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Not Your Average Thrift Store: The History of Buffalo Exchange Featured Story

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By Jessica Pruitt

In 1974, when Kerstin Block first had the idea for a different sort of secondhand shop, she never expected it to grow into what it is today – she just followed her love of thrift store shopping. “I came upon the idea that there must be other people who are equally addicted to this kind of shopping, but who didn’t want to sort through as much stuff.” Enter a whole new business model – a resale shop where customers could buy hand-picked treasures in one place and also sell their clothes for cash or trade on-the-spot.

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From Thrift Store to Resale Boutique: The First Buffalo Exchange

At the time, Kerstin had recently been fired from a job at a local furniture shop. When she mentioned that she’d like to try opening her own business, her husband Spencer was all for it. To start, they rented out a small 400 square foot spot in Tucson, AZ and filled the store with pieces from Kerstin’s own closet. They also asked friends to bring things in. Soon enough, they had a bustling business buying, selling and trading the likes of denim skirts handmade by Kerstin, Hawaiian shirts and Kork-Ease sandals, drawing in lots of students from the University of Arizona. Their most common price? $3.50.

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Originally from Sweden, Kerstin chose “Buffalo” because she liked the way it evoked the American West. Spencer contributed the “Exchange” half of the name since that’s precisely what they would be doing – opening up a shop where you could exchange your clothing for cash or trade on-the-spot, an uncommon model at the time. And just like that, they ran the business together, doing everything themselves. Kerstin was the face of the store, running the register and doing all the buying. Spencer worked behind the scenes, creating clothing racks out of water pipes and handling the accounting.

Resale wasn’t very popular at the time, but they knew there would always be people who wanted to find something cute for a good deal: they just didn’t necessarily want to dig through so many pieces in a thrift store setting. “We made it look like a little boutique,” says Kerstin. They handpicked each item based on what their customers were interested in buying and displayed them in a fun, easy-to-shop space.

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Charting New Territory

Kerstin and Spencer didn’t know much about business, but they weren’t afraid to venture into uncharted territory. Par for the course for Kerstin, who struck out on her own at the age of 18, taking a boat over from Sweden to study at the University of Arizona. What they initially lacked in business knowledge, they made up for in strong values. “We built our business on a lot of principles,” she says, “such as respecting people and treating everybody fairly and listening to people. Those are our tenets in business.”

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As they opened more locations – a store here and a store there – those tenets only grew. They knew how important it was to be honest and the value of people – both employees and customers alike. After all, they relied on their customers to bring in clothing and they relied on their employees to build a diverse inventory. To do this, they valued individuality and embraced the things that make each person unique. They empowered people, taking into consideration what they wanted out of the job and teaching them how the business works.

Perhaps it’s these tenets (not to mention a true passion for clothing) that have kept the business going strong for 45 years and counting. Today, Buffalo Exchange is still owned and operated out of Tucson, AZ by Kerstin and her daughter, Vice President Rebecca Block. Kerstin still oversees the daily operations of the business. “What I’m most proud of is how much we’ve been able to empower people – especially women,” she says. “That and the clothes. It’s always been about the clothes.” Now, that love for fashion has spread to around 50 stores – and growing all the time. Visit BuffaloExchange.com/Locations to find one near you!

 

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Top 7 Tips for Secondhand Shopping

Secondhand shopping is the only kind of shopping in my opinion – not only is it a feel-good environmentally friendly option, but once you start paying resale prices for super great stuff, it’s really hard to go back to paying full price. So how to make the most of it each time you shop and ensure you find all the best pieces your local Buffalo has to offer? Go in with a plan. Here are my top 7 tips for shopping secondhand!

Seconhand Shopping Tips Shop the Shoes and Pants First

First Stop: Shoes & Pants

Or your favorite sections! Always hit up the shoe rack and then pants first because they’re the trickiest things to find secondhand. The fit has to be just right. Personally, I don’t want to run out of time and, no matter what’s on my shopping list, I check these sections every time I go. As they say, the early bird gets the… perfect pair of denim.

