All Buffalo Exchange locations will be CLOSED Saturday, July 4th to celebrate Independence Day. We’ll be open as usual on Friday, July 3, so stop by your neighborhood Buffalo for last-minute summer outfits and sunny-day accessories like hats, sandals and sunglasses. We’ll reopen on Sunday, July 5th – check your local store’s hours here. When we reopen, don’t forget that we’re also buying for summer, fall and the best of all seasons — if you’re cleaning out, call your neighborhood store to schedule a drop-off selling appointment! Here’s to a fun and safe holiday, from all of us here at Buffalo Exchange.
Whether you recently made an appointment to drop off your closet cleanout and now have a digital trade card burning a hole in your inbox or you’re just coveting a closet refresh, Buffalo Exchange is open for all your secondhand shopping needs! Our stores have adapted to the new world of social distancing and we’ve implemented some new guidelines to keep shopping secondhand safe for everyone. Read ahead for everything you need to know about the new normal of shopping at Buffalo Exchange!
Here’s the TL DR of what’s new in our stores:
- Stores have reduced hours and limit the number of shoppers.
- Masks are required!
- Socially distance and keep 6 feet between yourself and others.
- Dressing rooms are closed (for now), but our exchange policy is extended
- We offer contactless payment like Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay (cash and card still accepted!)
Wear a Mask!
Before you head into your local Buffalo, keep in mind that many of our stores have reduced hours and are allowing a limited number of shoppers in at a time, so be sure to check your local Buffalo Exchange’s store hours. Once you’re good to go, remember to grab your mask! This is important and helps keep our stores safe: masks are required for customers and store employees alike, and must be worn covering your nose and your mouth through the duration of your time in the store.
Maintain Social Distancing
While you’re shopping around, please be mindful of others and do your best to keep the recommended 6 feet of space between yourself and your fellow shoppers. This may mean doubling back to check out a super cute top you saw on a rounder where someone else was shopping, but we want everyone to feel comfortable and uncrowded while they browse around for those one-of-a-kind finds Buffalo Exchange is known for. We’ll have social-distancing reminders posted around the store, but feel free to reach out to an employee if another customer isn’t giving you the space you need!
New Protocols for Trying On
For the time being, our dressing rooms are closed — a bummer for those of us who love a good shopping montage, we know! But bear with us, we’ve extended our exchange policy to a full 10 days. With extra time to try on at home, you can say “yes!” to that dress or bring it back to return for store credit. Just remember to hold on to your receipt and keep the tags attached! As usual, sale items are still non-returnable.
For shoes and accessories, you’re still able to try on in-store — just place the items that don’t work out into the designated baskets, next to the shoe racks or on top of the jewelry counters. From there, our employees will sanitize the items before they’re placed back onto the sales floor.
Checking Out With Your Finds
When you’re ready to purchase, you may notice things look a little different at the register: we’ve installed sneeze guards at checkout (and buy counters) as an extra safeguard. Once it comes time for payment, you can choose contactless payment methods like Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay and tap-to-pay credit cards. Don’t have one of these? We are still accepting credit cards and cash. Need to enter a pin? To reduce contact, we have disposable cotton swabs for you to use instead of pushing buttons directly on the card terminals.
That’s it! With these new safety protocols in addition to a whole new way for customers to sell their closet cleanouts, we’re excited to welcome everyone back for some sustainable shopping. We appreciate all the support we received from the community and can’t wait to see you all back in the store again soon!
Each year, Buffalo Exchange teams up with the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona to award an artist in Southern Arizona with the Arts Award. Candidates are selected by two separate panels of experts who are familiar with the Southern Arizona Arts scene and judged based on both the candidates’ artistic endeavors and the impact they’ve made in the community. Since 1994, Buffalo Exchange has awarded almost $240,000 to 26 Southern Arizona artists.
Rebecca Block and Kerstin Block with Allison Miller and Bryan Falcón
For the 25th round of recipients in 2019, Buffalo Exchange Founder & President Kerstin Block and her daughter, Vice President Rebecca Block, celebrated by offering two awards of $10,000 – one in performing arts and one in visual arts.“We created the Arts Award because we believe art is essential to the well-being of the community,” says Kerstin. “This year, we’re glad for the chance to honor Allison and Bryan, who both have an incredible impact on the local area.”
