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4 Tips for Selling Clothes From a Buffalo Exchange Buyer

In my tenure as a Buffalo Exchange employee, I’ve spent many hours behind the buy counter, and I’ve seen it all: the good, the not-as-good and the totally unexpected. To those new to the world of resale fashion, the process of selling at Buffalo can feel shrouded in mystery. But fear not: here are my tips on how to get the most out of your closet cleanout and have the most successful selling trip!  

In case you’re in a hurry, here’s the TLDR for selling clothes at Buffalo: 

  • Launder your items first & check for spots, rips, missing buttons, broken zippers, etc
  • Bring in a variety of items (t-shirts, sweaters, shorts, jackets, pants, dresses — you name it!)
  • Get familiar with your store and ask your Buyer what they’re looking for 
  • Take the trade!

Buffalo Exchange employee stands behind rack between two groups of hung clothing
Coming Clean: Before Selling Clothes, Throw Them In the Laundry!

Even with the coolest, most stylish clothing, Buffalo can’t buy anything with spots, tears, rips or broken zippers — unless, of course, it’s purposely distressed denim or a vintage tee so amazing that a little spot doesn’t matter. As you sort your laundry, take a look to make sure everything you plan on selling is in the best possible condition. A little detergent (or even dish soap, if you’ve got a grease stain!) will go a long way in keeping your clothes from the dreaded “give back” stack. If needed, try your hand at mending any small rips or reattaching loose buttons. The same goes for shoes and accessories: do a double take for any loose or chipped heels, lifting soles, excessive wear or dirt. If you can clean it up, awesome. If it seems a little too worn, you may want to plan to donate it to your favorite local non-profit.

Neatly organized closet with hanging clothing, shoe boxes and Buffalo Exchange tote bags

Two pairs of platform Dr.Martens boots sit in the center of a floor in front of Buffalo Exchange tote bags and a rack full of clothing on white plastic hangers.

Bring It All: We Buy the Best of All Seasons!

One of the biggest misconceptions about selling clothes at Buffalo is that they only buy what’s in season, when they actually buy the best of all seasons, year round. Here’s what that means: say it’s summer, but you just moved from a colder climate to somewhere the sun’s always shining, and you’ve got a massive box of stylish sweaters you won’t be wearing anytime soon. Sure, the store may be primarily looking for warm-weather istyles like tees and lightweight blouses, but for super-desirable pieces in top-notch condition, they still might be able to buy them. No matter how style-savvy you may be, each Buffalo’s inventory needs change from day to day, so when in doubt, bring it in!

Buffalo Exchange employee with pink hair and metallic-striped black jumpsuit stands beside sandwich board that reads what Buffalo Exchange was currently buying at the time the photo was taken.

Buffalo Exchange employee behind Buy Counter reviews a pair of tie-dye Nike sneakers from a customer's buy

Let’s Chat: Talk to Your Buyer and Take a Tour of the Store!

When thinking about selling clothes at Buffalo Exchange, how do you know what’s in style? How do you know if your clothes have “too much condition”? What’s the difference between flared and wide leg jeans?! Ask your Buyer! The best way to learn more about selling and what’s in demand right now is to hang out as your Buyer looks through your cleanout and ask questions. We love to talk fashion! More of a visual learner? Take a look at what’s on the sales floor. As you go through the racks, you’ll notice all sorts of styles and trends you may not have known we buy, and some you might even have still hanging in your closet!

Buffalo Exchange Buyer wearing blue blouse stands behind jewelry counterClose up of digital Buffalo Exchange trade card with a stack of clothing at the check out counter in background

Cashing in on Your Cleanout: Take the Trade!!!

So you’ve done your laundry, packed your bags, showed up to your appointment and successfully sold your closet cleanout. Congratulations! Now, the question is: cash or trade? While this is totally a matter of personal preference, I’d be remiss if I didn’t advocate for taking the trade. Here’s why: the cash payout is 25% of the price they can sell the item for, while trade is 50% percent. That’s enough reason on its own to go for trade, but it’s not just a numbers game: at Buffalo Exchange, trade NEVER expires, and you can use it at any location. Trust me: even if nothing catches your eye in the store on one particular day, your future self will thank you.

Buffalo Exchange employee in vest, layered orange sweaters and black pants stands in front of chalkboard painted on wall that reads "Buffalo Exchange, Bring Us Your Clothes, Get Cash or Trade on the Spot"

Feeling ready to sell your closet cleanout? Book an appointment to sell at your local Buffalo Exchange! Remember to be on time for your appointment, bring your government-issued ID and pack up 50 items or less. We can’t wait to see you!