Hey, Portland! Buffalo Exchange Portland (Hawthorne) is hiring full-time and part-time Buyers and Cashiers! On the weekend of November 30th – December 2nd, step in to meet our team and fill out an application – you could even land an on-the-spot interview! Working at Buffalo Exchange is so much more than your average retail job because you’ll learn all about fashion and get sweet perks like employee discount, paid time off and more. We also offer full health benefits and a 401 (k) retirement plan! Want a head start? Apply online today!
By Aarian Frye (Buffalo Exchange HQ) & Buffalo Exchange Tempe
At Buffalo Exchange, it’s not uncommon to hear about die-hard shoppers turning their love of the store into fashion careers! Today, we meet Cornell, who has worked as a Buyer at Buffalo Exchange Tempe since March 2017. We talk about his journey in the fashion industry and his personal style!
The Stuff Fashion Careers Are Made Of
Cornell’s enthusiasm for Buffalo started at a young age. In middle school, he “came to the realization that you could love fashion and make a career out of that passion.” Cornell couldn’t wait to apply and join the team at Buffalo Exchange Tempe.
By Jessica Pruitt, Buffalo Exchange HQ
Ok guys, I’m going to level with you: moving to a new city is really hard! When I decided to leave behind my best friends and family for the sand-colored pastures of Tucson, AZ, I was bright-eyed and bushy tailed. Even though I was going to miss our Portland, Oregon store, where I had first started with the company as a Buyer and then Associate Manager, I was excited to be taking on a new role in the Buffalo Exchange Marketing Department. I fancied myself to be bold, daring, independent. And so I packed all my worldly possessions into my teeny-tiny Chevy Spark and tottered my way down to the desert. When I got here, though, I wasn’t quite so bold and daring as I thought. Instead, when I wasn’t at work, I spent a lot of time feeling lonely and out-of-place. Here’s what I did to ease my way into life in a brand new city!
Appreciate Your New Surroundings
The best way to get your bearings after moving to a new city is to get out and see what it has to offer. Take a walking photo tour of the downtown area – no doubt, you’ll happen across cool murals, interesting architecture and local restaurants you might like to try. In my case, I even came across a beautiful end-to-end rainbow (thanks, desert monsoons!). A photo tour is especially great because it’ll give you the chance to show off your new neighborhood to all of your friends and family back home.
My first priority when moving to a new city? Finding out where to shop! Go figure that the Buffalo Exchange here quickly became my favorite place to buy clothes in Tucson. Since each store buys most of its inventory from people in the neighborhood, shopping at Buffalo is also a good way to get a feel for the local area.
Try a New Hobby
Always wanted to learn woodworking or take piano lessons? Now’s your chance! Before moving to a new city, make a list of hobbies you’d like to try and start researching classes or teachers. Personally, I started voice lessons, choir, a fiction writing workshop, kickboxing, rock climbing and eventually even played in a musical. It kept me very busy, but I don’t regret a single late night – after all, how many chances do you have to devote yourself wholeheartedly to your own interests?
Join a Club
Joining a club is a great way to meet likeminded new people and get involved in a local community. No matter what you’re interested in, there’s probably a club (or at least a Meetup or Facebook group) for it, so get Googling! When I found myself moving to a new city, I decided it might be cool to take up caving, so I did a quick Google search for “caving club” and found out when their next meeting was. Little did I know that the people I met there would become some of my closest friends in the area! Not only did I find something I was extremely passionate about, but I found a community that I really felt like I belonged to – definitely a make or break decision.
Moving to a New City? Get Out and Explore!
No matter where you move to, there’s guaranteed to be something cool about it – a beautiful hiking area, a breathtaking viewpoint, a phenomenal art museum, a fun amusement park or an artsy historic town. As you’re settling into your new space, start making a bucket list of things to do in the area. Then, when you’re feeling homesick, get out your calendar and start scheduling them out.
When I found myself laying on the floor of my studio apartment in existential despair – oh wait, did I say that out loud? – it helped to have something to look forward to other than a weekend alone putting together Ikea furniture. My Tucson/Arizona bucket list included everything from the botanic gardens and the planetarium to the historic mining town of Bisbee and the Grand Canyon.
Keep at It!
The number one rule of moving to a new city, though, is keeping at it! When the going gets tough and you miss your friends and family back home, keep on putting yourself out there, trying new activities and being the fierce, independent person you are. You never know when one thing will lead to the next and finally click into place. I’ll admit that I felt pretty homesick the first 6 months or so. I felt like I’d finally landed my dream position and was proud of myself for making such a bold move, but it took a while to make some good friends and feel at home in a strange land. All things in time. You’ll soon be rolling down the streets of your new city like you always lived there! In the meantime, if you ever need to see a friendly face, just stop by Buffalo Exchange. We’re happy to give recommendations for fun things to do in your local area!
