By Buffalo Exchange Albuquerque
Photography by Marita Weil
A crowd of people were anxiously awaiting the opening of the pop-up shop this morning. As they flooded in looking at the amazing collection of vintage and western Wear, which we had curated over the past eight months, a wave of emotion came over me. Our pet project for almost a year was finally ready to be shown to our wonderful Burquenos!
Now you might be thinking we are only boasting about how amazing our collection was, but I assure you, we are not! I like to think it’s the dry weather here but people constantly tell us stories at the buy counter of opening a chest that hasn’t been opened in 40 years and pulling out mint condition dresses from the 50s. Our collection was definitely something to be proud of. It was filled with tons of tooled leather purses, vintage silver jewelry, and a huge selection of cowboy boots. A Gunny Sack wedding dress, tons of traditional Mexican embroidered blouses and dresses, several Japanese style silk dresses and kimonos, a Dolly Parton tee from the 70s, and embroidered pearl snap shirts that would make you cry. We even had a little section for some beautiful vintage aprons. Some of our best customers were ones that just came to sell that day or were just passing by. But my favorite ‘Tour’ story was one told by a long time customer, Sky. She was celebrating her birthday with her friend, Linda. When she remembered that our party was today she abandoned their former plans to come here instead. She thought it was perfect because it was Linda who had originally introduced her to Buffalo Exchange years ago on her birthday. We were very lucky to have so many people come celebrate with us! The Boiler Monkey food truck made sure we were well fed, Carlos the Tall and Mickey from Youngsville came to serenade us and SNAP SMILE POP set up an amazing photo booth, so we could remember forever. Spending the day talking about the long and sweet history of this company and drooling over beautiful pieces was more than we could have asked for. Saddened by the sight of the Airstream pulling away, we are all focused on the rest of the Tour and maybe a well-earned nap. Good luck Dallas! They’re comin’ for ya!