Meet Katie Pedro: Playwright, Director and Buffalo Exchange Williamsburg Associate Manager!

Katie comes with a background in Musical Theatre and a Master’s degree from Sarah Lawrence in directing, ensemble work and digital media. These days, when she’s not at Buffalo Exchange, she works as a freelance director and playwright with a focus on narratives centered around women and retelling historical narratives. She also works as Associate Artistic Director with Troy Foundry Theatre in Troy, NY. She takes inspiration from artists like Frida Kahlo, Louis Bourgeois, Caravaggio, and Gustav Klimt, as well as from sound and music. “I think theatre is the greatest collaborative art,” she says, “so things like music, fashion, visual art, digital media – they’re all essential to creating far-reaching performance art.”

Katie’s biggest theatrical influences include Samuel Beckett, Carol Churchill and Jose Rivera. Her work tends to be abstract with a goal of creating worlds that are recognizable but different from ours. “Experiencing art is not one size fits all,” she says. “It’s a very personal experience, and my goal is always to create space for each individual to find what they’re looking for.” Continuing her work amidst the pandemic has been tough, she admits, but just as Spencer Block believed, Katie knows that art is essential to our existence. “Art has survived every era of chaos, war, political turmoil and dysfunction in history,” she says. “We need art to express, communicate, protest, and process… When the opportunities aren’t presenting themselves, create your own.”

Over the past year and a half working at Buffalo, Katie has found her creativity and creative problem solving to be a huge asset to her job. “In the end,” she says, “fashion is art. It’s a way of communicating about ourselves, and even when I’m not making theatre, I feel like I’m working with art every day that I get to handle clothes.”

 


Top 7 Tips for Secondhand Shopping

Secondhand shopping is the only kind of shopping in my opinion – not only is it a feel-good environmentally friendly option, but once you start paying resale prices for super great stuff, it’s really hard to go back to paying full price. So how to make the most of it each time you shop and ensure you find all the best pieces your local Buffalo has to offer? Go in with a plan. Here are my top 7 tips for shopping secondhand!

Seconhand Shopping Tips Shop the Shoes and Pants First

First Stop: Shoes & Pants

Or your favorite sections! Always hit up the shoe rack and then pants first because they’re the trickiest things to find secondhand. The fit has to be just right. Personally, I don’t want to run out of time and, no matter what’s on my shopping list, I check these sections every time I go. As they say, the early bird gets the… perfect pair of denim.

Secondhand Shopping Tips Shop a Range of Sizes

Size Up the Selection

Size varies pretty drastically depending on the brand. At secondhand shops like Buffalo Exchange, you can shop all your favorite stores & brands in a single rack, so it’s a great idea to broaden your horizons. This is especially true for shoes and pants. Whereas I might wear a size 6 for certain brands, others might be a 10. It’s the best way to make sure you don’t miss out on some dreamy new denim or the perfect pair of kicks.

Secondhand Shopping Tips Men's Tees Graphic Tees Vintage Band Tees

Graphic Tee Heaven

Always, always, always stop by the men’s tees to see what’s in stock. This is my favorite place to find graphic tees, from vintage band shirts and retro throwbacks to current trends. Personally, I like to wear them oversized or crop them.

Secondhand Shopping Tips Shop the Employee Picks and Displays

Look for the Employee Picks Rack and Shop the Displays!

Many Buffalo Exchange locations will have a rack fully stocked with a selection of all the most current trends, in-season pieces and fun vintage. Don’t miss out on this section! It’s a great place to find style inspo and some of the most fun pieces the store has to offer. Everything on display is for sale, so don’t hesitate to ask an employee to grab something for you if you want to take a closer look.

Secondhand Shopping Tips Secondhand Workout Wear

Wondering Where to Find Workout Wear?

Check the s/m/l/xl pants section and the tank tops. I pick up most of my leggings and workout tops secondhand and, believe you me, you can find some incredible deals on Lululemon, Girlfriend Collective, Nike, Adidas and lots more. It’s one of the best-kept secrets, but you’re cool, so I figured I’d let you in on it. 

