Hey, Arizona! It’s time to mark your calendars, because Mcdowell Mountain Music Fest is back for another year of jams in the desert! From Friday, March 1 – Sunday, March 3 2019, M3F will take place at Hance Park in Phoenix, AZ. Dance all night long to artists like Toro Y Moi, Kurt Vile and The Violators, Empire of The Sun and Odesza! And, of course, Buffalo Exchange Phoenix will be there with our vintage airstream trailer for your last-minute festival style. All proceeds from M3F ticket sales will go to local charities, so don’t miss the best fest in the Southwest!
Hey Orange County, Buffalo Exchange Fullerton wants to thank you for being such awesome customers with some free Buffalo swag! Now through November 21st, your purchase of $50 will get you a sweet eco-friendly reusable water bottle. Or, if you spend $75, you’ll receive a handy Buffalo Exchange bolsa! This is a limited time offer, so grab your friends and come down to shop today. Don’t forget – Buffalo Exchange is always buying, so bring your closet cleanout and you could also leave with some extra trade in your pocket!
By Jessica Pruitt, Buffalo Exchange HQ
Here at Buffalo Exchange, we’re proud to announce the newest member of our family – Buffalo Exchange Richmond! The new store is located right in the heart of historic Carytown, alongside tons of independent businesses and great restaurants and just a quick jaunt from VCU. Thanks to a VERY WARM welcome from Carytown residents and our neighboring businesses, the store is off to a great start! We’re so happy to be a part of this unique and thriving neighborhood.
Many shoppers are already noticing our store’s unique décor, a mix between Buffalo’s eclectic, vibrant style and the modern-historic feel of Carytown. Complete with vintage pressed tin ceilings and big display windows, this space is beautiful all on its own. To accent the store’s natural charm, our in-house interior design team added hand-painted signs, vintage displays featuring everything from old pachinko machines to one-of-a-kind mirrors and art deco-look tiles.
American Express cardholders, we’ve got exciting news. You asked, and we listened: starting today 27th, all Buffalo Exchange locations accept American Express! Celebrate by stopping at your local Buffalo Exchange for a weekend of shopping.
Houstonites, have you been missing us? If you didn’t know that we moved a while back, now is the perfect time to check out our sweet digs in the Montrose District at 2901 S. Shepherd Dr! We’re still buying the best of all seasons for men and women, just like old times. We’ll see y’all soon!
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!
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.
By Danielle Hargett, Buffalo Exchange HQ
“Art is not something that humans do when they have nothing else to do. Art is an essential part of the human condition. It happens everywhere and in all circumstances.” – Spencer Block, Co-founder of Buffalo Exchange
Every year, the Buffalo Exchange Arts Award honors an emerging artist in Southern Arizona with $10,000 so that they can continue doing great work for the local community. This year, the award went to Nathanael Gregory Myers. On January 24, 2018, family, friends and other local artists gathered at the University of Arizona Poetry Center to celebrate as Nathanael accepted the award. Luckily for everyone in attendance, he also offered up a very cool performance!
Nathanael Myers accepting the 2017 Buffalo Exchange Arts Award from Kerstin Block, Founder of Buffalo Exchange
Buffalo Exchange Philadelphia has moved! As of January 19, we’re right down the road at 1520 Chestnut St, so stop by our new location and say hello. We’re still buying, selling and trading all day, every day and we would love to see you in the store!
By Buffalo Exchange Chicago
We had so much fun at Pitchfork Festival this year! Buffalo Exchange Chicago came out and set up with a collection of our favorite festival styles and some sweet Buffalo swag. Big thanks to everyone who stopped by!
A Little Bit about Pitchfork Festival
If you’re not familiar with the Pitchfork Festival, it’s an independently run music festival that has quickly gained international acclaim in the 12 years since it started. It showcases more than 40 bands over three days each summer in Chicago’s Union Park and focuses on supporting local businesses and keeping ticket costs reasonable. This year’s festival took place from July 14 to July 16, 2017 and Buffalo Exchange Chicago was lucky enough to be there with our favorite festival wears in tow. This year’s lineup included favorites like LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest, Solange, PJ Harvey, Dirty Projectors and more!
Customers loved our Buffalo Exchange fans, great for keeping cool when the sun was shining bright! Want a fan like this? Stop into one of our stores to see if we have any in stock! They’re free, plus they make you feel like Buffalo royalty.