Allison Miller with Buffalo Exchange Founder Kerstin Block and CFSA Director of Community Investments Kelly Huber
Meet Allison, a Tucson-Born Muralist
Allison Miller, a muralist and native of Tucson, has spent much of her career giving back to the community through public art projects. She currently coordinates and facilitates murals that are artistically accessible for community members, allowing young artists and other volunteers to contribute. “A lot of it for me is involving people in creating an identity for their specific space,” says Miller, “whether it’s a park or their jogging path. When people are invested in beautification, they keep it that way.” Having worked on dozens of murals, Miller’s art is a familiar sight and an ode to the unique identity of Tucson.
Scoundrel & Scamp Postcard: Images by Tim Fuller, Design by Cat Dog Mouse Media
Scoundrel & Scamp Production of Blood Wedding: Photo by Tim Fuller.
Bryan Falcón with Buffalo Exchange Founder Kerstin Block and CFSA Director of Community Investments Kelly Huber
Meet Bryan Falcón, Founder of Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre
Bryan Falcón, winner of the performing arts award, is the Artistic and Managing Director of the Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre, a nonprofit he founded with his wife after becoming enamored with the art scene and diverse culture of Tucson. Bryan believes that theater uplifts society by transporting people to places that they would not otherwise go. “We have a chance to step into somebody else’s skin for a little while and try to understand and, hopefully, walk away with some sort of connection to the heart,” says Bryan.
Allison Miller Mural
It’s reasons like these that Buffalo Exchange has continued this award for the past 25 years. “Art is not something that humans do when they have nothing else to do,” said Spencer Block, Buffalo Exchange co-founder. “Art is an essential part of the human condition. It happens everywhere and in all circumstances.” To learn more about the history of the Arts Award and to see a list of all other artists who’ve been honored over the years, visit the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona’s website!
Happy awards season, everyone! While we certainly love watching our favorite celebs strut the red carpet, there’s another important accolade that comes to mind: the 2019 Buffalo Exchange Arts Award! According to Buffalo Exchange co-founder Spencer Block, art is not “the cherry on top” of life — rather, it is “essential to the well-being of society”. For the past two and a half decades, Buffalo Exchange has supported the creative spirit of Southern Arizona by honoring local artists, and performers with the Arts Award. Read ahead to learn more about the history of the Award and some of our past honorees.
How the Arts Awards Came to Be
In 1994, Kerstin and Spencer Block founded The Buffalo Exchange Arts Award in partnership with the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA). Since that time, the Fund has awarded $10,000 a year to one deserving local artist. This has allowed artists to continue their work in the local community. We are absolutely thrilled to celebrate 25 years of the Arts Award by honoring not just one, but two Southern Arizonans who’ve made a significant impact in the lives of fellow Arizonans through their work. This year’s dual award will go to Allison Miller for Visual Arts and Bryan Falcón for Performing Arts. They’ll both receive $10,000 to continue their excellent work in the community during a ceremony on January 30th, 2020 at the Community Foundation Campus.
Buffalo Exchange Arts Awards Honorees
Dante Celeiro, Community Leader and 2018 Arts Award Recipient
Dante Celeiro is a leader in the LGBTQIA+ community of Tucson. After moving from NYC to the desert over 25 years ago, Dante has worked with the Southern Arizona Aids Foundation and now manages Boys R Us, Arizona’s first gender performance group. Dante also created Fluxx, a non-profit organization that advocates for an open dialogue around queer culture and works to increase visibility of queer arts and culture through exhibitions, performance art and workshops.
Nathanael Gregory Myers, Multi-Discipline Performing Artist and 2017 Arts Award Recipient
As a multidisciplinary artist, Nathanael has showcased his art throughout a wide array of Tucson venues – most notably through his work with the Museum of Contemporary Art and through performances at Artifact Dance Project and The Rogue Theatre (you can also find some of his paintings hung in galleries across town!). A painter, dancer and musician, Nathanael works to combine romanticism, biology and elements of nature as he explores the mediums of visual and performing arts.
