purchase swimwear, children’s clothing and accessories, maternity clothing, intimates, counterfeits, fur or bridal wear. We also don’t buy clothing from fast-fashion and discount brands like Forever 21, H&M, Old Navy, Aeropostale, Target, Walmart or Kohl’s.

Check out our most current Sell by Mail needs here.

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Meet Danyel Beck, Buyer and Personal Style Guru

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By Buffalo Exchange Los Angeles (Santa Monica)

Having a job in fashion is a great way to explore new styles and refine your own personal tastes – especially when that job is at Buffalo Exchange, where new inspiration comes into the store daily! Buffalo Exchange Los Angeles (Santa Monica) employee Danyel loves bringing her streetwear-inspired personal style to work every day and constantly discovering new things about fashion. As she puts it, Buyers are “50% fashion encyclopedias, 50% curious.” Read on to find out more!

How would you describe your personal style?
I like to think of my style as street mixed with a touch of elegance. My go-to look is tomboy/chic, which basically means an oversized T-shirt or dress, jeans and sneakers (or heels if I’m going out on the weekend). Add a cute cross-body bag and, of course, BIG HAIR and I’m all set!

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The Times They Are A-Changin’: Winter-to-Spring Outfits to Wear Now

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By Aarian Frye, Buffalo Exchange HQ; Photos from Buffalo Exchange Portland (Hawthorne)

 

Oh, January. No matter where you are in the country, you’re probably kind of over the whole winter cyclone thing. Plus, after dressing up for most of December, it’s easy to fall into a post‐holiday fashion slump. Fortunately, we here at Buffalo Exchange have got your parka‐covered back! With help from Buffalo Exchange Portland (Hawthorne), we’ve put together some cozy winter-to-spring outfits that you can start wearing now. As the weather warms up, simply peel off a layer or two!

Café – Oh, Late!

Buffalo Exchange, Headquarters, Portland (Hawthorne), Winter-to-Spring outfits, denim jacket and white boots

We can all agree that getting out of bed is especially difficult on overcast winter days. So, if you ever find yourself late to a coffee date with your BFF, throw on cropped black pants with an oversized sweatshirt (we suggest going sporty chic with a purposefully worn‐in team logo) and a denim jacket. Finish it off with a chunky circle scarf and a pair of mod white booties. When the temperatures begin to rise, this is one of those winter-to-spring outfits that you can easily modify by ditching the jacket and scarf and rolling up the varsity sweatshirt sleeves. Next thing you know, you’ll be too cool for school.

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From Good Deed to a New Career in Retail Management: Meet Chris Hamrick

Buffalo Exchange San Francisco Mission Retail Management Career of Chris Hamrick

By Mary McMahon, Buffalo Exchange HQ

Next time you see a piece of trash on the ground, you might just want to pick it up – you never know where it might lead! For Chris Hamrick, this simple good deed jump-started his career in retail management with Buffalo Exchange. Back in 2003, he was trying on clothes at his local Buffalo when he noticed a piece of trash on the fitting room floor. His retail background had taught him to notice this type of thing, so he went ahead and picked it up. This rare, helpful gesture caught the attention of the manager and, next thing you know, Chris was getting hired as a brand new Buyer at our Haight Street location in San Francisco.

The Right Fit

Buffalo Exchange San Francisco Mission Career in Retail Management Chris Hamrick with Airstream

Chris took to the job like a fish to water (or maybe a Buffalo to the plain?). He immediately found that he loved talking fashion with customers and meeting people from all different walks of life. He even started counting many of his regulars as friends. In particular, he remembers a customer who always came in to shop and chat but rarely walked away with anything. So Chris did what any good Buyer would do – he asked what the customer was looking for! When he found out the customer was shopping for streetwear gems, Chris helped his store to keep an eye out for these items. Even though Chris has a flair for vintage and is usually decked out in head-to-toe 70s, he loves fashion and found the process of learning about all different types of styles fascinating.

When You Love Your Job

Buffalo Exchange San Francisco Mission Career in Retail Management Chris Hamrick

Within a few years of starting at the Haight Street store, Chris’s hard work and passion for helping customers won him a promotion to Buyer Expert and, just a year later, Buyer Trainer. But it didn’t stop there! In 2015, Chris transferred to our San Francisco Mission District location and jumped head-first into his career in retail management – he was quickly promoted to Associate Manager, then Store Manager. Now celebrating 14 years in the herd, he is excited for the fun new challenge of being a Store Manager. There’s always work to be done, but he knows he can succeed in his new role by focusing on the things that matter most: great clothes and great customers!

For anyone out there like Chris who loves fashion and loves meeting new people, stop by your local Buffalo Exchange to fill out an application or apply online today! We’re always looking for friendly individuals to join our team. And hey, who knows? It might just be the start of your new career in fashion or retail management.

