Buffalo Exchange Tip for Moving to a New City Without Having an Existential Crisis

Tips for Moving to a New City Without Having an Existential Crisis

By Jessica Pruitt, Buffalo Exchange HQ

Ok guys, I’m going to level with you: moving to a new city is really hard! When I decided to leave behind my best friends and family for the sand-colored pastures of Tucson, AZ, I was bright-eyed and bushy tailed. Even though I was going to miss our Portland, Oregon store, where I had first started with the company as a Buyer and then Associate Manager, I was excited to be taking on a new role in the Buffalo Exchange Marketing Department. I fancied myself to be bold, daring, independent. And so I packed all my worldly possessions into my teeny-tiny Chevy Spark and tottered my way down to the desert. When I got here, though, I wasn’t quite so bold and daring as I thought. Instead, when I wasn’t at work, I spent a lot of time feeling lonely and out-of-place. Here’s what I did to ease my way into life in a brand new city!

Appreciate Your New Surroundings

Buffalo Exchange Tips for Moving to a New City Appreciate Your Surroundings

The best way to get your bearings after moving to a new city is to get out and see what it has to offer. Take a walking photo tour of the downtown area – no doubt, you’ll happen across cool murals, interesting architecture and local restaurants you might like to try. In my case, I even came across a beautiful end-to-end rainbow (thanks, desert monsoons!). A photo tour is especially great because it’ll give you the chance to show off your new neighborhood to all of your friends and family back home.

Go Shopping!             

Buffalo Exchange Tips for Moving to a New City Go Shopping

My first priority when moving to a new city? Finding out where to shop! Go figure that the Buffalo Exchange here quickly became my favorite place to buy clothes in Tucson. Since each store buys most of its inventory from people in the neighborhood, shopping at Buffalo is also a good way to get a feel for the local area.

Try a New Hobby

Buffalo Exchange Tips for Moving to a New City Try a New Hobby

Always wanted to learn woodworking or take piano lessons? Now’s your chance! Before moving to a new city, make a list of hobbies you’d like to try and start researching classes or teachers. Personally, I started voice lessons, choir, a fiction writing workshop, kickboxing, rock climbing and eventually even played in a musical. It kept me very busy, but I don’t regret a single late night – after all, how many chances do you have to devote yourself wholeheartedly to your own interests?

Join a Club

Buffalo Exchange Tips for Moving to a New City Join a Club Caving

Joining a club is a great way to meet likeminded new people and get involved in a local community. No matter what you’re interested in, there’s probably a club (or at least a Meetup or Facebook group) for it, so get Googling! When I found myself moving to a new city, I decided it might be cool to take up caving, so I did a quick Google search for “caving club” and found out when their next meeting was. Little did I know that the people I met there would become some of my closest friends in the area! Not only did I find something I was extremely passionate about, but I found a community that I really felt like I belonged to – definitely a make or break decision.

Moving to a New City? Get Out and Explore!

Buffalo Exchange Tips for Moving to a New City Explore Hiking Arizona Trail

No matter where you move to, there’s guaranteed to be something cool about it – a beautiful hiking area, a breathtaking viewpoint, a phenomenal art museum, a fun amusement park or an artsy historic town. As you’re settling into your new space, start making a bucket list of things to do in the area. Then, when you’re feeling homesick, get out your calendar and start scheduling them out.

Buffalo Exchange Tips for Moving to a New City Explore Bisbee Arizona

When I found myself laying on the floor of my studio apartment in existential despair – oh wait, did I say that out loud? – it helped to have something to look forward to other than a weekend alone putting together Ikea furniture. My Tucson/Arizona bucket list included everything from the botanic gardens and the planetarium to the historic mining town of Bisbee and the Grand Canyon.

Keep at It!

Buffalo Exchange Tips for Moving to a New City Keep at It Tucson Sunset

The number one rule of moving to a new city, though, is keeping at it! When the going gets tough and you miss your friends and family back home, keep on putting yourself out there, trying new activities and being the fierce, independent person you are. You never know when one thing will lead to the next and finally click into place. I’ll admit that I felt pretty homesick the first 6 months or so. I felt like I’d finally landed my dream position and was proud of myself for making such a bold move, but it took a while to make some good friends and feel at home in a strange land. All things in time. You’ll soon be rolling down the streets of your new city like you always lived there! In the meantime, if you ever need to see a friendly face, just stop by Buffalo Exchange. We’re happy to give recommendations for fun things to do in your local area!