Rachael Rios, Visual Artist and 2016 Arts Award Recipient
The 2016 Buffalo Exchange Emerging Artist in Visual Arts Award went to artist Racheal Rios. Rachael is a native Tucsonan who describes her drawings as a reflection of her relationship with the desert and the things that inhabit it — common elements of her artwork include cactus flowers and various Arizona wildlife such as coyotes, javelinas and jaguars.
Rick Wamer, Visual & Performing Artist and 2015 Arts Award Recipient
Rick Wamer has been described by Tucson Weekly as “part dancer, part actor, part comedian”. Mentored by the famed French actor and mime Marcel Marceau, Rick is a globally recognized performing artist who inspires and touches the lives of thousands each year. Rick is the co-founder of Embody Learning in Tucson.
Chris Black, Performing Artist and 2014 Arts Award Recipient
Chris Black is a composer and performer from Tucson. Currently playing primarily as a solo double bassist, he is the founder of the alt-classical chamber music concert series ChamberLab.
Heather Green, Visual Artist and 2010 Arts Award Recipient
The 2010 Arts Award was bestowed upon visual artist Heather Green. In Green’s own words, her work examines the “historical and ecological narratives of the Northern Gulf of California and Sonoran Desert.” A Tucson native, Heather currently works in Tempe as Assistant Professor of Book Arts at Arizona State University.
Since its creation in 1994, Buffalo Exchange has awarded over $214,000 to artists in Southern Arizona. As we look forward to the next decade, we’re reminded of a quote from Spencer Block: “Artists are the visionaries. They go where no one has gone and show us the way.” In 2020 and the years beyond, we can count on Buffalo Exchange and the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona to continue to celebrate artists in our community so they may continue their work, and in turn, continue to show us the way into the future.
By Marcella Willden, Photography and Artwork by Alex Coronel
It’s been said that a picture is worth 1,000 words, but we think this new mural at Buffalo Exchange Austin, painted by local artist Alex Coronel, is easily worth 1 million! To learn more about his incredible mural, we caught up with Alex to chat about his creative process, passion for art and love for Buffalo Exchange.
When did your passion for art begin?
I’ve always considered myself an artist and I’ve been painting for as long as I can remember! When I worked for a friend’s theater company after college, I started creating murals without even knowing it — they needed an artist, so I signed on and painted a few backdrops. That experience came in handy when I applied to do my first mural and I felt more prepared than I initially thought I would!
How would you describe your artistic style?
I’d say that my style is ever-changing and unlimited. I would never want to snuff the light of an idea just because it wouldn’t fit into a certain style of mine. So, a lot of the time, I try a medium or style I’m not too familiar with. I quite enjoy it!
What advice do you have for aspiring artists?
Take chances! Instead of limited yourself to an 8×11 canvas, paint on something that’s 6 feet tall. Fill that space with something big— it doesn’t literally have to be a 6ft canvas, it can be anything that intimidates you. It might not be what you initially had in mind, but you may surprise yourself. I want to encourage aspiring artists to explore the art world with confidence and tenacity.
TUCSON! Shop, save and fundraise at an upcoming Clothing for the Community® $1 sale! Update your wardrobe with a fantastic selection of clothing & accessories for JUST $1 apiece while supporting a great local non-profit. Through our new Clothing for the Community® program, Southern Arizona non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations can apply to receive large clothing donations from Buffalo Exchange’s Sell By Mail program. Charities can then use this donation of clothing and accessories to generate money for their organization by hosting a $1 Sale. Variations of this program have raised $57,266 since 2015 and we look forward to even more charities and organizations benefiting from these donations.
Check back soon for upcoming sales!
If you’ve been to Buffalo Exchange, you may have seen Tokens for Bags® boxes near the checkout counter and wondered how they work. At Buffalo, it’s important to us to have a positive impact on the communities we’re apart of and on the environment. So, instead of giving out single-use plastic bags, we give shoppers 5 cent tokens to donate to their choice of three local charities. Since 1994, we’ve raised over $778,000 for thousands of local nonprofit organizations across the United States. We’ve also kept over 15.5 million plastic bags out of the environment! Read ahead to find out more about some of the non-profits you can support right now just by shopping at your local Buffalo Exchange.
