Hey Eugene, if you’re in the mood to clean your home this spring, be sure to bring in your closet cleanout to Buffalo Exchange! We’re currently buying pieces for spring like dresses, short-sleeve button downs, shorts and lightweight sweaters – not to mention shoes like canvas sneakers, sandals and espadrilles. Your closet cleanout could become extra cash or trade to spend at any Buffalo Exchange – plus, if you sell three or more items between April 1st-15th, we’ll even give you a $5 off coupon to spend on your new-to-you warm-weather wardrobe. We can’t wait to see the hidden gems in your closet!
It’s that magical time of year when shopping at Buffalo Exchange does some EXTRA good: our Earth Day $1 Day Sale is back, this time benefiting the Humane Society of the United States! On Saturday, April 20th, all Buffalo Exchange locations across the country (excluding outlets) will have a selection of men’s and women’s clothing, shoes and accessories for just $1 APIECE! It gets even better – 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Humane Society of The United States and their efforts to rescue animals from natural disasters and abusive conditions. The sale is CASH ONLY and clothes move quickly, so be sure to get there early! Sale starts at each location’s normal opening hours and goes until supplies run out. Click here for more info on The Humane Society of The United States and the Animal Rescue Team.
Location: All Buffalo Exchange Stores (excluding outlets)
Date: Saturday, April 20
Time: Normal Store Opening Hours – While Supplies Last
By Jessica Pruitt
In 1974, when Kerstin Block first had the idea for a different sort of secondhand shop, she never expected it to grow into what it is today – she just followed her love of thrift store shopping. “I came upon the idea that there must be other people who are equally addicted to this kind of shopping, but who didn’t want to sort through as much stuff.” Enter a whole new business model – a resale shop where customers could buy hand-picked treasures in one place and also sell their clothes for cash or trade on-the-spot.
From Thrift Store to Resale Boutique: The First Buffalo Exchange
At the time, Kerstin had recently been fired from a job at a local furniture shop. When she mentioned that she’d like to try opening her own business, her husband Spencer was all for it. To start, they rented out a small 400 square foot spot in Tucson, AZ and filled the store with pieces from Kerstin’s own closet. They also asked friends to bring things in. Soon enough, they had a bustling business buying, selling and trading the likes of denim skirts handmade by Kerstin, Hawaiian shirts and Kork-Ease sandals, drawing in lots of students from the University of Arizona. Their most common price? $3.50.
Originally from Sweden, Kerstin chose “Buffalo” because she liked the way it evoked the American West. Spencer contributed the “Exchange” half of the name since that’s precisely what they would be doing – opening up a shop where you could exchange your clothing for cash or trade on-the-spot, an uncommon model at the time. And just like that, they ran the business together, doing everything themselves. Kerstin was the face of the store, running the register and doing all the buying. Spencer worked behind the scenes, creating clothing racks out of water pipes and handling the accounting.
Resale wasn’t very popular at the time, but they knew there would always be people who wanted to find something cute for a good deal: they just didn’t necessarily want to dig through so many pieces in a thrift store setting. “We made it look like a little boutique,” says Kerstin. They handpicked each item based on what their customers were interested in buying and displayed them in a fun, easy-to-shop space.
Charting New Territory
Kerstin and Spencer didn’t know much about business, but they weren’t afraid to venture into uncharted territory. Par for the course for Kerstin, who struck out on her own at the age of 18, taking a boat over from Sweden to study at the University of Arizona. What they initially lacked in business knowledge, they made up for in strong values. “We built our business on a lot of principles,” she says, “such as respecting people and treating everybody fairly and listening to people. Those are our tenets in business.”
As they opened more locations – a store here and a store there – those tenets only grew. They knew how important it was to be honest and the value of people – both employees and customers alike. After all, they relied on their customers to bring in clothing and they relied on their employees to build a diverse inventory. To do this, they valued individuality and embraced the things that make each person unique. They empowered people, taking into consideration what they wanted out of the job and teaching them how the business works.
Perhaps it’s these tenets (not to mention a true passion for clothing) that have kept the business going strong for 45 years and counting. Today, Buffalo Exchange is still owned and operated out of Tucson, AZ by Kerstin and her daughter, Vice President Rebecca Block. Kerstin still oversees the daily operations of the business. “What I’m most proud of is how much we’ve been able to empower people – especially women,” she says. “That and the clothes. It’s always been about the clothes.” Now, that love for fashion has spread to around 50 stores – and growing all the time. Visit BuffaloExchange.com/Locations to find one near you!
Hello, Manhattan: Buffalo Exchange Chelsea and East Village are currently buying men’s clothing! We’re looking for menswear for all seasons, from denim and jackets to button-downs and shorts. If you’ve got an overflowing collection of shoes and accessories like sunglasses and hats, we buy those too! The things you once loved but no longer wear have the potential to become extra spending cash or trade to spend at your favorite Buffalo Exchange. Want us to sweeten the deal? If you come in and sell three or more menswear items from your closet cleanout between now and March 31st, you’ll receive a $5 off coupon to spend on your springtime wardrobe re-up. Not to mention, selling between now and our 45th Anniversary Pop-Up Shop on March 16-17th will enter you in the drawing for a $1,000 Buffalo Exchange gift card. Fill up your reusable tote bags with your spring cleanout and visit us today!
