Starting Friday, May 21, Buffalo Exchange Nashville is moving just across the street to 2214 Elliston Place. We’ll be closing early on Tuesday, May 18 at 5pm and will be closed on May 19 and 20 for the move. Shop the same great deals, but in an even better space! Our racks are stocked with all your favorite summer trends – from short-sleeve button-ups and tees to shorts, dresses, tanks and sandals – so come say hello to us in our new location. We’re also buying for summer and the best of all seasons. If you’ve been spring cleaning your closet, book an appointment to sell!
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 $80,800 since 2015 and we look forward to even more charities and organizations benefiting from these donations.
FC Tucson Youth Soccer Club $1 Clothing Sale
Date: Saturday, May 8th
Time: 7am-1pm APPOINTMENT REQUIRED, SIGN UP HERE
Where: 3482 East River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718
Hey Tucson soccer fans, kick it for a good cause and shop at the FC Tucson Soccer Club $1 Clothing Sale! There will be clothing, shoes and accessories for adults and teens of all sizes, and 100% of the proceeds will go directly to FC Tucson to provide financial aid to low-income youth soccer players.
The sale will take place from 7am-1pm — to shop, you must reserve a 45-minute shopping time slot in advance and all shoppers are required to wear a face mask.
YWCA Southern Arizona
Date: Saturday, May 15 & Sunday, May 16
Time: 9am-1pm SHOPPING BY APPT ONLY, SIGN UP HERE
Where: 525 N Bonita Ave, Tucson, AZ 85745
Support the women of our community at YWCA Southern Arizona’s $1 Sale! On Saturday, May 15th and Sunday, May 16th, shop a selection of clothing, shoes and accessories at 525 N. Bonita Ave, YWCA’s Main Campus. Everything is priced at just $1 apiece, and 100% of the proceeds will go directly to YWCA Southern Arizona and their mission to provide wellness and social services to underserved women in Tucson and surrounding communities.
The sale will take place from 9am-1pm. Only 50 shoppers will be allowed in at a time and you must reserve a 45-minute shopping time slot in advance. All shoppers are required to wear face masks at all times. Payments accepted are cash or credit card (for purchases $10 and up!)
Humane Society of Southern Arizona
Date: Saturday, May 22 & Sunday, May 23
Time: 9am-1pm SHOPPING BY APPT ONLY, SIGNUP LINK COMING SOON
Where: 635 W Roger Rd, Tucson, AZ 85705
This is your last chance to show your support and shop at an HSSA $1 Sale! On Saturday, May 22nd and Sunday, May 23rd, shop a huge selection of clothing, shoes and more at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona located at 635 W Roger Rd. We’ll be accepting cash and card, so stop by the ATM before you arrive! Masks required at all times.
The sale will be held from 9am to 1pm, and a 45-minute appointment is required to shop. Schedule your appointment online, link coming soon!
Date: Saturday, June 5th
Time: 8am-1pm SHOPPING BY APPT ONLY, SIGNUP LINK COMING SOON
Where: 325 W 2nd St, Tucson, AZ 85705
Tucson, show your support to our African American neighbors and community members by shopping at the Tucson Juneteenth $1 Sale! On Saturday, June 5th, shop clothing, shoes and accessories for just $1 apiece at the historic Dunbar Pavilion located at 325 W 2nd St. All proceeds from the $1 Sale will go directly to Tucson Juneteenth to support their mission of sharing and celebrating the rich history of liberated African Americans through their annual Juneteenth event.
This $1 Sale is cash only, so stop by the ATM before you arrive and remember to wear your mask! Sign-up link coming soon.
Calling all moms! Treat yourself to a shopping spree this Mother’s Day! On Sunday, May 9, all moms will receive 10% off their purchase at any Buffalo Exchange location. Moms are awesome, so take some well-deserved me time or make a family day-on-the-town of it by getting your sustainable style fix, then grabbing lunch at one of your neighborhood favorites. Have you been spring cleaning your closet? Make an appointment to sell as well! We’re buying for spring, summer and the best of all seasons and you could get trade to put towards fantastic new warm-weather looks. Book your appointment to sell at BuffaloExchange.com/Locations.
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.”
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.”
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.”
Whether you recently booked an appointment online to sell 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:
- Masks are required!
- Socially distancing throughout the store
- Dressing rooms open on a limited basis and our exchange policy is extended to 10 days
- We offer contactless payment like Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay (cash and card still accepted!)
- Sneeze guards at every register and buy counter
- Increased cleaning
Wear a Mask!
Before you head into your local Buffalo, 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
Our dressing rooms are open on a limited basis, so check in with an employee when you’re ready to try on! We’ve also 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.
In addition, we have hand sanitizer throughout the store, regular cleaning and sanitation protocols and daily employee temperature checks. That’s it! Our stores are stocked, so stop in to enjoy the thrill of the hunt. We 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.
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)!