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6 Summer Style Trends to Keep You Cool for the Summer

 

As the weather heats up, this year’s summer style trends are guaranteed to keep you looking and feeling cool. The best part? They’re easier to put together than ever. From bright colors, patterns and textures to classic Americana and some seriously nostalgic throwbacks, these trends aren’t about playing it safe – they’re about playing it up and wearing what makes you feel the most you! Read on for some of our fav warm-weather styles – all available at a Buffalo near you.

 

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One and Done 

This one-and-done summer style trend is about trading in your track suits for a more tailored matching suits and jump suits. The one and done is making a comeback for a second year, proving not all trends are fleeting, and this trend is back and bigger than ever. The matching set is effortlessly stylish, and just like the ease of a jumpsuit the foundation allows for you to keep it simple or have some fun by adding coordinating accessories to you co-ord look. This year we see the addition of cut-outs and is sure to be one of the hottest looks this summer.

 

 

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Y2K is Here to Stay

Think platforms, bucket hats, metallic, smiley faces, flames, yin yangs and butterflies–did that list give you an early aughts flashback? If you’re feeling nostalgic, you’re in luck: Y2K is here for the summer! This summer style trend is all about having fun and bringing out your inner child with butterfly hair clips, fuzzy bucket hats, crop tops, platforms and more. 

 

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Summer Style Trends to the Max

While we still love a monochromatic look, we can’t deny our passion for all things bright and bold and colorful. Maximalism, a.k.a. Dopamine Dressing, is about getting dressed up, having fun and maximizing your style with bright colors, bold patterns and fun textures. The best part about this summer style trend? It has no rules – mix and match or don’t match at all! The trick is finding a few common colors or patterns to repeat throughout. Most importantly: if it makes you feel good, wear it. You might be surprised how much a feel-good outfit could wind up brightening up your day (and the day of those around you)!

 

six photos showing tailored, timeless outfits including a red corset top paired with a red slip skirt, a yellow suit, a silk head scarf with vintage glasses and an orange blouse with glass buttons, a brightly patterned vintage silk blouse, statement sleeves with structured pants, and two women wearing trousers paired with a structured shirt and a collar

Low-Key Luxury

After two years in loungewear it’s no surprise that everyone is ready to get out and dress to impress. But while some are going the maximalist route, others are opting for low-key luxury. This summer style trend isn’t about breaking the bank – it’s more about finding timeless pieces that elevate your look with minimal effort. Layer a classic button-up or suit jacket over your athleisure items or play with silk blouses and head scarves, corsets, lace, tailored trousers and statement sleeves. These pieces will keep you feeling like a million bucks long beyond the summer season.

 

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The Short Report

Since the announcement that skinny jeans have been surpassed by bigger, baggier pants (RIP, sorry millennials), it’s no surprise that the same goes for their shorter counterparts. This summer, trade in your short shorts for looser, mid-length denim cut-offs, bermudas and cargos. The key to this trend is playing with proportions! Pair these with a crop top and an oversize button for an easy summer outfit. 

 

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Americana Accessories

This summer accessory trend is giving a fun twist on the Wild Western classics–bright colored Western hats, metallic or decorative cowboy boots, bolo ties as necklaces and cow print everything. There are lots of fun ways to mix-up and mix in this Americana aesthetic, but if you’d rather go more tried-and-true over trendy, opt for flowy maxi dresses, beautiful silver or turquoise jewelry, a bandana with your Levi’s, or cowboy boots with just about anything to add a bit of western flair to any outfit!

 

Whether you’re all about the nostalgic Y2K feels and you’re on the hunt for the perfect bucket hat or you’re searching for a go-to pair of boots to finish off your Americana aesthetic, stop by your local Buffalo. We’re fully stocked for the summer with warm weather essentials like shorts, breezy dresses, classic tees, short-sleeved button-downs, sunglasses, hats, casual sneakers and sandals. Looking to up your summer style game without going on a spending spree? Bring in your closet cleanout and grab cash or trade for your past favorites. There’s no appointment needed to sell, so stop in anytime!


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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!

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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.

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When You Shop at Buffalo Exchange, You Support These Charities!

