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Six Tips to Selling

By Stephanie Lew, Buffalo Exchange Tucson

uffalo ExchangeA change of season often results in a change of closet. It’s the best time to be most in tune with what to keep and what to sell. When you are ready to sell and trade, grab it all and bring it in to Buffalo Exchange. Here are six tips to get the most for your clothing:

IMG_4212_EDIT1. Rotate your clothing often

  • Clean out your closet seasonally, quarterly or more often than that. The moment you know you won’t wear it again or you’re over it, it means it’s time to go! Avoid letting too much time pass or you may run out of time to sell the trend.

IMG_0049 2. Bring in unique and vintage items

  • If there’s one thing that we love its unique pieces and vintage clothing. We’re always looking for classic vintage from rock tees to ‘50s dresses.

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3. Bring in the best of all seasons

  • Do not hesitate bringing in great jackets during warmer months. If it’s a nice jacket, we want it—sizzling hot outside or not.

IMG_4231_EDIT4. Clean and in great condition

  • Condition is one of the top things our buyers look at. Avoid items with spots, stains or holes. A quick glance over the items before you bring them in is always helpful. Don’t forget to check for broken zippers! Also be sure to give the clothing a quick run through the wash. Fresh, clean clothes are always a must!

Buffalo Exchange5. Ask the buyers

  • Next time you drop in, ask the buyers what the store is in need of. The needs change daily and weekly, so you never know. You can always call ahead and find out what we need that day!

IMG_00826. Get hands-on

  • When you sell to us we want you to stay at the counter while we buy from you. Not only will we give you the pricing up front, it’s also one of the best ways to understand our buying process. Don’t forget to ask the buyer any questions you have!

IMG_0106Lastly, here is the ultimate tip: “When in doubt, bring it in!”

See you soon!

54 thoughts on “Six Tips to Selling

    1. Hi Danielle! Thanks for inquiring! We buy based on style first, not brand. We love to buy unique and vintage pieces, regardless of brand, so I recommend bringing everything you have down to one of our stores!

  1. Hi, if I were to sell items up front in store, what is the pricing basis? How much is a single article of clothing priced?

    1. Hi Alyssa,

      Thanks for asking! Pricing will depend on a combination of factors – style, condition and quality. One of our buyers will price any items we can take on the spot and then you can opt for 50% trade or 30% cash. For example, if we priced an item at $20, you’d get $10 in trade or $6 in cash. We recommend heading down to your local Buffalo Exchange and one of our buyers will be happy to take a look at everything you have and answer all your questions.

      Thanks!

      Jessica

    1. Hi Dalia!

      We can’t quote a price or say whether or not we can take an item without seeing it in person. It sounds like a very nice jacket, though, so I recommend bringing it down to your local Buffalo Exchange! One of our buyers would be happy to take a look.

      Best,

      Jessica

  2. Hi,
    Would bringing in women’s Durango Harness boots in good condition a potential good item for you to purchase from someone?

    1. Hello!

      Harness boots tend to sell well, but we have to see all items in person to say whether or not we could buy them. Bring them down to your local Buffalo Exchange! We’d love to take a look!

      Best,

      Jessica

    1. Hi Tisha!

      Thanks for your interest in selling! We buy Jordan’s, just depending on style and condition. We have to see them in person in order to quote a price or say whether or not we can take them, so I recommend bringing them down to your local Buffalo Exchange! We’d be happy to take a look.

      Best,

      Jessica

    1. Hi Lauren!

      Thanks for your interest. There’s no set limit to how often you can sell, though this is up to the discretion of your local Buffalo Exchange. Hope to see you in the store soon, along with your spring clean-out!

      Best,

      Jessica

  3. For clothes that I bring in to sell that BE does not buy, does BE donate the remainder of the clothes like Beacon’s Closet?

    1. Hi there!

      We don’t donate to other resale stores like Beacon’s Closet, but many of our stores do have donation bins that go to local non-profit organizations. Customers are welcome to use these bins for any items we can’t purchase for the store. Please keep in mind that we don’t offer tax receipts and that these bins do occasionally fill up. When that happens, we do temporarily have to turn down donations.

      Best,

      Jessica

    1. Hi Leyla,

      We price items based on their style, condition and original retail value so it can vary a lot depending on the jeans you are selling. Any items you sell us, you receive 30% back in cash or 50% in store trade. We have to see items in person in order to buy and price them, so I recommend heading to your local Buffalo Exchange and out local Buffalo Exchange buyers will be happy to take a look!
      Best,

      Amelia
      Buffalo Exchange Marketing

  4. If I have some items that aren’t really vintage but are on trend now, would I still be able to sell it?

    1. Hi Ashley,

      We buy the best of all seasons, from current trends to vintage! We can’t buy or price an item without seeing it, so just stop by your local Buffalo Exchange with your items and our buyers will be happy to take a look at what you brought.

      Best,

      Amelia
      Buffalo Exchange Marketing

  5. Hello,
    I know that BE looks at the style of the clothing before the brand, but from previous trades between customers and employees, are clothing from Forever 21 accepted? Thanks!
    -Bridget

    1. Hi Bridget!

      Yes, we do buy Forever 21 items in store, just depending on style and condition. Since they’re a little more affordable brand new, we’re selective about how current they are and look out for mint condition, but feel free to bring your items in – we’d love to see you in the store!

