Skip the Bag & Give Back Through Tokens for Bags®

Hey Buffaloes! Have you seen the Tokens for Bags® boxes near the checkout counter at your local Buffalo Exchange and wondered how it works? Instead of giving out single-use plastic bags, we hand out 5-cent tokens with each purchase that customers can donate to one of four rotating local non-profits. Since starting this program in 1994, we’ve donated more than $803,000 to thousands of local organizations and kept over 16 million plastic bags out of circulation. That means you can give back and help out the environment just by shopping! We support new non-profits every 6 months. Below are just a few of the awesome organizations that you can support at your local Buffalo now through the end of June.

Buffalo Exchange Tokens for Bags Candlelighters Buffalo Exchange Tokens for Bags Candlelighters

Support Youth Affected by Cancer When You Shop at BE Tucson

Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern Arizona supports, serves and advocates for children and adolescents with cancer and other blood disorders. It also supports their families, long term survivors, bereaved families and the professionals that care for them. This includes a prom for survivors and those undergoing treatment, Thanksgiving dinner and annual family camps. Currently, the Candlelighters Foundation serves approximately 300-450 children and family members annually. Support this great organization next time you shop at BE Tucson!

Buffalo Exchange Tokens for Bags Black & Pink

Buffalo Exchange Tokens for Bags Black & Pink

Give Back to LGBTQIA2S+ People Affected by the Prison System

Black & Pink is a national organization dedicated to abolishing the criminal punishment system and liberating LGBTQIA2S+ people and people living with HIV/AIDS who are affected by that system through advocacy, support, and organizing. Black & Pink provides inside member support to their network of 21,000 incarcerated members, along with community support to people who are impacted by violent systems (i.e. white supremacy, anti-Blackness, transphobia, incarceration, etc.). Support Black & Pink when you shop at BE Chicago (Andersonville), BE Fullerton or BE Costa Mesa!

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Support Equine-Facilitated Learning and Therapy 

Healing with Horses Ranch is an equine-facilitated learning and therapy center that promotes increased independence and resilience through the power of the horse. By creating space for healthy relationships between horses and humans, they help students learn life skills in a safe, inclusive environment. It also provides four core services through equine-assisted learning and counseling that are tailored specifically to an individuals’ needs and goals. These include an Adaptive Riding Program for students with physical, cognitive and emotional challenges, an Equine-Assisted Learning program that promotes life-skill development, Equine-Assisted Counseling that is done with a licensed mental health professional and a Veterans Helping Veterans Program that meets weekly in group sessions to aid veterans in many capacities, including strengthening their relationships with family, friends and community. You can support this fantastic organization when you shop at our store in Austin, TX.

Buffalo Exchange Tokens for Bags Spark School Park Program

Help Create More Public Park Programs

The SPARK School Park Program works with schools & neighborhoods to develop community parks open to all on public school grounds. Every park is unique and designed to serve the needs of the surrounding neighborhood and school. The Spark program has built over 200+ parks throughout the Houston/Harris County area., with every park becoming public once school hours end for the day. Support this cause when you shop at Buffalo Exchange Houston!

Buffalo Exchange Tokens for Bags FareStart Buffalo Exchange Tokens for Bags Farestart

Help People Affected by Homelessness and Poverty

FareStart is a James Beard Award-winning nonprofit organization that transforms lives, disrupts poverty and nourishes communities through food, life skills and job training. With the spread of COVID-19, millions of people are unemployed, shelters are experiencing dramatic spikes in the number of people they serve and many of our most vulnerable neighbors have lost access to food. FareStart and its Catalyst Kitchens members are producing more than 

800,000 meals a week to alleviate hunger and food insecurity in communities across North America. For more information, visit farestart.org, or stop in to support them when you shop at Buffalo Exchange Seattle!

Buffalo Exchange Tokens for Bags Black United Fund of Oregon Buffalo Exchange Tokens for Bags Black United Fund of Oregon

Support Underserved Communities and BIPOC Communities in Oregon

For more than 35 years, The Black United Fund of Oregon (BUF) has been committed to providing financial support and life-changing programs for underserved communities and BIPOC communities in Oregon. Their ultimate goal is to increase opportunities for youth, encourage philanthropic activity and to put funds in the hands of BIPOC-led and -serving organizations that provide vital resources for underserved communities. Support those affected through the Tokens for Bags® program at Buffalo Exchange Portland (Hawthorne)!

