DU Clarion featured Buffalo Exchange in an article titled, “Best Denver Thrift Stores to Explore” on May 28, 2017. “Buffalo Exchange is a cultivated consignment shop where you can sell your clothes and either receive cash in exchange or trade for in-store credit. Besides the store’s intriguing interior design combination of bold and contemporary color schemes and rustic, western furniture, their clothing selection is unmatchable. You can find brands from Miu Miu to Free People and Steve Madden. … Before you stuff your winter clothes into a bin in the attic, sift through what you have for anything that could be sold or traded for a few new summer pieces at Buffalo Exchange. …”
By Buffalo Exchange Headquarters
Rocco Paone started working at Buffalo Exchange Brooklyn as a Buyer in 2007. Since then, he’s come a long way. Believe it or not, this mild-mannered young man recently distinguished himself as the very first person in Buffalo Exchange history to have worked in management at all 5 of our New York locations!
New York State of Mind
Rocco moved to Williamsburg in 2006, fresh from college in upstate NY. This was back when rent was still affordable in Brooklyn and he was eager to move to the Big City. He worked at our Brooklyn location for 3 and ½ years, climbing the ladder to earn an Associate Manager promotion in 2010.
In November 2010, Rocco helped open the Chelsea location as an Associate Manager and was amazed to watch business skyrocket from day one. From there, he rocked on to the Boerum Hill store in downtown Brooklyn and then to Astoria, Queens, all in 2013. He loved being part of the gamble Buffalo Exchange took opening in Queens – there was no other store like it in that part of New York.
By Monica Eckhoff, Buffalo Exchange HQ
This summer, it’s all about the details! We’re seeing the embroidery trend and colorful trims on everything from clothing to accessories. Take a look below at some of the fun styles we’re stocking our stores with. Maybe you’ll even get inspired for your next festival outfit!
This easy breezy prairie style maxi dress is perfect for a day out on the town. We’ve paired it with some embroidered velvet wedges for an on-trend look, head to toe. Add some sunglasses and you’re ready to go!
Need a new going out look for the weekend? Buffalo Exchange Hollywood employees Phillip, Chanell and Monet took a look through their racks to pull out some of their top picks for a night out on the town. From sequins to fringe, we’ve got you covered!
Phillip’s Pick: Two-Piece Sequin Set By Mayhem
Phillip loves how this look brings on 90s nostalgia but also has a modern cut that feels very current. Plus, who doesn’t love sequins?! For Phillip, the versatility of this piece is key: you can wear the skirt and top either together or separate, doubling this item’s outfitting potential.
By Jessica Pruitt, Buffalo Exchange HQ
Before I came to work at Buffalo Exchange Headquarters, I worked at our Hawthorne store in Portland for four and a half years, moving my way up from Buyer to Associate Manager. Though it was challenging, it was hands down the most fun and most rewarding job I’ve ever had and I took away life lessons that I wouldn’t be the same without. When I worked in the store, my mom would always say that I should write a book called Everything I Know, I Learned at the Buy Counter.
Lessons in Communication
The first lesson I learned while working at Buffalo Exchange was how to be honest and straightforward. When I started buying, I had a hard time turning down clothing from customers when I knew it wouldn’t sell for the store. But when I challenged myself to really say what we needed, I found the results to be overwhelmingly positive. I realized that people don’t like to be misled and that, even if they don’t like your answer, they appreciate the truth. This made my entire life less stressful and is a lesson that I carry with me to this day.
It Takes a Village
Working at the buy counter also taught me fast-paced decision making, teamwork and flexibility. Buying is more an art than a science and fashion is in a constant state of flux. This means that none of us have the 100% right answer 100% of the time and we always have something new to learn. It’s both humbling and empowering to learn how to drop your ego and work as a team.
As my Store Manager would always say, “It takes a village.” No matter how long you’ve been buying, you can always learn something from others – including new Buyers just starting out. You also have to be okay with making mistakes and learning from them, which I’ve found is a crucial aspect of personal growth. As Mrs. Frizzle always says, “Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!”
Taking on the Challenge
Generally, I find that the more you challenge yourself, the more you grow. Most days, I absolutely loved my job, but there were definitely days when I thought I would never be as good at buying or managing as I wanted to be. Having a supportive team made all the difference. Because Buffalo Exchange believes that work should be a place to grow both personally and professionally, I was able to do more than I ever thought myself capable of.
Sound like the job you’ve been waiting for? Stop into one of our 49 stores to fill out an application and meet our team. We’re always looking to hire individuals who love fashion, love people and love a challenge.