Secondhand Shopping Tips - Shop Behind the Counter - Photo of Coach Puffy Bag

Check Behind the Counter

Say hello to your new favorite designer bag! Most Buffalo Exchange stores keep their highest end items (shoes, bags, sunglasses, you name it) in the jewelry counter and behind the register. Be sure to take a peek before you head out and, if anything piques your interest, ask to take a closer look! I’ve found most of my favorite bags this way, including a clear Kate Spade bag and a space-themed Coach cross-body.

Secondhand Shopping Tips Take the Trade Secondhand Shopping Tips Take the Trade

Always Take the Trade

My best and final tip? Bring in your closet cleanout and take the trade! When you trade in, you get 50% of Buffalo’s selling price, which you can either spend that same day or keep on a digital trade card that never expires. I always find something to buy at Buffalo and I loooove the feeling of a free, no-guilt shopping spree every time I go. 

Ready to build your dream resale wardrobe? Find your local Buffalo Exchange and head on in to shop all your favorite current trends + designer, vintage and one-of-a-kind finds! If you’re cleaning out your closet, book an appointment to sell ahead of time so that you can trade in for new favorites – maybe without even spending a dime!


15 Fun Facts About Buffalo Exchange Dallas Manager, Story Harrell!

 

You Wouldn’t Guess:

I only have about 40 pieces in my closet total!

My Road to Buffalo:

I wanted a change of pace! I had been working in the wedding industry, and was looking to step into a role that was more fashion-oriented.

Fun Theory:

I’m convinced I can learn other languages through music, so I’m listening to a lot of French and German pop from the 80s.

Describe Dallas:

Our store’s building has existed for about a century and is alongside several that have popped up within the last year.The city is a combination of old and new, tradition and innovation.

Random Customer Conversations I’ve Had:

What color we think describes the day, what planet we think we could survive on. A lot of weird conversations for sure, but it makes for a unique experience every day!

 

My Personal Style:
Andy Warhol pop art created on a yacht in the south of France, if that makes any sense.

Path to Store Manager:

I started as a Buyer, but knew I wanted to progress up the ladder. I’m grateful that Buffalo Exchange provides frequent opportunities to do so!

Go-To Pastimes:

I was an art student for a hot second, so painting and sculpting. And I love to learn, so I like to keep up with science journals.

Skill I’ve Strengthened:

Communication.This job has helped me learn to not only communicate efficiently,but also understand that everyone communicates differently!

Recent Buffalo Find:

A bubblegum pink Acne Studios western shirt from the 90s!

 

I Could Spend Forever…:

Looking at a new museum exhibit!

Favorite of the Five Points of Power:

Speak the truth. Speaking openly is one of the kindest things anyone can do!

Current Obsessions:

Whales, nature documentaries, trying not to kill my lemon tree.

Unusual Tidbit:

I had only shopped at Buffalo once before deciding to apply — and I’m happy I did!

Favorite Advice:
“Don’t take yourself too seriously, but take other people seriously.”


Unidas Program members meet virtually in a Zoom conference call

Buffalo Exchange Donates $5,000 to Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona’s Unidas Program

 

This spring, Buffalo Exchange sponsored the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona’s Unidas, a philanthropic program that serves teens by teaching them how to give back to their local community. “We are incredibly excited and thankful for Buffalo Exchange’s generous gift and commitment to support Unidas each spring,” says Dr. Amalia Luxardo, WFSA’S CEO. “Their donation will not only enable our budding teen philanthropists to award a local grant, but will also give them a firsthand look at corporate social responsibility.”

 

Two members of Unidas smile for a photo
Photo from 2019 Unidas meeting

 

Focused on fostering a philanthropic spirit and supplying the knowledge and tools to create change in the community, Unidas gives young women the opportunity to grow while creating interpersonal connections with peers and mentors that will last a lifetime. “Unidas has given me so much valuable perspective on the world around me. I have met so many amazing, strong… inspiring young women through Unidas, which I wouldn’t have otherwise,” says Unidas participant Dylan Greenhill. “I have grown as a person, ally and advocate.”