Buffalo Exchange Tokens for Bags Nature Conservancy of VA

Buffalo Exchange Tokens for Bags Nature Conservancy of VA
Blair Smyth (TNC Allegheny Highlands director) at Warm Springs Mountain Preserve, Virginia.

Help Preserve Nature in Virginia

Now through June, we’re supporting the Nature Conservancy of VA through our Tokens for Bags® program at Buffalo Exchange Richmond! That means you can give back to this great organization just by shopping. The Nature Conservancy has worked in Virginia for more than 50 years, ensuring that the commonwealth’s forests continue to harbor wildlife, support recreation and forestry, and clean the air we breathe and the water we drink. Together with partners, local landowners and support from people like you, TNC has helped to protect over 500,000 acres of private and public land across the commonwealth, preserving many of Virginia’s greatest ecological treasures and the natural benefits they provide.

Want to find out which organizations YOU can support at your local Buffalo Exchange? Visit BuffaloExchange.com/Tokens-for-Bags-Charities/ and find your nearest location. Then, stop in to update your wardrobe and give back to your community while you’re at it!

 

 


Vans at Ventura

Thursday Treasures

Wondering what’s new in store at your local Buffalo? We get in a new selection of designer, vintage and one-of-a-kind finds at all of our stores on a daily basis! Check out some of our favorite finds recently, then head to your local Buffalo and let the treasure hunt begin! Our stores are stocked with designer pieces, once-in-a-lifetime vintage finds, incredible deals and great everyday staples. But don’t take our word for it – check out a Buffalo Exchange near you.

Carebear Doll's Kill Boots Hillcrest

Doll’s Kill Care Bear Boots at Buffalo Exchange San Diego (Hillcrest)

Doc Martens Tucson

Sequin and Patch Doc Martens at Buffalo Exchange Tucson

Doll's Kill Desert Platform Boots Tempe

Doll’s Kill Desert Print and Metallic Platform Boots at Buffalo Exchange Tempe

Vintage Kiss Tee Phoenix

Vintage Kiss T-Shirt at Buffalo Exchange Phoenix

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Prada Boots at Buffalo Exchange Chelsea NYC

Jams World Andersonville

Collection of Jam’s World Button-Ups at Buffalo Exchange Chicago (Andersonville)

Sandro Sweatshirt Andersonville

Sandro Romance Sweatshirt and Hand-Painted Denim at Buffalo Exchange Chicago (Wicker Park)

Vans Ventura

Collection of Vans at Buffalo Exchange Ventura

Doll's Kill Rainbow Cloud Platforms Hillcrest

Doll’s Kill Rainbow Platforms at Buffalo Exchange San Diego (Hillcrest)

Collection of Simpsons Vans at Buffalo Exchange Eugene

Carmar Denim at Dallas

Carmar Denim at Buffalo Exchange Dallas

Nikes Williamsburg

Nikes at Buffalo Exchange Williamsburg

Inspired to shop? We have tons of protocols in place to make shopping safe and fun. Find your nearest Buffalo Exchange here! If you’ve been cleaning out your closet, you can also book an appointment to sell online. See you soon!

 

 

 


Buffalo Exchange Spring Style Trends

Step Into Spring With These 7 Trends

I la la love spring! Flowers blooming, the sun peeking out from the snow and the perfect time to try something new. Read on for some of the trends we’re most excited about adding to our closets this spring.

Patchwork & Knitwear

Hey Buffaloes! Hop in my time machine because we’re going back in time. Back to the 70s that is! Disco music is playing faintly in the background, incense is wafting toward you, and polaroids are all the rage (oh wait….. that’s still happening!) Now that we’re here, might as well take advantage of colorful patchwork. These fabrics are so fun to wear and to see! Pair with a monochrome bag and shoes to make this statement item pop even more! 

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Exposed Seams

To seam or not to seam, that is the question! And the answer is yes! Whether a pronounced seam on a 70s polo, a seamed top or lettuce hem, there’s no wrong way to wear this trend. Speaking of lettuce hems, did you know that they were created by Black fashion designer Stephen Burrows in the 1970s? Supposedly, he was inspired by Diana Vreeland, former Vogue Editor in Chief, who asked for a lettuce-colored clothing item.

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Bye Bye Bye, Skinny Jeans! 

