How to Sell Your Clothes: 6 Things I’ve Learned About Trading In My Closet Cleanout

By Jessica Pruitt

After selling my closet cleanout to Buffalo Exchange (and shopping on a VERY regular basis) for more than a decade, I’ve learned a thing or two about how it works. Ever wondered how a buyer decides what to buy and what to pass on? Or what kind of stuff you’re supposed to bring in? Here are my top takeaways if you want to sell your clothes!

Clean Out Seasonally, then Bring It All

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Buffalo Exchange buys the best of all seasons, but what does that really mean? Can you actually bring in heavy winter items in June? The answer is yes…and no. On one hand, Buffalo buys primarily for the upcoming season. On the other hand, they’ll buy extremely desirable, like-new items anytime (a current Patagonia down jacket in July, for example, or a designer dress from this season in December). My best advice? When you go to sell your clothes, just bring it all – some pieces are always desirable, regardless of season, and Buffalo’s buyers are happy to look through everything you have.

More than Just Brands

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If you’re trying to crack the code on which brands Buffalo Exchange buys before you head in to sell your clothes or you want to squeeze a price estimate out of them ahead of time, I recommend just stopping into the store with everything you’re cleaning out. Though certain brands are particularly popular, Buyers make selections more based on styles that are selling quickly – and this means that they have to see each item in person. You could have an undesirable designer item that they won’t be able to resell, for example, and a super desirable everyday item that a shopper will snatch up right away. Another thing to note: while a brand’s original price point is factored into the pricing, the desirability of the style, age and condition matter.

Sell Your Clothes, Then Take the Trade

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Since shopping is one of my top hobbies (it counts as a hobby, right?), I ALWAYS take the trade. Anytime you sell, you have the option to take 25% of their selling price in cash or 50% in trade (your buyer will tell you the selling prices of each item they buy from you). I took the cash maybe once and ended up spending it at Buffalo the next week, so that was the end of that. But even if you’re not as much of a shopper as me, the trade is a great option. After you sell your clothes, I recommend shopping around – you can buy some new pieces with your trade (which, believe it or not, is great motivation for a second round of closet cleanout) and take the rest in cash. If you’re in a rush, you can grab a trade card for later (they never expire) or take some on a card and some in cash. There’s nothing like having a hankering to shop and then remembering that you’re Buffalo rich.

Buying Is Based on Inventory Needs

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At Buffalo Exchange, the buyers always make selections based on current inventory needs. On a number of occasions, I’ve bought items at Buffalo, worn them once and then decided I didn’t like them. When I go to sell them back, however, they’re not always able to buy them. Confusing, right? In reality, it’s because the store’s inventory needs can change on a daily or weekly basis. Buyers pay close attention to what’s selling quickly and what’s sticking around, constantly learning new information about what to buy from you when you come in to sell your clothes. At the end of the day, I donate any items that I don’t sell to a deserving local non-profit through Buffalo’s charity pickup program.

Take Advantage of the 24-Hour Hold

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At Buffalo, you can hold up to 5 non-sale items for 24 hours. So if you find something you love but you don’t want to pay full price for it, put the item on hold and head home to clean out your closet. I recently found a pair of Chanel clogs that I just had to have. But instead of maxing out my credit card, I cleanout out my closet – and made enough money in trade to buy the clogs! WIN. PS – If you’ve been procrastinating your cleanout, this is the best motivator.

For High-End Items, Ask About Consignment

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When it comes to high-end items that I paid a lot for (and, ahem, never really wore…), it’s sometimes hard to stomach the fact that, no matter where I sell them, I won’t be able to earn as much back as I originally paid. But at the same time, they do little good sitting in my closet. Take the slightly-too-small Acne booties that I paid over $500 for and wore only a few times over the course of several years. They’re classically stylish and in near-perfect condition. The answer? Consignment! At Buffalo Exchange, you can ask about selling higher end items on consignment. Consignment is offered on a case by case basis. If you do end up going with this option, you’ll forego an immediate payout and wait until the items sells to get paid. They’ll be able to price the item higher, though, and when you do get paid, you’ll receive 50% back in cash instead of 25%. No-brainer!

Hear that? That’s the sound of mysteries unraveling! Just kidding. After years of selling at Buffalo, I’ve learned a lot about how the process works, but I’ve also learned that popular styles and inventory needs are always going to change and I’m probably not going to make $500 back on my $500 pair of boots. But you know what? I don’t care. There’s nothing I love more than trading in my closet for exciting new finds and basically shopping for free. Questions about selling? Let me know in the comments. Otherwise, happy selling and shopping!


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The New Age of Dad Fashion

By Jessica Pruitt, Buffalo Exchange HQ; Clothing from Buffalo Exchange Tucson

Calling all dads! Are you hip to the jive? Are you jiggy with it? You bet you are! If you’re rocking socks with sandals, chunky white sneakers and slightly oversized Hawaiian shirts, this is your time to shine! Go figure – we all finally realized that our dads were right when they told us that practicality is important. Read on to find out our favorite dad fashion of the year!