By Savannah Timpani and Amy Donegan, Buffalo Exchange HQ
At Buffalo Exchange, we’re all about personal style. Each of us has our own unique fashion journey, so we talked to Amy Donegan, an Administrative Assistant who has worked at Buffalo Exchange Headquarters for 7 years. She tells us how her style has evolved over the years!
How would you describe your personal style?
Up until a little while ago, I was unaware that I had my own personal style. Being the youngest girl growing up, I received a lot of hand-me-downs. I didn’t mind because my sisters had the coolest style and still do. Now, I would say my personal style is very eclectic. I pick my outfits depending on my mood that day. Some of my favorite looks are western (love my cowboy boots!), boho or just classic black and white. I always strive to express an understated elegance in whatever I wear.
What spurred your style evolution?
In 2015, I lost a significant amount of weight and really tried to explore and embrace different pieces that I never would have thought of wearing before. It’s wonderful working for a company that encourages you to express your individuality and personal style. While my sizes were changing, Buffalo was a great place to trade my clothes in for a fresh wardrobe! Plus, there’s such a wide variety of brands and styles that I really had the chance to figure out my own unique personal style.
What is different about your personal style now?
My clothes are much more vibrant! Before, I did wear color, but I more often gravitated towards black and grey. I still wear those colors, but now I pair them with bright patterns. I also have lots of fun with accessories. A hat, scarf or jewelry can add flair to any outfit.
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.
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!
“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.
By Aarian Frye, Buffalo Exchange Headquarters; Photos from Buffalo Exchange Chicago (Wicker Park)
We stopped by Buffalo Exchange Wicker Park to meet Kaylee, a Buyer-turned-Associate Manager who’s been with the company for over two years. We wanted to get a glimpse of her life, find out what she loves about working for Buffalo and, of course, ask her about her favorite wardrobe item (SPOILER ALERT: it’s this kick-butt All Saints Balfern leather jacket!)
Kaylee moved to Chicago three years ago with her beloved fur baby, a cat named Egg. When she’s not working at Buffalo Exchange Wicker Park, Kaylee is a fashion student at Columbia College Chicago, where she hopes to pursue visual merchandising, styling and art direction.
When we asked her what she loves most about working at Buffalo, Kaylee says that, “Every day is different. I get to meet a lot of different people with different styles that I draw inspiration from for my own work in fashion. It has also lead me to being more experimental with my style.”
If becoming a buyer like Kaylee sounds like the career path for you, you’re in luck – we’re looking for friendly, fashion-driven folks to join the Herd at locations across the country! Come down to your local Buffalo Exchange or apply online today.
By Buffalo Exchange Los Angeles (Santa Monica)
Having a job in fashion is a great way to explore new styles and refine your own personal tastes – especially when that job is at Buffalo Exchange, where new inspiration comes into the store daily! Buffalo Exchange Los Angeles (Santa Monica) employee Danyel loves bringing her streetwear-inspired personal style to work every day and constantly discovering new things about fashion. As she puts it, Buyers are “50% fashion encyclopedias, 50% curious.” Read on to find out more!
How would you describe your personal style?
I like to think of my style as street mixed with a touch of elegance. My go-to look is tomboy/chic, which basically means an oversized T-shirt or dress, jeans and sneakers (or heels if I’m going out on the weekend). Add a cute cross-body bag and, of course, BIG HAIR and I’m all set!
By Mary McMahon, Buffalo Exchange HQ
Next time you see a piece of trash on the ground, you might just want to pick it up – you never know where it might lead! For Chris Hamrick, this simple good deed jump-started his career in retail management with Buffalo Exchange. Back in 2003, he was trying on clothes at his local Buffalo when he noticed a piece of trash on the fitting room floor. His retail background had taught him to notice this type of thing, so he went ahead and picked it up. This rare, helpful gesture caught the attention of the manager and, next thing you know, Chris was getting hired as a brand new Buyer at our Haight Street location in San Francisco.
The Right Fit
Chris took to the job like a fish to water (or maybe a Buffalo to the plain?). He immediately found that he loved talking fashion with customers and meeting people from all different walks of life. He even started counting many of his regulars as friends. In particular, he remembers a customer who always came in to shop and chat but rarely walked away with anything. So Chris did what any good Buyer would do – he asked what the customer was looking for! When he found out the customer was shopping for streetwear gems, Chris helped his store to keep an eye out for these items. Even though Chris has a flair for vintage and is usually decked out in head-to-toe 70s, he loves fashion and found the process of learning about all different types of styles fascinating.