Relaxed-fit trousers are as versatile as they are comfortable.To complete the look, add a pair of your favorite sneakers and step confidently into this spring trend.

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Lace & Mesh & Fishnets

Also known as sugar and spice and everything nice. Moving on from warm layers but still want to rock multiple pieces? These are your best layering friend. 

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InVEST In Your Wardrobe

This spring, the VEST is yet to come. Say hello to the most delightfully unexpected spring trend: sweater vests!

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The Feeling Is Neutral

Neutrals for spring may not be groundbreaking, but they are certainly a closet staple! Layer simple separates together for a chic, easy-to-wear look that goes with every occasion.

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Matchy Matchy

Nothing goes better together than a matching set. Double up your denim or bleach dye your favorite jeans and tee to match!

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Closet rotation: in progress. If you’re feeling inspired to shop, stop by your local Buffalo, where fashion’s a thrill, not a bill! All of our stores are stocked with trends like these, plus everyday staples, vintage, designer and one-of-a-kind finds that’ll have you saying, “You’re coming home with me!”. If you’re also spring cleaning your closet, book an appointment to sell it at Buffalo before you go.


Clothing Hacks Blog

7 Style Hacks to Transform Your Wardrobe

By Jessica Pruitt

I’m gonna be honest. I’m not much of a seamstress. So whenever a cherished piece of clothing needs a fix, big or small, it generally goes in a pile for that magical day when I decide to bust out the sewing machine and get crafty. Key word being magical. When that day doesn’t come for years and years, it’s usually time to admit that I need to give those pieces the boot. But no more! With these handy style hacks, you can easily give your pants the perfect fit or make a beloved wardrobe staple feel fresh again.

@buffaloexchangeThat perfect fit. ##stylehacks


How to Cinch Up Too-Loose Pants
Favorite pair of pants just a little on the loose side? With a shoelace or ribbon, you can easily give them the perfect fit. Just lace through a couple of belt loops and tie up!

@buffaloexchangeJeans to joggers in 20 seconds! ##stylehacks


Turn Your Jeans Into Joggers
If you’re tired of your wide-leg jeans, give ’em a fresh spin by temporarily transforming into joggers with just a couple of hair ties!

@buffaloexchangeUp your oversized button-up game. ##stylehacks

How to Tuck In an Oversized Button-Up
Button-up billowing out? Give it the perfect fit by unbuttoning the bottom and tucking each piece into the opposite side of your jeans. Voila!

@buffaloexchangeTee to crop-top in no time flat. ##stylehacks


How to Turn Your Tee Into a Crop Top
I don’t know about you, but I’ve regretted cropping many a tee. In some cases, though, the outfit just calls for a crop top! Transform any tee temporarily by tucking the bottom edge into your bra.

@buffaloexchangeBodycon dresses are so versatile! ##stylehacks


How to Transform a Dress Into a Skirt
Pretty much any body-con dress can be turned into a skirt for a fresh look – simply tuck the top in!

@buffaloexchangeRaise your hand if you love a good fanny pack. ##stylehacks


Turn Your Cross-Body Bag Into a Fanny Pack
Several years later and fanny packs are still as popular as ever! If you’re not quite sure and want to give it a try, turn any cross-body bag into a fanny pack with a single hair tie.

@buffaloexchangePerfectly tucked tee that’ll stay for hours. ##stylehacks


Dot Your Is and Tuck In Your Tees
Trouble getting your tucked-in tee to stay? Just tie up each side with a hair tie and tuck it in – guaranteed to stay in place for hours.

Well there you have it – my top 7 style hacks! Whenever I’m cleaning out my closet, I like to try hacks like these before I decide to sell an item. If I still don’t love it, I throw it in the bag and make an appointment to sell at my local Buffalo Exchange! Nothing beats trading in my cleanout for a little retail therapy.


New Way to Sell at Buffalo Exchange - 2 Employees Wearing Masks and Holding a We're Open Sign

The New Way to Sell Your Closet Cleanout at Buffalo Exchange

We have a handful of new guidelines in place to help us buy, sell and trade responsibly for the good of our customers, employees and public health at large! Along with regular sanitation, sneeze guards at counters and mandatory face masks for everyone in the store, we’ve made some updates to the buying process. Whether you’ve been doing a major wardrobe overhaul or just a quick closet edit, now’s the time to bring in your cleanout!  Read ahead to learn everything you need to know about the new way of selling at Buffalo Exchange.