How to Sell Clothes at Buffalo Exchange in Just 2 Easy Steps

By Jessica Pruitt, Buffalo Exchange HQ

We know it can sometimes seem intimidating to sell clothes at your local resale store – it’s enough work just to clean out your closet, let alone figure out which items will sell and which won’t. Well, leave that part up to us! All you need to do is bring your clothes (shoes and accessories, too!) into your local Buffalo Exchange and get paid. Even better, take the trade and shop for new-to-you finds!

Step 1: Bring In Your Items

Buffalo Exchange How to Sell Clothes Beach Outfit Belt Bag Cat Tee

To sell clothes at Buffalo Exchange, the process is super easy. Simply clean out your closet and bring in the items you’re no longer wearing. We buy men’s and women’s clothing, shoes and accessories, the best of all seasons, year-round. Style and good condition are more important than brand, so bring in your whole cleanout, from designer to name brand to no-brand.

Buffalo Exchange How to Sell Clothes Pile of Clothes

Stop in to see us anytime we’re open – we buy all day, every day and there’s no appointment needed to sell. Make sure to bring along a government-issued ID like a Driver’s License or Passport (and an adult if you’re under 18).

Step 2: Get Paid in Cash or Trade

Buffalo Exchange How to Sell Clothes Buyer Buy Counter

When you get to the store, we recommend hanging out with your Buyer as they take a look through your cleanout. For each item we’re able to take, your Buyer will let you know our selling price. From that, you’ll get 30% in cash or 50% in store credit. For example, if we price an item for $20, you’ll receive $6 in cash or $10 in trade on-the-spot. If you decide you’d rather hold onto an item, no problem – just let your Buyer know! We do need to see items in person in order to say whether or not we can buy them and offer you a selling price, so we always recommend stopping into the store with any items you’d like to sell.

Trade Up: After You Sell Clothes, Go Shopping

Buffalo Exchange How to Sell Clothes Shopping Reusable Bag Pile of Clothes

We’re going to let you in on a little secret: trade is the way to go! Even if you’re trying to cut down on clutter overall, trading your cleanout in for a few new-to-you finds is a great (and often free!) way to make your closet feel brand new again. Not to mention that it’s environmentally friendly. Pro Tip: When it comes to cash and trade, you have options. You can buy a few pieces and take your remaining value in cash or even take a trade card for later. Just head to the register before you leave to pick up your cash, trade or any combination of the two!

How Does the Selection Process Work?

Buffalo Exchange How to Sell Clothes Buyer Analyzing Racks

At Buffalo Exchange, our Buyers go through a lengthy training process to learn about clothing construction and brands, price points and what kinds of items sell well in the store. After that, they analyze our racks daily to see which items have been selling quickly and which ones have been sticking around.

Our Buyers also talk to customers to find out what styles they’d like to see more of. It’s our goal to offer something for everyone – that’s why we buy current trends, vintage, one-of-a-kind items, inclusive sizing, everyday staples, men’s fashion and more. When our Buyers aren’t helping customers or reviewing our inventory, they’re often doing research on brands and current trends. As a result, our staff is a wealth of fashion knowledge! Ever wondered why they’re buying certain items from your pile and passing on others? Just ask! We love to talk fashion.

Buffalo Exchange Sell Clothes Buyer

Whether you’re patting yourself on the back for a closet cleanout well done or you’re still in the “I’m so dreading this” phase, we’ve got you covered. When you’re ready, you can sell clothes, shoes and accessories at Buffalo Exchange in just a couple simple steps. We have 47 locations across the country, but if there’s not one near you, don’t worry – you can Sell By Mail!


Thank You for Shopping Our Earth Day $1 Day Sale!

By Jessica Pruitt, Buffalo Exchange HQ

Attention all Earth Day $1 Day shoppers! If you stopped by to score some $1 finds last Saturday, April 21, you ought to give yourself a huge high five. Thanks to everyone who came out, we raised $51,471 for The 5 Gyres Institute, a non-profit doing great work in the area of ocean plastic pollution. That’s a whole lot of happy turtles – and we couldn’t have done it without you! In the four months leading up to Earth Day, we also collected over 1,464 furs through our Coats for Cubs Drive, which are shipping out to animal rehabilitators across the nation as we speak.

A Little Bit About Our Earth Day $1 Day Sale

Buffalo Exchange, Las Vegas, Earth Day Dollar Sale, Empty Racks

On Saturday, April 21, customers lined up around the block at 47 Buffalo Exchange stores nationwide to shop a special selection of clothing for $1 apiece. For these shoppers, brunch could wait – they knew that $1 items go quickly, so it’s best to get to the store early! Whether it was pouring rain (we’re looking at you, Texas) or hedging on 90 degrees (ahem, Tucson), the sale went on!

