By Jessica Pruitt, Buffalo Exchange HQ
Whether your closet is overflowing (literally) or you’re just looking to make a little extra cash, you may find yourself wondering how to sell your clothes. It all starts with cleaning out your closet. Find out the top tips for reorganizing your closet and reselling your clothes at Buffalo Exchange.
1) Clean out early, clean out often
Capsule wardrobe specialists and minimal lifestyle gurus recommend cleaning out every three months – once per every season change. If you’re overwhelmed just thinking about it, try every six months. When you clean out, sort into three categories: out-of-season items to be stored away in plastic tubs, worn-out items to be donated and items to sell.
Remember that most clothing resale stores start buying for the upcoming season a few months in advance. At Buffalo Exchange, for example, we start taking Fall inventory in July. We also buy current, high quality items in excellent condition out of season. Moving to Hawaii (you lucky duck!) and wondering what to do with the brand new Patagonia jacket you’ll never wear? Bring it in!
2) It’s in the bag!
Keep a brightly colored canvas bag in your closet designated for selling your clothes. If you try something on in the morning and you’re just not feeling it or – even worse – spend the day regretting your outfit choice, throw it in the bag! This kind of Marie Kondo maintenance reduces closet clutter on a daily basis and makes your outfit choice every morning so much easier. Why spend time repeating the same mistakes? Then, when you’re ready to go shopping, you’ll already have some clothes to sell for store trade!
3) Give everything a last look
Every item we buy needs to be ready to go straight out onto the rack. So, look at your items – especially your whites – under a bright light before you throw them in the bag. This way, you can spot treat them before you go and save yourself a second trip!
4) Don’t hold back
Sometimes the question is not just how to sell, but what to sell. Remember this golden rule: when in doubt, bring it in. We buy all sizes and we make selections based on style more than brand. We look for all kinds of fun and funky stuff as well as vintage, from classic rock tees to 50s dresses to early 00s gear (yes, we can hardly believe we’re already throwing back to the oughts). We also buy accessories like shoes, hats, bags and jewelry. Our buyers will be happy to look at everything you have and fashion changes at a fast pace, so you just might be surprised!
5) Get back to basics
On the other hand, some customers assume we only take vintage, retro and funky stuff. Not true! In fact, classic T-shirts and jeans are top sellers for us. Bring in those everyday staples!
6) Don’t be shy
When you have your closet clean-out packed up and ready to go, simply bring it into your local Buffalo Exchange, no appointment necessary. We operate on a first-come, first-served basis, so Monday mornings and weekends can get busy, but you generally won’t have to wait longer than 15 minutes. You need to bring a valid government-issued ID like a Driver’s License or Passport with you in order to sell and you do need to be over 18 (or with a friend or parent who is). We encourage you to hang out at the buy counter and chat with your buyer. This is the best way to learn how to sell your clothes: it allows you to see what kind of items we take, how we price them and the thought process behind it all. Don’t be afraid to ask your buyer questions! We love to talk about current trends, popular styles and how we buy.
At the buy counter, a buyer will look through all of your items and make selections based on style, condition and store needs. If they think any of your items will sell in the store, they’ll assign them a retail price. From that price, you’ll receive 50% in store trade or 30% in cash the same day you sell. We do have to see all items in person to say whether or not we can buy them for the store and what we can price them for, so we look forward to seeing you and your cleanout in the store!
Feel free to shop around when you’re done or simply take the cash. You can always mix and match – for example, you can buy a T-shirt or put some money on a trade card for later and get the rest in cash. Trade cards never expire and can be used at any location, so if you love to shop Buffalo, they’re the way to go. Whatever you decide, give your phone number at the register before you leave to claim your cash or trade.
Ready to sell? Find a Buffalo Exchange near you! If you’re not near one of our stores, not to worry. Try our Sell by Mail program. Simply request a bag online, fill it up with your past favorites and send it in. If there are any items we can buy for our stores, we’ll send you back a check or trade card – your choice. Happy cleaning out! Still have questions? Contact us and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
How do the payouts work when you sell clothes and when do I get paid? For any item we can buy for the store, we assign it a selling price and you receive 30% of that back in cash or 50% in store trade on-the-spot. We price items based on their style, condition and original retail value. You get paid asap – just head to the cash register before you leave!
How do you decide what to buy? We make selections based on styles that are selling well for us. We go through our inventory daily to figure out which items are selling quickly and which ones are sticking around.
Do you take all sizes? Yes, we buy all men’s and women’s adult sizes, including plus sizes. We do not buy children’s clothing or accessories.
Do you buy prom dresses or bridal wear? In general, our shoppers are more interested in cocktail attire and everyday dresses over formal items like prom dresses and bridal wear.
Do you buy suits? We do buy modern, slim-fit suits and blazers. It all depends on the style!
Can I send you a photo of my item to receive an offer? We have to see all items in person before we can say whether or not we’d buy them and assign them a selling price. Just head into your local Buffalo Exchange and one of our buyers will help you out! Not near a store? Try our Sell By Mail program!
What happens after I sell? After you sell clothes to us, your buyer will let you know your options for cash and trade. Feel free to shop around before making a decision. When you’re ready to go, just head to the register to pick up your cash, a trade card or any combination of the two. Many customers like to use their store credit to pay for a new find and take the rest in cash.