  • Step 1: Book an appointment online to make an in-person selling appointment!
  • Step 2: Limit your cleanout to 50 items. 
  • Step 3: Grab your mask & your ID and head to your selling appointment.
  • Step 4: Get paid in cash or a Digital Trade Card!

Buffalo Exchange We're Open - Gal Wearing Yellow Dress and Matching Face Mask in Front of Buffalo Exchange Store

Buffalo Exchange Employee Wearing Face Mask & Taking a Phone Call

Setting Up Your Appointment to Sell

First things first: book an appointment online! Once you’ve gotten your appointment secured, you’re ready to move onto the fun part: cleaning out your closet!

Buffalo Exchange Cute Closet Being Cleaned Out

Should it Stay or Should it Go? Collecting Your Closet Cleanout

Right now, we’re asking everyone to limit the number of items you’re selling to about 50 (including shoes, bags, jewelry etc).

Buffalo Exchange Employee Wearing a Face Mask & Pushing a Basket of Clothing

Your In-Person Selling Appointment

When it’s time for your appointment, grab your ID (Driver’s License or Passport is ideal) and your face mask and head into the store. If you’ll be late for your appointment, please give us a call – we may not be able to accommodate you after your appointment time has started. Once you’re there, a Buyer will greet you, check your ID and get started looking through. 

Buffalo Exchange Buyer Wearing a Face Mask Behind a Sneeze Guard Buying Clothing

Getting Paid and Cashing Out

Getting paid for your cleanout is now more convenient than ever. Choose between a cash payment or a Digital Trade Card (which never expires, just like the traditional card)!

2 Buffalo Exchange Employees Wearing Face Masks at Store Entrance

Our protocols are evolving as we go, so stay tuned. Thank you for your patience and understanding! Staying a little closer to home for now? You can also sell your closet cleanout through our Sell By Mail program. Just request a prepaid shipping bag online, send it in and get paid!

This program has been discontinued, but you can always sell in-person at one of our many locations across the US!

 


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We’re Open!

Grab your face mask and stop in to update your wardrobe for or make an appointment to sell your closet cleanout! We have a variety of safety protocols in place – including daily health screenings and temperature checks for all employees.

A new shopping experience:

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    Masks required for customers and employees

  • sneeze guard icon

    Sneeze guards at checkout and buy counters

  • contactless payment icon

    Contactless payment options

  • social distancing icon

    Reminders for social distancing.

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    Regular sanitation

How to Sell:

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      Sell by in-person appointment only – book an appointment online!

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      Please limit your cleanout to 50 items

    • ID icon

      Bring your ID and wear a face mask to your appointment

For more information on selling with us, visit BuffaloExchange.com/How-It-Works.

 


Thinking of You Mural by Alex Coronel at Buffalo Exchange Austin

Thinking Of You

 

Hey Buffalos.

We’re thinking of you and just wanted to ask, How are you doing? It’s been just over a month since we made the tough decision to temporarily close our stores and we want to give a shout out to all of our customers and employees for the love and support during this time. 

The days do feel long while we patiently wait and watch what each new week brings. Behind the scenes, we’re hard at work planning our reopening with the safety of all of you in mind. We miss you all and can’t wait to see you walk through our doors again. In the meantime, here’s a poem we wrote for you. 

Roses are red
Violets are blue
I’m ready to sell clothes
To all my Buffalos

Stay in touch with us by following @BuffaloExchange on Instagram.


Savy and Marcella wearing DIY Cactus Sweaters

DIY Holiday Sweaters: Cac-tis’ The Season!

By Marcella Willden & Savy Kroop

The holiday season is here, which means it’s time to take your favorite sweaters out of your closet and rock them at all of the holiday parties! Don’t want to repeat the same look from last year? Buffalo Exchange has your back! Stop into your local Buffalo for tons of cute and cozy options. OR, if you’re you feeling a little crafty, you can try DIY-ing your own holiday sweater. This festive cactus sweater is a fun twist on a traditional holiday sweater that we’re sure will have you looking ON-POINT this season!