Beach Dad

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Beach dad is ready to catch a wave or change a diaper – whichever comes first! For a perfectly practical fun-in-the-sun look, we paired some 80s-style swim trunks with a striped tee, a Hawaiian-print shirt (of course!) a retro Ocean Pacific hat and Tevas. This Patagonia messenger bag makes for a surreptitious way to tote diapers, sand toys and sunscreen for the whole family. Dad fashion done right!

Dad on the Go

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For the dad with a million and one things to do, you can’t beat these Columbia shorts (easy to clean!) and this dinosaur pocket tee. Not only is your kid sure to love it, but the pocket makes a great place to store a pacifier. Finish off the look with a beige Disney hat (VERY 90s dad, if you ask us), comfy Vans and couch potato-print socks to express what you’d rather be doing.

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Summer Essentials: The Haul to Take You Through Summer

By Aarian Frye, Buffalo Exchange HQ

Summer is by far my favorite season. The longer days give way to warm nights that feel full of possibility. It’s the season of “Yes, and – .“ For example: “Do you want to go to the beach?” “Yes, AND let’s check out this free concert in the park!” See what I mean? The only hard part of all this freedom is deciding what to wear. With so many cute summer trends, how do you decide what’s necessary to have in your closet? I’ve got you covered! Whether you plan on relaxing at home or heading out on a cross-country roadtrip with your best friends, read ahead for the summer essentials you’ll want to have in your wardrobe.

Macra-made In the Shade

Buffalo Exchange Summer Essentials Crochet Tops and Shorts

This season, macramé and crochet are for more than just art projects! We’re seeing this knit and knot technique used everywhere, from pants and shorts to tank tops. Find yourself a matching rainbow set for double the fun.

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Freaky Friday: My Mother’s Day Styling Challenge

By Aarian Frye, Buffalo Exchange HQ

There are many things I love about my mother, from her sense of humor to her generous spirit. If I had to choose one of my favorites things about her, it’s that she’s never been risk-adverse. She’s braver than I am by a long shot, and doesn’t back down from a challenge… unless the challenge is allowing me – her one and only daughter (Hi, Mom!) – to dress her in outfits outside of her comfort zone. However, she agreed when I added in this one important caveat: my mom could dress me as well *cue ominous lightning strike*.  Read ahead for our Freaky Friday  of an afternoon shopping session at Buffalo Exchange Tucson to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Check, Please

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First, my mom picks out this checkered skirt and off-the-shoulder blouse for me – good job, Mom! This actually looks like a lot of the things I already own. My only hang up is the silhouette of the skirt – I don’t find the knee-length bell shape to be particularly flattering on me. This would be an ideal look for a Mother’s Day brunch, though, and I could definitely see myself wearing this outfit beyond the Buffalo Exchange dressing rooms!

The Clash

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“Oh, Aarian, no,” is my mother’s response to this striped ruffle blouse and floral jeans. Oops. Guess my mom is not much of a pattern clasher. Nonetheless, she tries them on – and doesn’t totally hate it! This is a huge victory in my eyes. If you’re also hesitant about mixing patterns, I recommend keeping the color scheme soft and simple, like we did here.

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Take a Peek Into Our Spring/Summer Zine!

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!

Pastel Daydream

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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.

Retro Revival

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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.

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No Doubt About It: 90s Style is Alive in Philadelphia

By Buffalo Exchange Philadelphia

It’s safe to say that 90s style is making a huge comeback, especially when mixed with current streetwear for a fresh take on old classics. When we think 90s, we think No Doubt, so we put together a whole host of looks based on one of our favorite musical groups. What are you waiting for? It’s time to dust the Spiderwebs off of your retro wardrobe and start Running to your nearest Buffalo Exchange to pay homage to this iconic time period in fashion.

Rock Steady Princesses

Late 90s style was characterized by punk plaids, tight tanks and parachute pants. No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani served as a huge inspiration for these Rock Steady punk princess looks! To create your own version of these outfits, play around with plaid skirts or blazers, lace-up details and fishnet anything. Top them off with combat boots or platforms, choker necklaces and velvet accessories.

Tommy Girl

This look incorporates two of our favorite 90s trends – Tommy Hilfiger pieces and camo pants. If you haven’t picked up a pair of camo pants yet, now’s the time! We’ve been seeing them in a variety of bright colors at Buffalo Exchange stores across the US. Complete this look with a fitted mesh tee layered under a brightly colored bralette and kick back on your Sunday Morning!Full Story


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Six of the Best Tips to Selling Clothes at Buffalo Exchange

By Stephanie, Buffalo Exchange HQ

A change of season often results in a closet refresh. It’s the best time to be most in tune with what to keep and what to sell. When you are ready to sell your clothes, grab it all, and bring it into Buffalo Exchange. Here are six tips that I use when cleaning out my closet to get the most out of selling:

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