By Virginia, Buffalo Exchange HQ
I had the opportunity to chat with Buffalo Exchange Tucson Campus associate manager Alyssa. We talked about her career path at Buffalo, career advice, and how she balances other aspects of her life (she’s in a band!). Check out my interview with her below.
Why Buffalo Exchange?
I’ve been shopping at Buffalo Exchange since I was in middle school. I’ve always loved to thrift. My mom’s always thrifted too, so I grew up doing that. And I’ve always wanted to work there. The environment and atmosphere has always been really fun. Everyone was really cool and friendly, so it was attracting.
What made you decide to become a manager?
Well, the opportunity arose and it was something that at first I didn’t know if I wanted to apply for. But I realized that I was growing with the company, I was becoming a buyer specialist, I was helping train people, and I already had a lot of responsibility. So it was exciting for me back in December to take on that challenge for myself, because I’ve never had a manager position.
What’s the best part of your day?
I would say—honestly—it’s the first job I’ve ever had where I have fun. I have so much fun. I talk about clothes, which is the greatest part. So talking about fashion, having fun, and being able to be casual. It’s very accepting—the diversity—I just love that I can be myself and I’m accepted.
Walk us through a typical day:
Definitely, buying is number one. Buying in really cute clothes, current fashion, seeing exciting things like vintage pieces that come over the counter, and those cool, funky finds. Having lots of people shopping, a lot of people selling. I think the biggest part of our day is interacting with our customers, building relationships, and, of course having fun. I always tell people “be yourself, be out there, talk to people, and build those relationships.”
What’s your fave part about the Buffalo culture?
Diversity. Honestly, everybody that works and shops with us is completely different, and it’s so interesting, because you get to interact with so many different types of people and age ranges too even with our customers. It’s nice having the diversity, because it brings everybody together.
You’re in a band, how do you balance the two?
It wasn’t difficult for me. I got a planner and I organized what my schedule was with Buffalo and how I could incorporate it with my band Sur Block. Self-motivation, determination, and discipline helped me figure it out. I think that it’s all in what you make it, and it’s making time for both things that you love. It’s really worked out and they’re so supportive of me performing—everyone’s on each other’s team.
For your band, do you feel that your style changes?
Oh yeah. I’m a totally different person. I’m a lot dressier and edgier than I would be in my normal day-to-day life. I like to have a different presence, because it’s a different part of me that I’m expressing. I tend to wear more black when I’m performing.
What’s your most recent Buffalo find?
I found this really cool indigo shift dress. It’s vintage too, with fringe on the sleeves and on the bottom. Every time I wear it everyone compliments me. The one that I have is very detailed in the design and pattern. It’s one of my first finds and I have never sold it, because I love it so much.
Where do you look for your style inspiration?
I like to look at Instagram. I follow a lot of fashion and just looking at what people wear. A lot of the people that work at the Tucson Campus store have such cool style, I’m always admiring what they’re wearing, and they show me how to twist it to make it my own.