Refresh your wardrobe for summer with new-to-you styles from Buffalo Exchange! We’re loading up our racks with shorts, tanks and tees for the sunny days ahead. As always, we’ve got you covered for year-round staples like denim and button-ups. Plus, stop in with some of your past favorites for some cash or trade towards some awesome Buffalo finds.
By Jessica Pruitt, Buffalo Exchange HQ
April showers bring May flowers…and our spring/summer zine! For this edition, we share 3 new approaches to spring closet cleaning, feature some of our favorite trends for the season (hint: 90s and 00s are making the cut) and see some amazing style from Buffalo Exchange stores across the country – enjoy a Pastel Daydream at Buffalo Exchange San Diego and a Retro Revival at Buffalo Exchange Atlanta. Then, find out what some of our favorite Instagram style stars love about shopping at Buffalo Exchange and 2 personal stylists’ tips for shopping resale. Stop by your local Buffalo Exchange to pick up a free copy of the zine or read it online!
Cool off with these ice cream-inspired looks! Straight from sunny California, photographer Monique Woolley brings us pastel styles in lavender, mint and peach that play with fun patterns, silhouettes and textures. Special thanks to Moosie’s Ice Cream in San Diego. Makeup by Jenn Liptak, modeling by Stacy Cosman, Raquel Woolley and Almira Staleva.
This summer, we’re loving looks that take us back to simpler times. Photographer Ryan Naru brings on the retro at Buffalo Exchange Atlanta! Modeling by Daija Thomasson, Natalia Diaz and Cassidy Hayes.
All Buffalo Exchange stores are gearing up for warmer days! Refresh your wardrobe for summer by going through your closet and bagging up your past favorites. Bring your clothing and accessories in for cash or trade towards sweet new styles. We’re in need of shorts, tees and more for guys and gals, but we’re always buying year-round staples like denim, dresses and button-ups. Don’t forget: we also take shoes, jewelry and one-of-a-kind vintage pieces.
How To Sell
To sell your cleanout for cash, stop into one of our stores anytime we’re open. Just make sure to bring along a valid government ID (and an adult if you’re under 18). For a few pointers on cleaning out your closet and selling with Buffalo Exchange, find out our top 6 tips for selling your clothes.
If you’re not near one of our stores, try our Sell by Mail program! It’s as simple as requesting a pre-paid shipping bag online, filling it up and sending it in.
By Savannah Timpani; Photo from Buffalo Exchange NYC East Village
Here at Buffalo Exchange NYC East Village, we love pretty much every style you can think of – including a full range of gothic looks. Buyer Eve Williams shows us her take on pastel goth, from all-pink-everything to an oh-so-nostalgic My Little Pony dress. Read on to peek some of her favorite looks!
What is Pastel Goth?
Pastel goth takes modern goth elements and adds a certain softness with sheer fabrics and fun colors like lavender and pink. Statement shoes and playful accessories are key!
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
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!
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!
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!
Buffalo Exchange Brooklyn (Boerum Hill) is buying year-round staples for guys and gals! Bring us your denim, dresses, shorts and more. Don’t forget – we are always looking for awesome shoes and accessories, too. Score big by cleaning out your closet and trade in your previously loved items for some fun spring styles! We’ll see you soon!
By Buffalo Exchange Sherman Oaks; Photography by Saeli Eshelman
These days, retro fashion is dominating the scene. Whether you’re into 60s space age, 70s rock and roll or 90s nostalgia, chances are you’re making a nod to styles past. The coolest part? These throwback looks feel both classic and completely fresh. Buffalo Exchange Sherman Oaks walks us through the decades, one outfit at a time.
Silhouettes of the 60s
During the sixties, space-age trends were hugely popular and are credited for the birth of boxy, structured A-line silhouettes. For a classic take on the decade, we styled a drop waist, mock neck dress with basic, low block heels. This is one of the main styles made popular by mod icons like Twiggy. For a more modern version, we paired a denim jumper in a classic silhouette with velvet ankle booties.
Far Out Retro Fashion
The seventies saw tons of styles inspired by our favorite musicians, with band tees and bell bottoms taking center stage. Did you know these styles made way for the modern T-shirt and jeans look? For a classic take on the 70s, we paired a fringed-up band tee with bell flares and boots. Talk about retro fashion at its coolest. Then, to move it into the modern day, we tried out a suede fringed skirt with a distressed Guns N’ Roses tee and buckled boots.