 

Single member of Unidas stands in a room, smiling for photo. Other Women's Foundation of Southern Arizona stand out of focus in the background.

 

Kerstin Block and daughter Rebecca Block, Founder & VP of Buffalo Exchange, are excited for this chance to support young women in Tucson: ““As a predominantly female company, we’ve always felt strongly about empowering women,” says Kerstin. “We also believe in the importance of giving back to the communities we’re apart of. The Unidas program not only empowers young women, but it teaches them to be our future’s philanthropists. We’re proud to support that mission.”

 

11 girls in turquoise and purple polo shirts smile for a Unidas program group photo

 

Click here to learn more about Unidas and the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona. For more of Buffalo Exchange’s community support initiatives, visit our Giving Back page!


Fashion Careers: Meet Buffalo Exchange Associate Area Manager, AJ!

AJ is an Associate Area Manager for Buffalo Exchange

What was your Buffalo path?

As a Buyer at the Dallas store, I was very eager to learn and share my knowledge. I would ask my managers for training and request to share style/trend reports. After a year as an Assistant Store Manager, the Store Manager position became available and I jumped on it! Growing through each position has given me a lot of insight. 

What have you become better at?

Taking feedback. I would get defensive or feel that I had to give an excuse/reason for everything. Eventually I started to understand that without feedback, positive or negative, I wouldn’t grow. 

What’s your favorite Buffalo find?

A blue floral vintage jacket. The funny thing is that I have yet to wear it. It’s just sitting in my closet, waiting for the special moment to shine, but makes me happy every time I look at it.

What are you interested in? Any hobbies?

Anything creative. I love redecorating my place or those of my friends/family. I’ve also been getting into watercolors — very therapeutic.

What media have you been into?

I just finished reading Deepak Chopra’s The Path to Love and started Alex Haley’s Autobiography of Malcolm X. I’ve also been watching Sister Sister on Netflix — takes me back to my childhood. Love it!

What’s your favorite Five Points of Power?

Be accountable for your own experience. It brings the ownership back to you. You have the power to make each decision in your life.

What advice has been the most meaningful to you?

Don’t take anything personally. Each person’s experiences mold them, and they respond to things differently because of that. Instead of taking things personally, I try to work on being more understanding.

 

 


Tokens for Bags

Tokens for Bags® Charities

Every six months, we support new local charities through our Tokens for Bags® program. Instead of giving out bags, we give customers the opportunity to donate five cents (the cost of the bag) to a charity of their choice. Our Tokens for Bags® program has raised over $803,000 for thousands of local charities since 1994, saving over 16.06 million bags from polluting the environment!

Find your local Buffalo Exchange below and check out the charities you can give back to.

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five trends to invest in this fall

5 Trends to Invest In for Fall

By Marcella Willden

Wow, where did this year go? It’s already almost fall, but it feels like it was just yesterday when summer started! If you’re still not sure how to transition your looks from the warmer weather to cooler temps, we’ve got you covered! Keep reading for our fav fall trends. 

Puff Sleeves & Prairiecore 
This trend is one of my personal favorites! It’s the perfect transitional piece for any wardrobe and a definite entry point for the prairiecore trend. You can dress up or dress down, wear with boots or sandals, you name it! Invest in one of these and it will become your go-to look for any season.

Sheer Volume 
Layer on the style this fall with blouses that are light on opacity and big on volume. Sheer pieces like this add something special to any look and are great for in-between temps where you can’t quite tell whether you’re hot or cold.

PSL, Please
Pumpkin spice anybody? Let’s be honest, as soon as the temps dip below 90, I pull out everything rust-hued. There’s just something about this warm tone that brings all the fall feels.