Hey, Cali! If you’re ready to clean out your closet for spring, be sure to bring the things you’re no longer wearing to Buffalo Exchange Berkeley, San Francisco (Haight St) and Costa Mesa! We’re looking for warm weather pieces like dresses, short-sleeve button downs, tees and shorts. Since it’s still cool at night, we’re also buying lightweight jackets and sweaters. Cleaning out shoes and accessories like sunglasses and hats? We take those, too! Bringing in your closet cleanout could turn your past favorites into extra cash or trade to spend on new-to-you pieces. But that’s not all: if you come in to sell between now and March 17th, you can enter to win a $1,000 Buffalo Exchange gift card as part of our 45th Anniversary celebration!
Now announcing our 2019 Coats for Cubs drive! From January 2 to April 22, you can donate your real fur coats and trimmings at any Buffalo Exchange location. All collected furs will be sent to wildlife rehabilitators, where they are repurposed into bedding that nurtures recovering wild animals, providing more warmth and familiarity than options like towels and sheets. These furs help injured and orphaned wildlife by keeping baby animals warm and minimizing human contact during the recovery process.
“It really helps the animals to have something to snuggle into,” says Jody Raines of Illinois Valley Wildlife Rehab. “It appears to relax them and makes them easier to work with. Every baby heads right to the fur hiding place when I take them in.”
Since 2006, when Buffalo Exchange first became involved with Coats for Cubs, we have collected and distributed over 15,108 furs. Last year alone, we collected 1,464 furs to give back to the animals. Help us make it another great year! To learn more and see photos of some of the animals who have benefitted from donated furs, visit CoatsforCubs.com.
Please note that we are not able to provide tax receipts since we are a collection point only and not a non-profit ourselves. If you would like a tax receipt for your donation, you will need to reach out directly to a rehabber and coordinate the donation on your own. We have a list of rehabbers on the CoatsForCubs.org under the Wildlife Rehabilitator Info tab. Also, most states maintain their own directories of certified wildlife rehabilitators, which can be a great resource.
By Savannah Timpani, Buffalo Exchange HQ
It may still be snowing, but spring is in the air! After a long, cold winter, nothing is more refreshing than a new-to-you wardrobe filled with top spring styles. Don’t be afraid to mix and match key spring pieces with your comfy winter favorites while it’s still warming up. After all, that’s what transitional style is all about!
From square neck dresses in ditsy micro florals to denim miniskirts, shorter lengths are here to stay! Higher hems giving you chills? Try layering with a warm sweater, tights and combat boots for the perfect in-between-seasons look.
Nothing brings to mind the warm-weather season like sweet, feminine styles that conjure up thoughts of a romantic picnic. Offered in just about every cream-colored hue and fabric, these retro-inspired tops gather and puff in just the right places, making them flattering for all. Pair them with your favorite jeans and skinny sunglasses for a totally on-trend outfit.
Rainbow and Pastel
Whether they’re bright and bold rainbow stripes or muted pastel tones, spice up your closet with colorful spring styles. A cute and comfy tee is just about the easiest way to try the trend.
Brighten Up Your Spring Styles With Cords
Thicker fabrics like corduroy don’t have to get packed away just yet! Lighten them up with a fun tee and some cutout booties and VOILA, a perfect get-up for those sunny, yet still chilly days.
Highlighter hues are hot, hot, hot for spring/summer this year. If you want to try out the trend before the higher temperatures hit, opt for a simple hoodie. You can easily layer it with just about anything and pair it with plenty of sporty accessories, like a sling bag or chunky sneakers.
The Resort Blouse
Dreaming of spring break, but still have your heater turned on high? Give your look a playful feel with a printed resort shirt. Collared and boxy, these tie-front cuties are statement pieces in their own right. Wear them with boots and a chunky sweater today and some shorts and espadrilles later.
Want to find the perfect spring styles for your wardrobe? Clean out your closet and head to your local Buffalo Exchange to find some awesome transitional pieces that you can start wearing now!
Howdy, Nashville! If you’re still tidying up and cleaning house, why not clean out your closet for some extra cash? Buffalo Exchange Nashville wants your clothes! We’re currently buying the best of all seasons for men and women – we need jeans, dresses, short sleeve button-ups and sweaters. We’re also buying shoes and accessories! If you’re a collector of vintage, we’re stocking up for our 45th Anniversary Vintage Pop-up shop and we’re looking for vintage, Western and one-of-a-kind pieces. When you’re ready to shop, your closet cleanout could become cash or trade to spend on a new-to-you wardrobe that really sparks joy. We buy all day, every day and there’s no appointment needed to sell; we can’t wait to see you!
Hey, Portland! Have you been tidying up your closet? Buffalo Exchange Portland (Hawthorne) wants your closet cleanout! We’re starting to buy for spring, but we’re currently taking the best of all seasons and, in particular, are on the lookout for men’s sweaters and jackets! So, gents, bring in all those great cool-weather pieces that you just haven’t been wearing this past season. As always, we’re on the lookout for great everyday staples, current trends, designer and accessories like bags, shoes and jewelry. Oh, and don’t forget that we buy vintage and one-of-a-kind finds. To sell, simply stop in anytime we’re open and bring along a government-issued ID. See you soon, PDX!
Things are warming up here at Buffalo Exchange because we’re now buying for spring! If Marie Kondo inspired you to tidy up and declutter your closet, bring in the things that no longer spark joy and sell them for your choice of cash or store credit. We’re looking for warm-weather items like dresses, short sleeved button-downs, lightweight sweaters and shorts and, of course, everyday staples like jeans and tees. Also, if you overstocked on jackets and coats this winter, we buy all seasons year round, so you can sell those, too! Psst… don’t forget that we buy vintage and one-of-a-kind finds. Our buy counter is open all day, every day and there’s no appointment needed to sell, so find your local Buffalo Exchange here and visit us today.