      Best,

      Jessica

    1. Hi Alondra,

      Good question! We buy adult-sized men’s and women’s clothing and accessories, so no children’s dresses. I would try a children-specific resale store for those. We do buy plus size dresses, though, just depending on style and condition. We’d love to see you in the store! Just bring down any clothing and accessories you’re cleaning out along with a government-issued ID and one of our buyers will be happy to take a look.

      Best,

      Jessica

    1. Hi Mayela,

      Thanks for reaching out to us. We do buy jewelry based on style and condition. I suggest bringing any accessories you’re looking to sell to your local Buffalo Exchange and our buyers will be happy to take a look at your items. If we are able to buy an item from you, you would receive 30% of the selling price in cash or 50% in trade. Hope to see you in the store soon!

      Best,
      Savannah

  6. Are suits and ties accepted to buy at Buffalo Exchange? I am not sure if Calvin Klein sells well for men’s suits.

    1. Hi Ian!

      When it comes to suits, modern slim-fit versions tend to sell the best for us. For ties, simple skinny ties do the best. We’re always in need of great menswear, so I recommend bringing your suits down to your local Buffalo Exchange along with any other clothing and accessories you’re cleaning out of your closet. Hope to see you soon!

      Best,

      Jessica

    1. Hi Shannon,

      Good question! We would have to see the dress in person to say whether or not we could buy it for the store. We make all of our selections based on style and condition, but in general, we buy dresses in all sizes. I recommend bringing it into your local Buffalo Exchange along with any other clothing and accessories you’re cleaning out. Let me know if you have any further questions!

      Best,

      Jessica

  7. Estimate how much I would get for Green Denim skinny jeans with zippers. And White And Grey Tommy Hilfiger Collar shirt ?

    1. Hi Kobe!

      We have to see all items in person before we can say whether or not we’d be able to buy them and quote you an estimated price. We price items based on desirability of style and condition and then pay out 30% of our selling price in cash or 50% in store credit. I recommend bringing down any clothing and accessories you’re cleaning out, including your denim skinny jeans and Tommy Hilfiger shirt. One of our Buyers would love to take a look at what you have! Let me know if you have any further questions.

      Best,

      Jessica

  8. How much do y’all buy Levi jeans for? I don’t have a car so I would like to know a basic price befor I come to the store

    1. Hi Martha!

      Good question! We have to see all items in person before we can say whether or not we’d be able to buy them and quote you a price. We price Levi’s jeans based on desirability of style and condition and then pay out 30% of our selling price in cash or 50% in store credit. I recommend bringing down any clothing and accessories you’re cleaning out, including your Levi’s jeans. One of our Buyers would love to take a look at what you have! Let me know if you have any further questions.

      Best,

      Jessica

  9. is there a limit as to how much i can sell to you in a day? can i bring in a suitcase of clothing i want to sell or can i only sell a certain amount of items at one time?

    1. Hi Gabi,

      Thanks for inquiring! There’s no limit to how much you can sell in a day – feel free to bring a suitcase full. If it’s your first time selling, you may want to start with a sampling of what you have in order to get an idea of what we can take, but our Buyers will be happy to look through everything you have! Hope to see you in the store soon!

      Best,

      Jessica

  10. Hello! Do you buy online labels like Sehin.com, Romwe.com, Zaful.com etc? I am a fashion blogger and I several clothes in absolutely new condition.

    1. Hi!

      Thanks for inquiring! We select all items based on style and condition more than brand. I recommend bringing in any clothing and accessories you’re cleaning out – our Buyers would be happy to take a look!

      Best,

      Jessica

    1. Hi Jessica,

      Thanks for reaching out to us. We do buy plus size clothing based on style and condition. There is no cut-off on plus sizing, so feel free to bring your closet cleanout to your local Buffalo so our buyers can take a look at your items!

      Best,

      Savannah

    1. Hi Dee,

      Thanks for asking. We buy women’s clothing, shoes and accessories rather than undergarments. Feel free to visit your local Buffalo to shop the racks and see what they’re currently looking to buy.

      Best,

      Savannah

  11. I have some very vintage dresses. Some i never even worn. Some i bought out of state. I did pay a good price for them. So i want the best price for it i dont want to end up going and say you want 20$ for a dress if i bought it for 100. Like I’ve said most of them aren’t even worn with tags.

    1. Hi Natalie,

      Thanks for reaching out to us. We have to see all items in person before we can say whether or not we’d be able to buy them and quote you an estimated price. We price items based on desirability of style and condition and then pay out 30% of our selling price in cash or 50% in store credit. I recommend bringing down any clothing and accessories you’re cleaning out to your local Buffalo Exchange so one of our Buyers can take a look at what you have!

      Best,
      Savannah

  12. I have a $430 sheep’s wool long coat in avocado green with faux fur from Midnight Velvet but it has a small stain towards the bottom, roughly how much could I get for this?

    1. Hi Melody,

      Thanks for reaching out to us. We have to see all items in person before we can say whether or not we’d be able to buy them and quote you an estimated price. We price items based on desirability of style and condition and then pay out 30% of our selling price in cash or 50% in store credit. I recommend bringing down any clothing and accessories you’re cleaning out to your local Buffalo Exchange so one of our Buyers can take a look at what you have!

      Best,
      Savannah

    1. Hi Laura,

      In general we don’t take a lot of ties because our customers are usually looking for more casual wear, but feel free to bring them in along with anything else you are cleaning out and our Buyers will be happy to take a look!

      Best,

      Amelia

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