Jessica Pruitt is a writer, fashion enthusiast and long-time Buffalo. She worked in the Portland, Oregon store as a Buyer and Associate Manager for over four years before moving to Tucson to pursue her dream job in the Buffalo Exchange Marketing Department. In her free time, she enjoys singing as loudly and as frequently as possible, kickboxing and going on outdoor adventures.
By Buffalo Exchange Manhattan
The sun is out, the birds are chirping and we are beyond ready for warm weather at Buffalo Exchange Manhattan! While it may still be a little chilly outside, we aren’t waiting any longer to clean out our winter closets and stock up on spring and summer essentials. Our go-to looks this year include everything from bright florals for guys and gals to updated denim. Let’s take a look!
Flirty and feminine cuts are a breakout trend this season. Off-the-shoulder blouses with ruffle details and the occasional lace accent are becoming a new staple. Simple mules complete the look.
By Jessica Pruitt, Buffalo Exchange HQ
For Buffalo Exchange Founder Kerstin Block and her daughter/business partner Rebecca, fashion comes naturally. Like most mothers and daughters, though, they don’t always have the same taste when it comes to clothing. Even still, they seem to agree on most things – or at least which shoes to wear. When I sat down with them, they were both wearing the same pair!
The original treasure hunter
Kerstin describes her style as eclectic and vintage, noting that she has long used fashion as a way to stand out from the crowd and show off her unique viewpoint. “I always wanted to wear different clothes because I didn’t want to look like everybody else,” she says. This is probably why she has developed such a penchant for interesting and unusual clothing, namely 40s and 50s vintage and hand-embroidered blouses.
Kerstin can often be seen walking across the Buffalo Exchange campus in flowy linens and Eileen Fisher shoes or vintage dresses accented by classically Southwestern jewelry. Unsurprisingly, she is a Buffalo Exchange customer through and through: Kerstin loves searching out unique treasures in her free time and turns over the clothes in her closet regularly. “I love to shop,” she professes.
By: Savannah Rodriguez, Buffalo Exchange HQ
For me, my mom was the original influencer. Vintage silk gowns, artisan jewelry, structured classics and a sea of heels filled her closet. I would touch and try on everything, feeling the textures and checking the labels. The different silhouettes and fabrics helped me find my own style and develop an appreciation for quality construction. Some of my most beloved pieces, like a vintage Navajo onyx cuff and a 50s Hermes scarf, were gifts from my mother. Such heirlooms are the key to transforming a wardrobe from trendy to timeless.
Building a Distinctive Wardrobe
My mother is a master of shopping – she knows no boundaries. She will strike gold in the most unlikely of places, like a small neighborhood market at a park in Tecate, Mexico, where her family is from. There, she bought me an embroidered, handmade backpack that I adored and still have to this day. My mother was a frequent shopper of both Buffalo Exchange and Nordstrom. She taught me that the price you pay is irrelevant – it’s the quality that matters. Her keen eye for style and openness to look for it wherever she goes inspires me to do the same.
By Buffalo Exchange Boston (Allston)
At Buffalo Exchange Boston (Allston), we are getting inspired for summer fashion with some of these fresh finds from our racks. We draw inspiration from our wide range of stylish customers and from the diversity of Allston. Our neighborhood is home to students, artists, musicians and fashion lovers alike, so we like to have a little something for everyone! Oh and the best part? All of these looks are under $50!
Ify looks adorable in this menswear-inspired look. She updates this soft neoprene H&M bomber jacket ($21) with a casual and cool floral shirt from H&M ($10) and distressed jeans from Forever 21 ($12).
By Jessica Pruitt, Buffalo Exchange HQ
Hey you! Yeah, you! Did you shop our Earth Day $1 Sale this past Saturday? Then go ahead and give yourself a huge high five! With your help, we raised $52,483 for The Humane Society of the United States in support of their efforts to encourage pet adoption. That’s more than we’ve ever raised before – and we couldn’t have done it without you! In the four months leading up to Earth Day, we also collected 1,390 furs through our Coats for Cubs Drive, which are shipping out to animal rehabilitators across the nation as we speak. If it wasn’t already obvious, we love animals.
A bit about our $1 Sale
This Earth Day, forty-seven Buffalo Exchange stores nationwide offered a selection of men’s and women’s clothing for $1 apiece. Thousands of shoppers responded, gathering early Saturday morning to score deals on designer, vintage and everyday staples. Why get out of bed before 10am on a Saturday –and skip brunch, to boot? Even the non-morning people among us know that $1 items go quick.