 

If you’ve been to Buffalo Exchange, you may have seen Tokens for Bags® boxes near the checkout counter and wondered how they work. At Buffalo, it’s important to us to have a positive impact on the communities we’re apart of and on the environment. So, instead of giving out single-use plastic bags, we give shoppers 5 cent tokens to donate to their choice of three local charities. Since 1994, we’ve raised over $778,000 for thousands of local nonprofit organizations across the United States. We’ve also kept over 15.5 million plastic bags out of the environment!  Read ahead to find out more about some of the non-profits you can support right now just by shopping at your local Buffalo Exchange.

Providing Love and Care to Senior Dogs at Frosted Faces

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You can donate a charity token to Frosted Faces any time you shop at our San Diego, Pacific Beach location. Frosted Faces advocates and delivers quality veterinary care for senior animals whose lives are in jeopardy. By the looks on their adorable faces, you can see how much these love bugs appreciate all of the help and affection they receive from this awesome non-profit!

Fostering Creativity & Sustainability with Turnip Green

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Love helping the environment? Drop a charity token in Turnip Green’s box any time you shop at our Nashville, Tennessee location. Turnip Green fosters creativity and sustainability through community education and reuse, diverting usable material from landfills. In particular, they collect paper and plastic products to use in artist workshops and after-school programs for children throughout the greater Nashville area. We love what Turnip Green does to help reduce waste and keep our planet green!

Keeping Active and Promoting Wellness through Chicago Run

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Support Chicago Run when you shop at Buffalo Exchange Chicago (Wicker Park). They promote the health and wellness of Chicago children through innovative, engaging and sustainable youth running programs. Their goal is to improve and enhance the physical fitness and social/emotional well-being of all participants, ages pre-K through high school. Chicago Run serves 18,000 children and youth from 36 diverse neighborhoods throughout the area!

These are just a few of many amazing organizations you can support through Tokens for Bags®. Because of customers like you, we’re able to give back to communities across the US, so treat yourself to a feel-good shopping trip! Want to know which charities you can support when you stop by your local Buffalo Exchange? Find out more on our Tokens for Bags® page!


Sedona Band Photographed by Katherine Bonnie

Meet Sedona – One of Brooklyn’s Bands to Watch

By Katherine Bonnie & Aarian Frye, Photography by Katherine Bonnie

Sedona, band in vintage nightgowns, photographed by Katherine Bonnie

Meet Sedona: the electrifying dirty pop group based out of New York City. The band is comprised of five members: Tia on drums, Merilyn on keyboard, Claire on guitar, and Lily on bass with lead singer Sedona at the forefront. Even though the group has a wide array of personal styles, they’re all avid thrifters with an appreciation for vintage gems. It’s little surprise, then, that the group loves shopping at Buffalo! “I’ve shopped at Buffalo for as long as I’ve lived in New York, so four years now,” Claire says. “My entire outfit is from Buffalo Exchange!” Tia adds.

Sedona, band seated for portrait, photographed by Katherine Bonnie

Sedona did their first tour in March of 2019, driving 70 hours across the country in an old church bus to play SXSW and venues in New Orleans, Pennsylvania and their home base of NYC. “We played a bunch of shows. It was beyond fun to travel and perform with a group of inspiring ladies that I’m lucky enough to call my family!” says lead singer Sedona. They returned full of inspiration for new projects. All five members of the band light up when they talk about their plans for the group. “We set aside some time this summer to write together, which was a first for us, and we can’t wait to play more shows.”

Sedona’s next show is at Rough Trade in Brooklyn on Wednesday, August 14th. You can find their music on Spotify, Soundcloud and Youtube and keep up with the band on Instagram and Facebook. If you’re feeling inspired by this band’s catchy tunes and unique personal styling, head to your local Buffalo Exchange to shop some vintage finds of your own!


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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 book an appointment online to sell, bring your clothes (please keep to 50 items or less and allow to sit for 24 hours) 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

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To sell clothes at Buffalo Exchange, the process is super easy. Simply clean out your closet and book an appointment to sell the clothes 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

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

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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 25% in cash via PayPal or 50% in a Digital Store Trade Card. 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

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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.


Thank you! With your help, we raised $51,471

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

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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!

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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!

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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!