By Savannah Timpani, Buffalo Exchange HQ
At Buffalo Exchange, we’re all about recycling our clothing and accessories – whether that means trading in our closet cleanout for cash or store credit or repurposing a T-shirt into a fun DIY bag! For an environmental win-win, take a T-shirt you no longer wear and turn it into a reusable tote bag to carry with you when you go shopping. This is the EASIEST DIY EVER, so why not make one this weekend? You can bring it to our Earth Day $1 Day Sale on Saturday, April 21 to carry home all your $1 finds!
What You’ll Need for Your DIY Bag
To make your DIY bag, all you’ll need is a tee of your choosing and some scissors. Did we mention this is the easiest DIY ever?
Step 1: Snip, Snip
Once you have your tee and scissors, you’re ready to get snipping! Start by cutting off the sleeves, including the seam, on each side.
Next, cut off the neckline, including the seam. Keep in mind that, the lower you cut, the deeper the opening of your bag will be.
Step 2: Fringe It Out
Now that you have what looks like a rad tank, cut the bottom of the shirt horizontally along the seam.
Next, cut some slits vertically about 2-3 inches long and 1-2 inches apart all along the bottom. When you’re done, it should look like a fringey tank.
Step 3: Tie It Up
Onto the last step! Tie each piece of fringe with a double overhand knot and VOILA, the perfect tote bag! Extra style points for adding your favorite pins or patches.
In case you didn’t know, Buffalo Exchange is a bagless company. This means that, instead of handing out plastic bags, we hand out charity tokens with each purchase. Fun fact: we’ve donated over $728,595 to thousands of local non-profits and kept over 14.5 million plastic bags from polluting the environment since starting our Tokens for Bags program in 1994. So next time you stop in to shop at your local Buffalo, bring your reusable DIY bag!
By Danielle Hargett, Buffalo Exchange HQ
Every year, we choose a different environmental charity to support through our Earth Day $1 Day Sale. For 2018, we’re thrilled to announce that all proceeds from the sale will go to The 5 Gyres Institute! 5 Gyres is an organization dedicated to using science, art, education and adventure to understand and reduce plastic pollution.
Mark Your Calendars
Clear your schedule – our 21st annual Earth Day $1 Day Sale is coming up on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at all locations, excluding outlets. A special selection of men’s and women’s fashion will be available for just $1 apiece. All proceeds of the sale will be donated to The 5 Gyres Institute in support of their efforts to research ocean plastic pollution and engage communities in the responsible use, design and disposal of plastic materials.
So, What’s a Gyre?
A gyre, pronounced jy-yure, is a ring-like oceanic current system. There are 5 subtropical gyres in the ocean (hence the non-profit’s name!) and, in 2011, 5 Gyres discovered evidence of plastic in all of them. Since then, they have been studying how plastic travels to these gyres and the effects it has on marine ecosystems, wildlife and human health.
5 Gyres may be relatively new, beginning in 2009, but they’ve been at the forefront of major environmental challenges and accomplishments. A notable example is the 2015 U.S. ban on plastic microbeads – tiny pieces of plastic found in cosmetics that you can’t see or filter out. Thanks to their research on plastic pollution and their #BeadFree campaign, the sale and manufacturing of these plastic microbeads are now banned in the United States.
Moving Towards a Plastic Pollution Solution
Current 5 Gyres programs include their TrawlShare, Plastics BAN (Better Alternatives Now) List and Mi Mar educational initiative, just to name a few. Through their Trawlshare program, they engage citizen scientists and are able to broaden their data collection on marine plastic pollution. Their Plastics BAN List gives consumers the chance to learn about the materials they regularly use and provides options for better alternatives to plastic.
One of their newest initiatives, Mi Mar, or My Sea in Spanish, is a program that encourages underserved high school students to learn about plastic pollution through one-day research expeditions off the coast of L.A. Through their programming, they work to spread awareness about the issue, create community engagement and spark ideas for long-term solutions.
Like what you hear? Support 5 Gyres and their mission to reduce plastic pollution by shopping our Earth Day $1 Day Sale this April! To minimize plastic use and maximize your clothing carrying capacity, be sure to bring your own reusable bag to the sale (or buy one of ours, made from 70% recycled bottles)! Don’t forget that the sale is cash only and that $1 items go quickly, so plan to arrive at the store early! For opening hours, check your local Buffalo Exchange. To learn more about 5 Gyres and find out other ways to get involved with this year’s Earth Day $1 Day Sale beneficiary, visit 5gyres.org.
Calling all Portlanders: Buffalo Exchange Hawthorne is buying for spring! If you’re in the middle of a spring closet cleanout and have some past favorites you’re no longer wearing, bring ’em in to trade for your choice of cash or store credit. Spring items like dresses, skirts, lightweight sweaters, tees, short-sleeved button-ups and shorts are great, but we take all seasons, year round. We buy all day, every day, so stop in anytime!