Providing Love and Care to Senior Dogs at Frosted Faces
You can donate a charity token to Frosted Faces any time you shop at our San Diego, Pacific Beach location. Frosted Faces advocates and delivers quality veterinary care for senior animals whose lives are in jeopardy. By the looks on their adorable faces, you can see how much these love bugs appreciate all of the help and affection they receive from this awesome non-profit!
Fostering Creativity & Sustainability with Turnip Green
Love helping the environment? Drop a charity token in Turnip Green’s box any time you shop at our Nashville, Tennessee location. Turnip Green fosters creativity and sustainability through community education and reuse, diverting usable material from landfills. In particular, they collect paper and plastic products to use in artist workshops and after-school programs for children throughout the greater Nashville area. We love what Turnip Green does to help reduce waste and keep our planet green!
Keeping Active and Promoting Wellness through Chicago Run
Support Chicago Run when you shop at Buffalo Exchange Chicago (Wicker Park). They promote the health and wellness of Chicago children through innovative, engaging and sustainable youth running programs. Their goal is to improve and enhance the physical fitness and social/emotional well-being of all participants, ages pre-K through high school. Chicago Run serves 18,000 children and youth from 36 diverse neighborhoods throughout the area!
These are just a few of many amazing organizations you can support through Tokens for Bags®. Because of customers like you, we’re able to give back to communities across the US, so treat yourself to a feel-good shopping trip! Want to know which charities you can support when you stop by your local Buffalo Exchange? Find out more on our Tokens for Bags® page!
By Aarian Frye
It’s the most wonderful time of the year — Halloween! As the witching hour approaches, you may find yourself without a costume – that’s where Buffalo Exchange comes in. From our favorite movies to our favorite foods, we’ve compiled some of our favorite costumes from last year to inspire your look this Halloween! Ready to recreate one of these? Just step into your local Buffalo – we’ll help you find everything you need to create your spookiest costume yet!
Want a super trendy costume that you can pull together with pieces from your own closet? Live out your teenage dream with looks from your favorite high school comedies!
A Mean Girls costume is totally fetch – just don’t tell Regina George! Photo from Buffalo Exchange Tempe.
If there’s any time to try out the Romy and Michelle diet of gummy bears, jellybeans and candy corn, it’s Halloween! Photo from Buffalo Exchange Boston (Allston).
XOXO, you know you love this Gossip Girl group from Buffalo Exchange Brooklyn (Boerum Hill)!
By Katherine Bonnie & Aarian Frye, Photography by Katherine Bonnie
Meet Sedona: the electrifying dirty pop group based out of New York City. The band is comprised of five members: Tia on drums, Merilyn on keyboard, Claire on guitar, and Lily on bass with lead singer Sedona at the forefront. Even though the group has a wide array of personal styles, they’re all avid thrifters with an appreciation for vintage gems. It’s little surprise, then, that the group loves shopping at Buffalo! “I’ve shopped at Buffalo for as long as I’ve lived in New York, so four years now,” Claire says. “My entire outfit is from Buffalo Exchange!” Tia adds.
Sedona did their first tour in March of 2019, driving 70 hours across the country in an old church bus to play SXSW and venues in New Orleans, Pennsylvania and their home base of NYC. “We played a bunch of shows. It was beyond fun to travel and perform with a group of inspiring ladies that I’m lucky enough to call my family!” says lead singer Sedona. They returned full of inspiration for new projects. All five members of the band light up when they talk about their plans for the group. “We set aside some time this summer to write together, which was a first for us, and we can’t wait to play more shows.”
Sedona’s next show is at Rough Trade in Brooklyn on Wednesday, August 14th. You can find their music on Spotify, Soundcloud and Youtube and keep up with the band on Instagram and Facebook. If you’re feeling inspired by this band’s catchy tunes and unique personal styling, head to your local Buffalo Exchange to shop some vintage finds of your own!
Happy summer, everyone! Although the summer solstice is still on the horizon, the festivities have already begun – most notably Pride. Whether you’re strutting your stuff at Pride as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community or you’re tagging along as an ally, we’ve compiled a bundle of inspiration for you to take along on your pre-Pride shopping trip!
Pride Flag jumpsuit at NYC Pride 2018
A magnificent butterfly cape from Buffalo Exchange Astoria
Sequins at NYC Pride