When You Love Your Job
Within a few years of starting at the Haight Street store, Chris’s hard work and passion for helping customers won him a promotion to Buyer Expert and, just a year later, Buyer Trainer. But it didn’t stop there! In 2015, Chris transferred to our San Francisco Mission District location and jumped head-first into his career in retail management – he was quickly promoted to Associate Manager, then Store Manager. Now celebrating 14 years in the herd, he is excited for the fun new challenge of being a Store Manager. There’s always work to be done, but he knows he can succeed in his new role by focusing on the things that matter most: great clothes and great customers!
For anyone out there like Chris who loves fashion and loves meeting new people, stop by your local Buffalo Exchange to fill out an application or apply online today! We’re always looking for friendly individuals to join our team. And hey, who knows? It might just be the start of your new career in fashion or retail management.
As 2017 comes to a close, we’re thinking about our hopes and resolutions for 2018, but we’re also thinking about all the great things that happened over the past year. We’d like to say thank you to all who have made our success possible. Best wishes and Happy New Year to all of our wonderful Buffalos – customers and employees alike! We couldn’t do it without you. Cheers to a fantastic 2018!
By Mary McMahon, Buffalo Exchange HQ
What does it mean to love your job? I have worked at Buffalo Exchange for almost 6 years – at the Phoenix and Tempe locations and now Buffalo Exchange Headquarters. As part of the Buffalo herd, that’s actually kind of short. During any given month, Buffalo Exchange employees across the country celebrate their 10, 15 or even 20 year anniversaries. So why do we stick around for so long? I can’t speak for everyone, but I can tell you 3 reasons why I love my job.
I worked in retail before Buffalo Exchange, so I remember the pressure to buy and wear items from our newest shipment, which made all of us employees feel like cookie cutter copies of each other. When I started at Buffalo, that all changed. Part of the Buffalo Exchange philosophy is to respect and encourage individuality. Just like the clothes on our racks and the customers that walk through our door each day, we want our staff to reflect that same level of uniqueness.
I love my job at Buffalo Exchange because I’ve met major league athletes, musicians that tour the world, even a couple that owns a store in Harajuku. From the teen looking for the trendiest clothes, to the woman looking for vintage Western wear, to the guy that comes to Buffalo to expand his ever-growing shoe collection, I’ve had the opportunity to meet new people every single day that I may not have crossed paths with otherwise.
From day one of starting at Buffalo, I realized how involved each store is in giving back to its local community. Buffalo Exchange doesn’t use plastic bags, instead giving customers a 5 cent token to donate to one of the 3 local charities currently sponsored through our Tokens for Bags program. These charities change every six months so that we can support a variety of non-profits. Customers also have the option of donating clothing items we weren’t able to buy for the store to a local charity.
Every Earth Day, each store has a $1 sale and donates all of the proceeds to charity. We also have our annual Coats for Cubs drive, where customers can donate fur items that we then send to wildlife rehabilitators to comfort orphaned or injured animals. In my time working in the store, I had the chance to be a part of a homeless shelter holiday drive, a park cleanup and an event where we helped outfit homeless young adults for job interviews. Seeing the programs of so many charities firsthand and the hard work that goes into keeping them running made me want to volunteer. One of my favorite charities that Buffalo connected me with is Brambley Hedge Rabbit Rescue. I love my job because I know I am helping make a positive impact on the environment and my community.
Connections that Last Forever
The beauty of working in resale is that we get new items in every single day. That being said, some customers come in more often than they might come into a regular retail store. After all, they never know what they might find! As a result, we not only know them by name, but we get to know their size, what brands they like and what items they’re looking for right now. There are few things quite as fun as seeing a regular customer walk through the door and pointing them to an item on the rack that you know they’ll love.
There is something special about seeing a customer more often than you might see even your family or friends. Before you know it, you feel like they are just that – a friend. I will always remember the customers that wanted to buy me cupcakes on my birthday, customers that noticed when I went on vacation and told me that they missed me or couldn’t wait to catch me up on where they wore the outfit we helped them pick out. One of the most memorable customers I made friends with was a woman in her 70s that would often come in to try on funky hats and buy leopard print shoes. I loved helping her pick out clothes for her tap dancing class and her college reunion. She would occasionally write me letters when she was on vacation to tell me about the Buffalo Exchange stores that she was visiting. Where else could I make so many fun, meaningful connections?
If you want to work for a company that celebrates individuality, gives back to the community and allows you the chance to make connections that last forever, look no further. Our stores across the country are always looking for people to join our team! Apply in-store or online today.