Slick Back in Metallics
I know what you’re thinking, but just hear me out! This fun metallic fabric will be your new favorite piece for out-of-this-world fall looks. Not ready to dive in with high-shine head-to-toe? Dabble in metallics with fun accessories like platform sneakers or a silver tote.

Blazer of Glory
And my final, most favorite fall trend? Oversized blazers! The layering possibilities are endless with these 80s-inspired pieces that come in fantastic runs of plaid and all variety of colors, from neutral to bright. Layer a tee underneath when it’s a bit warmer and add on a sweater as the temperature drops. 

I don’t know about you, but writing about all these fall trends gave me a sudden hankering to give my wardrobe a fast fall update! BRB – I gotta clean out my closet so I can trade it in for cool-weather finds. Need to clear some space for your fall-worthy wardrobe? Buffalo Exchange is buying for fall and the best of all seasons (especially menswear), so book an appointment online! They pay 25% of their selling price in cash or 50% through a Digital Store Trade Card.


Halloween Mask-querade with Buffalo Exchange

15 Ghastly-Good Costumes for Halloween 2020!

Can you feel the chill in the air? Halloween is almost here! Even though we may not be able to go door-to-door trick-or-treating or attend a public Halloween bash this year, there are still plenty of ways to party. Here are a few activities to help you get into the Halloween spirit:

  • Carve pumpkins with your besties on Facetime
  • Virtual haunted house tours
  • Halloween movie marathon + (online) viewing party
  • Visit an outdoor pumpkin patch or corn maze 
  • Send Trick-or-Treat emails to your friends (and don’t forget to send along something sweet, like a gift-card for goodies)!
  • Host a virtual costume party on Zoom

Now that you’ve got a few ideas for how to celebrate while staying socially-distant, scroll through for some of our favorite Halloween costumes!

Midsommar May Queen Costume

Midsommar Bear and Cult Member Halloween Costumes

Crown yourself the May Queen of Halloween in a Midsommar group costume! 

Coraline Book Character Halloween Costume, Yellow Rain Jacket and Blue Wig

Brave Halloween night as one of our favorite fearless book characters, Coraline.

Wizard of Oz Group Costume, Glenda the Good WItch, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, Dorothy, Costumes for Halloween 2020

We’re off to see the wizard — and the wonderful world of Halloween costumes at Buffalo Exchange!

Kill Bill's Beatrix The Bride, GoGo Yubari, Costumes for Halloween 2020

Cross Halloween costume shopping off your list with the Kill Bill duo.

Mean Girls group costume, all pink outfits, red top and jeans, costumes for Halloween 2020

A Mean Girls group costume? That is so fetch!

DIY Spaghetti and Meatball costume made with red t-shirt and yarn, costumes for Halloween 2020

DIY spaghetti and meatball costume? Now that’s what we call an ‘outfit recipe’!

Scooby Doo Mystery Inc and Hex Girls Group Costume, costumes for Halloween 2020

Zoinks, it’s the witches – actually, it’s the Hex Girls! Team up with your squad, Zoom style, for a Mystery Inc group costume.

Joker 2019 costume, costumes for Halloween 2020

Put a smile on everyone’s face this Halloween with a spot-on Joker costume.

toast costume, avocado costume, sunny-side-up egg costume, banana costume, strawberry costume, costumes for Halloween 2020

For a well-balanced breakfast – we mean, Halloween costume – shop at Buffalo Exchange.

Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy Spongebob Squarepants costumes, costumes for Halloween 2020

One of our favorite dynamic duos from under-the-sea, Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy from Spongebob Squarepants!

Snap Crackle and Pop Rice Krispies Elves costumes, costumes for Halloween 2020

For Halloween looks that really snap, crackle and pop, DIY your own cereal mascot ensemble.

Jordan Peele Us Tethered costumes, costumes for Halloween 2020

We’re seeing double with this Tethered ‘US’couples costume!

Austin Powers group costume, costumes for Halloween 2020

We SPY a groovy group costume: Austin Powers, Dr. Evil and more!