Buffalo Exchange, Las Vegas, Earth Day Dollar Sale, Happy Customer

Over the past 20 years, Buffalo Exchange’s Earth Day $1 Day Sales have raised more than $665,000 for a variety of charities and environmental causes. Last year, all funds raised went to the Humane Society of the United States and their efforts to promote pet adoption. Other charities we’ve supported include Center for Biological Diversity and their water conservation efforts.

And Don’t Forget Coats for Cubs!

Buffalo Exchange, HQ, Coats For Cubs, Fox Kit

From January 1 until Earth Day every year, we invite customers to donate their unwanted furs in any condition to our Coats for Cubs Drive. We then ship these off to wildlife rehabilitators across the country, who repurpose them into bedding to provide warmth and comfort to recovering animals. Since taking this initiative over from The Humane Society in 2006, we have collected over 15,108 furs for animals in need. This year, we collected over 1,464 furs, all thanks to you guys.

But it doesn’t stop there – we give back to the community all year round! At every one of our 47 Buffalo Exchange stores, we support three local non-profits at a time through our Tokens for Bags program. Instead of giving out plastic bags, we give out 5 cent charity tokens – the result is over $728,595 raised for thousands of local nonprofits and almost 14.5 million plastic bags kept out of the environment. Want to give back just by shopping? Stop by your local Buffalo Exchange to recycle your closet cleanout and shop fun spring finds!

 

 


Embracing Individuality: Hannah Gill Talks Fashion and Music

By Jessica Pruitt, Buffalo Exchange HQ

Hannah Gill has a powerful, sultry voice that is wise beyond its 19 years and her band, Hannah Gill and The Hours, has a nostalgic feel that we just can’t get enough of. Following the release of their EP, The Water, she and her band have been touring the country, playing in cities across the US and hitting up Buffalo Exchanges along the way. We gave Hannah a $200 shopping spree to see what she could do and talked to her about fashion, music and her band.

How did you get started singing?

I was always singing during my younger years, but I really got started back in middle school. I used to refuse to join choir because I didn’t sound like the high sopranos. My voice was low, so I thought that meant it was bad. It wasn’t until 7th or 8th grade that I heard people like Amy Winehouse on the radio and they changed my whole perception of what a female voice is supposed to sound like. That’s when I really began to own it.

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USA Today mentioned Buffalo Exchange in Cash out as you clean up your closet

“CASH IN” BY USA TODAY

USA Today mentioned Buffalo Exchange in “Cash out as you clean up your closet” on April 13, 2016: “…with spring-cleaning season in full swing, declutterers everywhere can cash in, too. All that stuff that no longer brings you joy can bring you bucks instead. … sell your clothes via brick-and-mortar stores … Buffalo Exchange …”


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Buffalo Exchange HQ Tour

By Joe Carrel, Buffalo Exchange HQ

You might assume that a company with 48 (soon to be 50) retail locations nationwide would be headquartered in a glossy corporate high-rise. Not Buffalo Exchange. Heck, you could easily walk right past our headquarters without even noticing it. That’s because no one expects a company this large to be housed in, well, a house. Actually, seven of ‘em. Come see the neighborhood that makes up Buffalo Exchange HQ.

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Buffalo Exchange Pittsburgh

Store Opening: Pittsburgh, PA!

We’re officially opened in Pittsburgh! Our newest addition to Buffalo Exchange is located in the Southside Flats neighborhood on 1214 E. Carson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15203. Stop in and say hi to our newest Buffalos! You can buy, sell, or trade your new and recycled clothing and accessories anytime we’re open: Monday–Saturday 11am–7pm and Sunday 12pm–6pm.

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On the Road: Week One

Enjoying this relaxing day on the road with these tunes!

  1.  “West Coast” Coconut Records
  2. “The Only One” The Black Keys
  3. “I Feel it All” Feist
  4.  “A Dedication” Washed out
  5. “Treading Water” Alex Clare
  6.  “The Girl” City and Colour
  7.  “The Funeral” Band of Horses
  8.  “Daydream” Youth Lagoon
  9.  “1901” Birdy
  10.  “Falling” HAIM


On the Road: Day One

To kickoff our “On the Road” blog series, we compiled some tunes from 1974! Take a listen to these hits from back in the day:

  1.  “The Joker” Steve Miller Band
  2. “Hollywood Swinging” Kool & The Gang
  3. “Bennie and the Jets” Elton John
  4. “Living for the City” Stevie Wonder
  5. “Wild Thing” Fancy
  6. “For The Love Of Money” The O’Jays
  7. “Band On the Run” Paul McCartney & Wings
  8. “Waterloo” ABBA
  9. “I Shot The Sheriff” Eric Clapton
  10. “Takin’ Care Of Business” Bachman-Turner Overdrive