Marcella and Savy crafting their sweaters

What You’ll Need to DIY Your Cactus Holiday Sweaters

The first (and maybe obvious) step is to get a sweater! You can sift through your closet to find one you don’t wear anymore or you can stop by your local Buffalo Exchange to pick one up – like we did! We found these cute, coordinating gray sweaters with statement sleeves for extra festive flair. While we were out-and-about, we stopped into the dollar store to get all of our crafting supplies. In total, we spent about $30 on this project for both sweaters and it only took about 30 minutes from start to finish. We had so much fun DIY-ing these sweaters that I think we found a new holiday tradition!

Supplies:

Sweater, Felt, Pom pom balls, Pipe cleaners, Hot glue gun and glue sticks, Scissors, Marker, Optional: Other crafty supplies like ribbon and glitter

Savy cutting out felt for cactus

Marcella cutting out felt for cactus

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Buffalo Exhange, Halloween, Halloween Costume Ideas

Six Frighteningly Good Halloween Costume Ideas For Your Best Halloween Yet

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!  

Teen Dream

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! 

Buffalo Exchange HQ, Tempe, Mean Girls, Halloween Costume, Costume Ideas

A Mean Girls costume is totally fetch – just don’t tell Regina George! Photo from Buffalo Exchange Tempe.

Buffalo Exchange, Boston, Allston, Romy and Michelle, Halloween Costume, Costume Ideas

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)

Buffalo Exchange Brooklyn Boerum Hill Halloween Gossip Girl

XOXO, you know you love this Gossip Girl group from Buffalo Exchange Brooklyn (Boerum Hill)!

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How to Pack Light: Summer Carry-on Tips

By Savy Kroop

Summer is here and it’s time to kick back and relax with a trip to your destination of choice! If you’re anything like me, though, traveling, packing and airports can be stressful. We all know you’re supposed to “pack light”, but it’s easier said than done. How are you supposed to pack a bag that’s small enough to carry-on and still look cute throughout your entire vacation? The solution lies in creating a mini summer capsule wardrobe! When every single piece you pack goes together, you can’t really go wrong.

What to Take on the Plane

This one’s an oft-proclaimed traveling tip, but it bears repeating: wear your bulkiest pair of shoes and your jacket on the plane. This will allow you to pack light without sacrificing important pieces – whether it’s a pair chunky sneakers or your favorite denim jacket. Not to mention that planes often get very cold, so having your jacket handy is a win-win.

For your one personal item, I recommend a cute backpack instead of a purse. This will give you a lot more capacity and is great for on-the-go sightseeing. Lastly, don’t forget to bring a refillable water bottle (empty it out before security, of course). This will save you from buying a $6 bottle of water at the airport and/or desperately waiting for your flight attendant to come around with a teeny glass of water to quench your thirst.

Pack Light with a Vacation Capsule Wardrobe

I used to plan out every single outfit for each day of my vacation. This usually ended up in a suitcase overstuffed with an obscene amount of shoes, not to mention that I brought along tons of pieces that I never ended up wearing. No more! Even though I don’t subscribe to a capsule wardrobe when I’m at home, it makes vacation packing a warm ocean breeze.

A capsule wardrobe is a selection of staple items that can be easily mixed and matched. When I recently went to Florida to visit my family, for example, I brought along:

  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 1 pair of shorts
  • 3 tee shirts
  • 1 dress
  • 1 bathing suit
  • 2 pairs of shoes
  • 2 pairs of sunglasses

With these items, I was able to put together at least 5 completely different looks! It also gave me a lot of flexibility to create an outfit that actually fit the temperature and situation on-the-fly. What they say is true – less is more! When you pack light with a capsule wardrobe, you can customize it to any style, but I definitely recommend including a simple T-shirt. You can wear it tucked, untucked, tied in a knot, over or under a dress and, if you’re feeling crazy, you could even cut into a crop top.

Double the Fun

My favorite tip to pack light is bringing pieces that can serve more than one purpose – for example, this sweet lemon-print swimsuit that can double as a cute tank top. BOOM! You just created another look for your vacation wardrobe. P.S. If you’re bringing extra sunnies and don’t have a case for them, just tuck them into your shoes to keep them safe throughout your journey.

The key to a successful capsule wardrobe, of course, is having solid staples that you truly love. If you’re not finding what you need in your own wardrobe, head down to your local Buffalo Exchange to trade in that great pair of jeans that just never fit quite right for new-to-you summer styles perfect for your vacation capsule wardrobe. Bon voyage!