Cruella De Vil and 101 Dalmatians costume, costumes for Halloween 2020

Spotted: Cruella De Vil and 1 of 101 Dalmatians!

Hocus Pocus Sanderson Sisters costume, costumes for Halloween 2020

Spotted: Cruella De Vil and 1 of 101 Dalmatians

Princess Peach and Mario costumes, costumes for Halloween 2020

Racing to find a last-minute costume? Mario and Princess Peach costumes will take you to the finish line!

Billie Eilish Before the Party's Over Music Video costume, costumes for Halloween 2020

Before the party’s over, dress up like our favorite ‘Bad Guy’, Billie Eilish!

Now that you’ve seen just a few of our favorite Halloween costumes, head to your local Buffalo Exchange to recreate one of these looks (or create your own — the possibilities are endless!). Before you go, you might want to take a look through your closet to see if you have any costume pieces to sell — we’re buying for Halloween (and fall, of course), and your costumes from last year could transform into cash or trade to spend on a spooktacular new look. Have a happy, safe and socially distanced Halloween, from Buffalo Exchange!

 


Lake Powell red rocks with graphic sunset

What to Pack for a 3-day Social Distancing Vacay to the Lake

By Marcella Willden

As I’m sure it did for many of you, 2020 sure shifted around my plans for the summer, but after spending LOTS of time at home, my family and I decided to do a 3-day social distancing vacay to the lake to get some fresh scenery and fresh air. Read ahead to see some of my packing essentials for a quick and safe family trip.

Marcella with long dress holding a carry on

As Many Cute Swimsuits as Possible!
Whenever I know I’ll be swimming daily, I like to pack multiple swimsuits so that I can 1) maximize my outfit possibilities and 2) have a dry one to put on every day. As a bonus, these can be mixed and matched with your other items to create cute lakeside outfits.

Green, red with white stripes and with with black polka dots swimsuit tops and swimsuit bottom

Fresh and Comfy T-shirts
I live in Arizona where summers are H-O-T hot, so when I’m packing for local trips, I like to include plenty of lightweight, breathable T-shirts. Cotton is great in the summer because, if you get it wet, it’ll keep you cool.

White and colorful striped tshirts

Cute Shorts and Skirts
Even though I know I’ll mostly wear swimsuits, I always like to pack a pair of my favorite jeans shorts or a cute skirt to wear at the end of the day and while we’re driving.

Jeans short and Skirt

Sandals, Sandals, Sandals!
For trips to the lake like this one, I always like to bring two pairs of sandals: one that I can get wet and a cute pair that’s good for walking around the marina.

Flip Flops and sandals

And last but not least? Don’t forget to pack cute masks to wear while you’re on the road. If you’re heading out on a roadtrip to a nearby destination, happy packing! Need to refresh your summer vacay wardrobe? Head to your local Buffalo Exchange to shop for some late summer finds, social distancing style. And if your packing happened to inspire a closet cleanout, make sure to book an appointment online to sell your closet cleanout!


$1 Sale Benefiting the Equal Justice Initiative

This past July, Buffalo Exchange Tucson hosted a socially distanced Dollar Sale to raise money for the Equal Justice Initiative. This fantastic organization works hard to end mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the U.S., challenge racial and economic injustice, and protect basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in America. The sale generated $2,390, with all proceeds going directly to the Equal Justice Initiative.

Customers Shopping

During this sale, we tried out a variety of new strategies to ensure a safe shopping environment for customers and employees. For example, we limited it to no more than 45 shoppers at a time in the large parking lot of the store; customers signed up in advance for a shopping time slot; and boxes of clothing were spaced at least six feet apart, while proper use of masks was required for all. We also had customers count their items into trash bags to reduce contact and encouraged contactless payment options like Venmo.

Employees at CheckoutPayment Options Sign

Overall, the sale was a great success! Customers were able to shop safely while scoring some amazing deals and supporting a great cause. Soon, we hope to hold more socially distanced $1 sales at all of our stores to raise money for a wide variety Black non-profit organizations.