Buffalo Exchange Spring Summer Zine

Extra, Extra! Buffalo Exchange Spring/Summer Zine Is Out Now!

By Jessica Pruitt

April showers bring…our latest spring/summer zine! As the weather warms up, we’re loving bright colors and fun patterns from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s – don’t miss our “Trends We loved and Still Do” pages for some of our favorite pieces. Whether you’re doing a general spring clean or paring down as you move out of a dorm room, be sure to read Professional Organizer Star Hansen’s handy tips for tackling your closet. Plus, since we’re celebrating 45 years of business and fashion this year, we share a quick timeline of Buffalo Exchange history. Stop by your local Buffalo Exchange to pick up a free copy of the zine or check it out online!

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Finding the Joy in Your Closet Cleanout

Star Hansen chimes in with some surprising tips to help you get your closet just a little more organized. One of her top tips? The more categories, the better! Categorize by function rather than color, she advises, and use closet rod dividers to label each section. She believes that a happy closet = a happy you, so pick up a copy of our latest zine to find out more!

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Summer Bag Trends We Love

Looking for ways to add a little zip to your spring wardrobe? It’s all in the accessories! Peek some of our favorite spring bags – from bright and fuzzy to holographic to fresh takes on a classic wicker bag – at Buffalo Exchange Houston.

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Celebrating 45 Years of Business and Fashion at Buffalo Exchange!

By Aarian Frye; Tucson 45th Anniversary Party Photos by Kaitie Brainerd

In 1974, the first Buffalo Exchange opened its doors in Tucson, Arizona as a thrift store with a twist: it had a curated selection and a buy-sell-trade model beneficial to both shoppers and sellers. Fast forward 45 years to 2019 and Buffalo Exchange has flourished into 50 stores across the US – from New York to California, each Buffalo has its own unique personality and style. Where do those stores get their inimitable style from? The communities they’re a part of! In March, we thanked our fabulous customers for their loyalty during our 45 years of business with a vintage pop-up shop at all of our stores across the country.

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Sonia Barcelona performing at Buffalo Exchange Las Vegas

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@SouthwestMother at Buffalo Exchange Tucson

@SouthwestMother at Buffalo Exchange Tucson

Yummy Treats and Cartel Coffee Cold Brew at Buffalo Exchange Tempe

Cartel Coffee Cold Brew at Buffalo Exchange Tempe

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Vintage Finds at Buffalo Exchange Phoenix

@MsMaverickMuse at Buffalo Exchange La Brea

@MsMaverickMuse at Buffalo Exchange La Brea

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Amazing Betty Boop Jacket at Buffalo Exchange Long Beach

Darden Sisters Band Performing at Buffalo Exchange Fullerton

Darden Sisters Band Performing at Buffalo Exchange Fullerton

Fun Finds Shopping at Buffalo Exchange Santa Monica

Fun Finds at Buffalo Exchange Santa Monica

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Buffalo Exchange Eugene

Buffalo Exchange Seattle Market

Buffalo Exchange Seattle Market

Buffalo Exchange Bellingham Vintage Dresses

Vintage Dresses at Buffalo Exchange Bellingham

Buffalo Exchange Austin VIntage Pop-Up Shop

Buffalo Exchange Austin Vintage Pop-Up Shop

Buffalo Exchange Dallas Vintage Bags

Vintage Beaded Bags at Buffalo Exchange Dallas

Buffalo Exchange 45th Anniversary Vintage Pop-Up Shop, Buffalo Exchange Nashville

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Vintage Pop-Up Shopping at Buffalo Exchange Nashville

Buffalo Exchange Atlanta

Buffalo Exchange Atlanta

Buffalo Exchange Philadelphia

Buffalo Exchange Philadelphia

Buffalo Exchange Chelsea Vintage Pop-Up Shop

Buffalo Exchange Chelsea Vintage Pop-Up Shop

Buffalo Exchange 45th Anniversary Vintage Pop-Up Shop, Buffalo Exchange Astoria

Buffalo Exchange Astoria Vintage Pop-Up Shop

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Roseann Fino Performing at Buffalo Exchange Astoria

As a special thank you, we also threw a 45th Anniversary party in Tucson to celebrate our employees, business partners and everyone else who has made our success possible. From vintage embroidery and cowboy denim to an unbelievable collection of Southwestern jewelry, all of the attendees arrived dressed-to-impress in their Western garb, ready to hit the dance floor. Scroll through to see some of the best fashion of the night!

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Buffalo Exchange Tucson Wants Your Closet Cleanout!

Howdy, Tucson! Buffalo Exchange is stocking up for spring and summer and we want your closet cleanout! We’re currently looking for warm-weather pieces like dresses, tank tops, shorts and women’s T-shirts. If you have clothes more fit for fall and winter, bring them in, too – we buy all seasons, year round! For the fellas, we’re especially on the hunt for great jackets and sweaters. One more thing: don’t forget the footwear like canvas sneakers, espadrilles and sandals for men and women. Your closet cleanout could turn into cash or trade to spend on your new spring look!


Dante Celeiro Receives 2018 Buffalo Exchange Arts Award

 

By Savy Kroop and header art by Jessica Gonzalez

Every year, the Buffalo Exchange Arts Award honors a member of the local art community in Southern Arizona with $10,000 so that they can continue doing their great work. On January 29, 2019, family, friends and other local artists gathered at the University of Arizona Poetry Center to celebrate as this year’s winner, Dante Celeiro, accepted the award.

Dante Celeiro accepting the 2018 Buffalo Exchange Arts Award from Kerstin Block, Founder of Buffalo Exchange

History of the Arts Award

The Buffalo Exchange Arts Award was established in 1994 by Buffalo Exchange founders Kerstin Block and Spencer Block to highlight emerging artists in the performing and visual arts as well as individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the arts through education, organization and advocacy. Each year, candidates are selected by two separate panels of experts who are familiar with the Southern Arizona Arts scene. Over the years, Buffalo Exchange has worked alongside the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona to award over $200,000 to 24 Southern Arizona artists.

Community Leader Dante Celeiro

Hailing from NYC before heading to the Southwest, Dante has been involved with social activism in the arts community for over 25 years. He started the Tucson AIDS memorial quilt panels at the Southern Arizona Aids Foundation and now manages Boys R Us, Arizona’s first gender performance troupe. Feeling that there needed to be more safe spaces for the LGBTQIA+ community, he also created Fluxx, a non-profit that advocates open dialogue about queer culture. The organization aims to boost visibility and encourage the creation of queer arts and culture through exhibitions, performance art and workshops. Fluxx recently hosted a 10-week “School of Drag” program, for example, that taught 11- to 16-year-olds about the history of drag, makeup, costumes, wigs and dance.

Photo by Rachel Castillo

At Buffalo Exchange, we know that we owe our success to the communities that surround us. “We’ve always believed that art is essential to the well-being of the community,” says Buffalo Exchange Founder Kerstin Block, “and Dante really exemplifies that. He has dedicated himself to mentoring young people in the arts and providing them with safe spaces where they can be themselves. We’re proud to support someone who has done so much for LGBTQ youth.”