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The Ultimate Closet Cleanout Guide: 7 Tips for Getting Organized & Selling Your Clothes

Buffalo Exchange Sell By Mail Closet Cleanout Guide

By Jessica Pruitt, Buffalo Exchange HQ

Cleaning out your closet is already a long-procrastinated chore, but once you have everything sorted into “Keep”, “Sell” and “Donate” piles, what next? If you’re anything like me, you’re probably ready to pour yourself a tall glass of wine and veg out for 3 days straight. Fortunately, with Buffalo Exchange’s Sell By Mail option, you can pretty much do just that. You simply request a Sell By Mail bag online, fill it with your closet cleanout and then drop it off with UPS. Voila! No more piles of clothes covering your living room floor. Plus, next thing you know, you could have cash or a Buffalo Exchange store credit card being sent straight to your mailbox!

How to Get Started with Your Closet Cleanout

Buffalo Exchange Sell By Mail Closet Cleanout Pile of Clothes

If you haven’t done a closet cleanout in a while, we recommend going Marie Kondo on your wardrobe: this means taking every single item out of your closet, giving the whole thing a good wipe-down and then only putting back the pieces you truly love. Emptying your closet completely may seem overwhelming, but it makes it easier to evaluate every item, rather than just skimming off the top. Plus, it’s more fun than you would think to rediscover sequined party dresses, your favorite tees from high school and other items you completely forgot you had.

If you’ve cleaned out your closet within the past few months, you can instead remove only the items you don’t feel 100% sure about keeping. Need a little extra motivation to get started? Go shopping! It’s always easier to say goodbye to pieces you’re no longer wearing when you have new favorites to replace them with.

Wear Your “Maybes” One More Time

Buffalo Exchange Sell By Mail Closet Cleanout Orange Pencil Skirt and Clogs Outfit

This is my personal favorite closet cleanout method. Start by pulling out any items you’re on the fence about – whether they’re in the never-worn-it, bored-of-it or forgot-I-had-this category. Over the next week, challenge yourself to wear each one of these items. Try mixing them up by adding a belt or a layering piece or even just a different pair of shoes. Best case scenario, you come up with a bunch of interesting new outfit combinations. Worst case scenario, you kind of dislike your outfit for the day. But hey, even this is a win because you’ll be able to toss the item into your Sell By Mail bag without hesitation.

Roast Your Closet

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It’s no secret that we all get by with a little help from our friends, so when it comes to your closet cleanout, don’t go it alone! Invite a group of your besties over for a closet “roast”. Have each person take one of the items you’re thinking about selling or donating and style it into an outfit. Then, set your friends up with sharpies and paper so they can vote, Olympic ice skating-style, and do a runway show!

Ultimately, it’s your opinion about the item that counts, but it can really help to have an objective opinion. Repay your friends by plying them with wine and takeout. When you’ve figured out which items to keep and which ones to sell, head down to Buffalo Exchange and sell your past favorites for new ones!

Try the Scarf Method

To gather some scientific data before diving into your closet cleanout, tie a scarf onto the hanging bar in your closet. Then, every time you wear an item, hang it back up on the other side of the scarf. This is a low maintenance way of figuring out which items you actually wear and which ones you’re just being hopeful about. Alternatively, you can try turning your hangers backwards every time you wear an item.

The Top 4 Closet Cleanout Questions

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Ok, now for the fun part. Turn on a playlist of your favorite tunes and start trying stuff on. This is basically your own personal fashion show, so live it up! Dancing in the mirror and taking lots of selfies highly encouraged. For each item, consider the following questions:

  1. Does it still fit? If not, get rid of it!
  2. Have I worn it in the last year? Be honest. Unless it’s a special occasion dress or one-of-a-kind vintage, chances are you should sell it.
  3. Is it still my style? You’re constantly evolving, so why shouldn’t your closet follow suit? You may look super cute in the item, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll wear it again.
  4. Is it damaged? If so, will you repair it? If it will sit in a fix-me pile until your next cleanout, then it may be time to donate.

These can definitely be hard questions to answer, but they’ll help you find your way to closet cleanout bliss. If you find yourself getting stuck, call up your BFF for moral support!

Sell by Mail, Put into Storage or Donate

Buffalo Exchange Sell By Mail Closet Cleanout Bright Clothes in Bag

Once you’ve decided on the pieces you’re going to clean out of your closet, sort them into 3 piles: sell, store and donate. For anything that’s still in relatively good condition, pack it up into your Sell By Mail bag. Buffalo Exchange’s Sell By Mail program buys the best of all seasons, all year round, so if it’s a current, quality item in excellent condition, don’t worry if it’s out of season! For any out-of-season items that you plan on keeping, put them into storage bins rather than keeping them in your closet. Everything else can go in the donate pile to drop off at your favorite non-profit.

Spruce Up Your Closet

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Now that you love everything in your closet, show it how much you care! Spruce up your closet with these tips:

  • Invest in some nice new hangers – either wood or slim velvet ones.
  • Store everything in plain sight – you’ll be more likely to wear items if you can see them.
  • Fold heavy items like sweaters and denim on open shelves in your closet.
  • Separate your clothing into categories like casual/weekend and dressy/workwear and sort by color.

