6 Non-Profits You Can Support by Shopping at Buffalo Exchange

6 Non-Profits You Can Support by Shopping at Buffalo Exchange

 

Every six months, we support new local non-profits through our Tokens for Bags® program. Instead of giving out bags, we give customers the opportunity to donate five cents (the cost of the bag) to one of four local non-profits each time they shop. Since starting this program in 1994, we’ve raised over 803,000 for thousands of local organizations and kept over 16 million single-use plastic bags out of the environment. Read on for a sampling of some of the heartwarming orgs you can support right now!

Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee

The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee

When you shop at Buffalo Exchange Nashville, you can support The Elephant Sanctuary. This non-profit provides captive elephants with individualized care, the companionship of a herd & the opportunity to live out their lives in a safe haven dedicated to their well-being.

Love a bulldog

Love-A-Bull in Austin

Love-A-Bull promotes responsible guardianship & improves the image & lives of pit bull-type dogs through community support, education, advocacy & rescue. You can support these adorable pit-bulls just by shopping at Buffalo Exchange Austin!

Artreach San Diego

Artreach in San Diego

Artreach provides free visual arts residencies & mural programs in schools throughout San Diego County regardless of zip code or socioeconomic status so that kids can participate in uplifting murals like these. You can help out this awesome program when you shop at Buffalo Exchange San Diego (Pacific Beach). Just drop a token in their box!

Lessons for Life

Lessons For Life in Richmond

Do you love setting young adults up for success? Then give back to Lessons for Life when you shop at Buffalo Exchange Richmond! Lessons For Life provides high school students guidance with financial literacy, occupational opportunities, life skills, college tours and workforce etiquette.

Berkeley Humane

Berkeley Humane in San Francisco

These adorable furry faces need your help! And it’s easy to do when you shop at Buffalo Exchange San Francisco (Mission). Berkeley Humane provides life-saving programs for cats and dogs, cultivates compassion and strengthens the human-animal bond. Drop a token in their box next time you stop into the store!

Deeds not Words

Deeds Not Words

Deeds Not Words galvanizes the power of young women to advance gender equity through organizing, policy-making, art and voting. Show your support next time you shop at Buffalo Exchange Austin!

With Tokens for Bags®, not only can you support fantastic local non-profits in your community, but you also help out the environment by skipping the single-use plastic bag. If you do need a bag, Buffalo Exchange sells cute  reusable totes made of 70% recycled plastic bottles. What are you waiting for? Stop into your local Buffalo to support a wide variety of great local organizations!


10 Trends for Back to School 2021 - Blog Header with photos of 7 Back to School style photos

10 Things You Need to Go Back to School in Style!

After a year-long hiatus, back to school season is, well, back! To make up for the time we all spent behind screens instead of showing off outfits IRL, you’re probably searching the web for stylish pieces to up your fall-semester fashion game. Look no further than Buffalo Exchange! To expedite your back to school shopping, we’ve compiled a list of must-have trends. Scroll through for a crash course in the pieces you’ll need in your closet this fall. 

Bright Sweaters

Make yourself stand out from the crowd (and make it easier for your friends to spot you in the library!) in colorful pullovers.

Bright green Ralph Lauren sweater

Two sweaters are shown. One is a vintage yellow 'Peanuts Charlie Brown' and the other is bright orange cable knit.

Colorful sweaters with intarsia stitching that reads "BRUTAL" and "DREAM"

Sweater Vests

Speaking of sweaters, their sleeveless cousins are so nice, we had to write about them twice. Wear them alone with your favorite pair of bermuda shorts while the weather’s still warm and then layer up with a long-sleeve tee or button up and jeans as the temps begin to cool.

Argyle sweater vest styled with turtleneck underneath and a pleated skirt Sweater vest styled with t-shirt underneath, trackpants and beanie. Plaid pleated skirt styled with cropped green t-shirt and bucket hat Argyle sweater vest styled with navy blue shorts and black sneakers

Vintage Tees 

Nothing says “effortlessly cool” like a vintage band or pop-culture tee. Get the conversation started with your new classmates in a unique T-shirt. When they ask where you found it, you can say “Buffalo Exchange!”

Vintage graphic tee styled with bright blue cargo pants Vintage Nirvana 'Heart Shaped Box' orchid t shirt Jimi Hendrix t shirt

Jumpsuits and Overalls

Nothing says “running late to class” like a chic one piece — dress it up or down depending on the day’s itinerary!

Carhartt tan overalls with plaid button down shirt Silk navy blue jumpsuit with silver star embroidery Denim overalls styled with white t-shirts and sneakers

Printed Pants

Who says that “going-out” tops get to have all the fun? Bring the party with fun patterned and printed pants.

Brown checkered pants styled with cropped brown polo green and beige swirl-patterned pants styled with mesh top and platform sneakers primary color palette jumpsuit and checkered pants

Pleated Skirts

This preppy trend is surprisingly versatile. Play it cool with a solid color or go all out with a punk-inspired take on traditional plaid!

lavender pleated skirt white pleated skirt styled with green paisley blouse Orange pleated skirt and vinyl moto jacket Plaid skirts styled with vintage Harley Davidson t-shirts

Midi Dresses

Hemlines rise and fall, but the midi dress is forever (and they’re just as easy to wear as those jumpsuits and overalls we mentioned earlier!)