Ahhhh, there’s nothing quite like a clean closet, is there? After you drop your Sell By Mail bag off with UPS, it’s time to sit back and relax! I don’t know about you, but I’m going to use all that extra free time to cozy up beside Fireplace for Your Home while doing a little online window shopping. After all, once my trade arrives in the mail, I’m going to be ready to shop up a storm at my local Buffalo Exchange.

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Happy New Year to Each and Every Buffalo!

Buffalo Exchange Happy New Year 2018

As 2017 comes to a close, we’re thinking about our hopes and resolutions for 2018, but we’re also thinking about all the great things that happened over the past year. We’d like to say thank you to all who have made our success possible. Best wishes and Happy New Year to all of our wonderful Buffalos – customers and employees alike! We couldn’t do it without you. Cheers to a fantastic 2018!

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New Year’s Eve Outfits: 3 Ways to Style a Sequin Dress

By Jessica Pruitt, Buffalo Exchange HQ; Clothing from Buffalo Exchange Tucson

When planning the perfect New Year’s Eve outfits, getting started is easy – all you need is a sequin dress bright enough to rival the Times Square ball! Accessorizing the look, however, can be a whole different story. Whether you want to re-wear last year’s dress in a new way or you just want to make it fit your individual style, we bring you 3 different ways to style the same sequin dress!

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If you love Breakfast at Tiffany’s and take fashion inspo from stars like Audrey Hepburn and Greta Garbo, then this classically chic look is perfect for you. To start, we opted for simple yet elegant footwear – pointy-toed block heels. Then, we added a vintage clutch and pearl-adorned gloves to really give it a 1950s feel.  For major glam factor? A faux fur jacket in navy blue, of course! Keep the understated elegance of this look by finishing it off with simple silver jewelry.Full Story

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Holiday Style Hustle: 11 Quick and Easy Holiday Party Looks

 

By Aarian Frye, Buffalo Exchange HQ ; Photos from Buffalo Exchange Albuquerque

We’ve all been there: you’re at home in your pajamas, chowing down on some cookies and deciding what to binge-watch next. Suddenly, you remember: there’s a holiday party tonight and you don’t have anything to wear! Fret not, my fellow procrastinator. We’ve rounded up the cutest holiday style to get you out the door and on the dance floor on the fly. Just head to your local Buffalo Exchange and we can help you throw something together!Full Story

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Men’s Holiday Style Guide: What to Wear to Every Party This December

Buffalo Exchange Tucson Men's Holiday Style

By Jessica Pruitt, Buffalo Exchange HQ; Clothing from Buffalo Exchange Tucson

Holiday season generally means parties, parties and more parties, each with their own unique flair and their own unique dress codes. If you’re wondering what to wear to your next holiday sweater party, a casual family gathering, a house party with friends or an upscale blowout, we’ve got you covered! Read on our for our favorite men’s holiday looks of the year.

The Holiday Sweater Party

Buffalo Exchange Tucson. Men's holiday. Plaid, festive sweater.

 

It wouldn’t be December without a classic holiday sweater party! This is your one chance to really turn the kitsch up to max volume, so the more quirk, the better. First step is finding a delightful holiday sweater – we recommend Buffalo Exchange, of course. We paired our holiday vest with a matching plaid button-up, jeans in a warm caramel color and green leather Vans. And who could forget the matching tree socks?! Pro tip: be sure to cuff your pants to let your fun socks shine through.

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Unique Ways to Wear Your Holiday Sweaters

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By Buffalo Exchange NYC (Chelsea)

Holidays sweaters make a statement all on their own, but why not take your look to the next level? Here at Buffalo Exchange Chelsea, we rounded up some fun new ways to wear your holiday sweaters so that you’ll feel fresh and funky whether it’s your first holiday gathering of the year or your 10th.

Biggie It’s Cold Outside

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Biggie, Biggie, Biggie, can’t you see? Sometimes, your sweaters just hypnotize me. To amp up the style of this notoriously good holiday sweater, pair with matching kicks, gold statement jewelry and just a hint of cheetah print for a look that’ll have your friends throwing their hands in the air.

Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel

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Before your next game of dreidel, you may want to throw on this sweater for good luck. When you do, help these happy little dreidels make their punk rock dreams come true by adding fishnets and Doc Martens with matching laces.

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“FASHION AND FINANCE: MAKE MONEY AND SAVE MONEY WITH THE BUFFALO EXCHANGE” BY REWARDEXPERT

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RewardExpert featured Buffalo Exchange in an article titled “Fashion and Finance: Make Money and Save Money with the Buffalo Exchange” on December 14, 2017. “For more than 40 years, Buffalo Exchange has been providing quality clothing and helping people feel good about selling their old clothes and getting new ones.”

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