Leopard print midi dress styled over jeans and mules Floral midi dress House of Sunny green dress styled with white Buffalo London platform sneakers

Denim

No back to school list is complete without denim! We’ve seen an explosion of denim trends this year, from the return of low rise to a rekindled love of 90s flares. Experiment with different cuts and washes to find your signature style!

bleached denim paired with platform sneakers and cropped tank top Classic jeans paired with plain white t-shirt and brown chelsea boots Loose-fit denim styled with oversized layered t-shirts

Cool Sneakers 

When your lecture starts in 10 minutes and you’re all the way across campus, comfy sneakers in current silhouettes and colorways will go the distance all semester long.

Gucci sneakers styled with olive cargo pants and camo jacket Silver Golf Le Fleur x Converse sneakers Samurai Rising Vans slip-on sneakers Two pairs of converse Run Star Hike platform Sneakers

Platform Boots

If you haven’t already, consider these a closet staple. Platform boots work with pretty much everything, and they’re perfect for elevating even the most casual looks!

Black platform boots and loafers styled with 90s grunge-inspired pieces Platform white and black boots styled with red polka dot dress (left) and yellow skirt with plaid shirt (right) Taupe platform Jeffrey Campbell boots

Ready to press ‘purchase’ on that online shopping wishlist? Not so fast: instead of overspending online for pieces you’re not sure you’ll love, shop sustainably at Buffalo Exchange! As a secondhand shop, you can find the same styles you’re drawn to online at Buffalo without withdrawing your entire savings account — that’s better for your wallet and the environment. Plus, Buffalo Exchange has Student Discount Day on August 28th, where you can get 10% off of your entire purchase when you show your student ID! 

Need another reason to shop at Buffalo Exchange? Now through September 30th, sell your closet cleanout for your chance to win a $100 Buffalo Exchange gift card. Look at you, being such a savvy college student — your parents would be so proud!


5 Fall 2021 Trends We Can’t Wait to Wear

5 Fall 2021 Trends We Can’t Wait to Wear

Fall is almost here! We’re looking forward to cooler weather, light jackets, pumpkin spice and everything else that comes with the season — including the newest upcoming trends! Since our sartorial adventures were put on hold last year, we can expect to see some big changes in style. We’re switching out neutrals for pops of color, relaxed leisurewear for elevated wide legged and slouchy pants and throwing it back to the early 2000s (we did have a lot of fun back then!).

Here are 5 fall 2021 trends that we can’t wait to wear this season. Some styles have been simmering for a few months, waiting for their time to shine, and some are fresh off the fashion presses! 

Super Saturated Color

It’s time to set aside all the neutral colors and refresh your closet with bright greens, punchy pinks and bold blues. Whether you’re looking for an accent piece or full-on monochromatic dressing, there’s a color-rich style for you!

Bright green blazer

Buffalo Exchange NoHo

cerulean blue outfits

Buffalo Exchange San Diego (Pacific Beach)

yellow two piece suit

Buffalo Exchange East Village 

Orange blouse

Buffalo Exchange Fullerton

The Return of Y2K

The era everybody is talking about! Some key pieces that are coming back: small handbags, logos, mesh tops, mini skirts, fun prints and flared pants. If you are looking for inspo, make sure to check out looks from celebrities like Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, The Spice Girls and Hillary Duff!

 

 

Spice girl inspired outfits

 Buffalo Exchange San Diego (Pacific Beach)

Y2K outfit

Buffalo Exchange Chicago (Andersonville)

cropped tank top and checkered flare pants

Buffalo Exchange San Diego (Pacific Beach)

Ultra-Relaxed Denim and Pants

We can’t talk about Y2K without mentioning its predecessor, the early and mid 1990s! When it comes to fall 2021 trends, super wide, ultra-relaxed bottoms are back in a major way. Work them into your wardrobe with casual denim, crisp khakis or fun printed party pants! 

Wide leg trousers and tees

Buffalo Exchange Portland (Hawthorne)

high waist wide leg pants

Buffalo Exchange Chicago (Wicker Park)

Red wide leg pants and crop top

Buffalo Exchange San Diego (Hillcrest)

wide leg cargo pants

Buffalo Exchange Sherman Oaks

Sweater Vests

While we’ve been seeing them for a season or two, we weren’t sure if this was a passing fad or a lasting trend. Now, we know that sweater vests have true style stamina! Try them out to smoothly transition your summer outfits to suit chilly fall days.

Green sweater vest set

Buffalo Exchange Houston

sweater vests and jeans

Buffalo Exchange Kansas City 

layering sweater vests

Buffalo Exchange Seattle (Ballard)

variety of sweater vests

Buffalo Exchange Kansas City

Apres Ski 

While we’re still a few months away from hitting the slopes, you can dress like you just jumped off the lift with ski suits and puffer jackets in retro color palettes like 80s pastels and primary color blocking! This fall 2021 trend is guaranteed to keep you warm and cozy. 

color block jacket and retro ski gear

Buffalo Exchange Chicago (Wicker Park)

vintage yellow ski jumpsuit

Buffalo Exchange Eugene

Pink snow jumpsuit and platform boots

Buffalo Exchange Sherman Oaks

Red winter jumpsuit and black sneakers

Buffalo Exchange Eugene

Ready to fill your closet with these fall trends? Before you shop, bring in your closet cleanout to Buffalo Exchange! We buy the best of all seasons year round, and your past-favorites could turn into trade to spend on your new looks. Plus, when you sell between now and September 30th, you could be entered for your chance to win a $100 Buffalo Exchange gift card! To shop and sell sustainably, find your nearest Buffalo Exchange location here