Secondhand Shopping Tips Shop a Range of Sizes

Size Up the Selection

Size varies pretty drastically depending on the brand. At secondhand shops like Buffalo Exchange, you can shop all your favorite stores & brands in a single rack, so it’s a great idea to broaden your horizons. This is especially true for shoes and pants. Whereas I might wear a size 6 for certain brands, others might be a 10. It’s the best way to make sure you don’t miss out on some dreamy new denim or the perfect pair of kicks.

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Graphic Tee Heaven

Always, always, always stop by the men’s tees to see what’s in stock. This is my favorite place to find graphic tees, from vintage band shirts and retro throwbacks to current trends. Personally, I like to wear them oversized or crop them.

Secondhand Shopping Tips Shop the Employee Picks and Displays

Look for the Employee Picks Rack and Shop the Displays!

Many Buffalo Exchange locations will have a rack fully stocked with a selection of all the most current trends, in-season pieces and fun vintage. Don’t miss out on this section! It’s a great place to find style inspo and some of the most fun pieces the store has to offer. Everything on display is for sale, so don’t hesitate to ask an employee to grab something for you if you want to take a closer look.

Secondhand Shopping Tips Secondhand Workout Wear

Wondering Where to Find Workout Wear?

Check the s/m/l/xl pants section and the tank tops. I pick up most of my leggings and workout tops secondhand and, believe you me, you can find some incredible deals on Lululemon, Girlfriend Collective, Nike, Adidas and lots more. It’s one of the best-kept secrets, but you’re cool, so I figured I’d let you in on it. 

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Check Behind the Counter

Say hello to your new favorite designer bag! Most Buffalo Exchange stores keep their highest end items (shoes, bags, sunglasses, you name it) in the jewelry counter and behind the register. Be sure to take a peek before you head out and, if anything piques your interest, ask to take a closer look! I’ve found most of my favorite bags this way, including a clear Kate Spade bag and a space-themed Coach cross-body.

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Always Take the Trade

My best and final tip? Bring in your closet cleanout and take the trade! When you trade in, you get 50% of Buffalo’s selling price, which you can either spend that same day or keep on a digital trade card that never expires. I always find something to buy at Buffalo and I loooove the feeling of a free, no-guilt shopping spree every time I go. 

Ready to build your dream resale wardrobe? Find your local Buffalo Exchange and head on in to shop all your favorite current trends + designer, vintage and one-of-a-kind finds! If you’re cleaning out your closet, book an appointment to sell ahead of time so that you can trade in for new favorites – maybe without even spending a dime!

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Trend Alert: Three Ways to Style Leather Pants

 

In February, I stopped by my local Buffalo Exchange for a LONG overdue shopping trip. In 2021, my goal is to focus on sustainable style: clothes that I’ll treasure forever, or timeless pieces that I know I can always trade in at Buffalo Exchange. Not wanting to overdo it, I made a promise to myself that I’d only leave with items I absolutely adored. Lo and behold, I found what I was looking for almost immediately: a VERY trendy pair of leather pants! At first glance, leather pants may seem like a strange choice — how often will I wear them? However, I found that they’re remarkably versatile, and I can totally see myself rocking them from fall to spring. Scroll through for three ways to style leather pants!

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Styling leather pants from Buffalo Exchange Part 3! #SecondhandFashion #ThriftHaul

♬ original sound – Buffalo Exchange

Colorblock with primary hues for a fun, artsy spin on no-nonsense leather (bonus points for added textures like faux fur and retro-inspired vinyl!)

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Styling leather pants from Buffalo Exchange part 4! #SecondhandFashion #ThriftHaul

♬ original sound – Buffalo Exchange

Although they seem to be from totally different worlds, a racing jacket, cashmere sweater and cowboy boots are MINT to be! Finish the look with a top handle faux croc bag.

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Watch Aarian style vintage leather pants with other finds from Buffalo Exchange! #SecondhandFashion #ThriftHaul

♬ original sound – Buffalo Exchange

Take a trip to Paris without leaving your block in a French-inspired look featuring polka dots, strappy sandals and a cloud bag in a monochromatic palette. 

As you can see, these black leather pants are far from basic! If you’re feeling inspired to shop, stop by your local Buffalo Exchange today. Each store is filled with classic staples, trendy pieces and one of a kind finds you’ll love. Plus, if you’re due for a closet cleanout, you can bring in your items and leave with trade to spend on a sustainable, new-to-you wardrobe! 

PS – Did you know that you can now schedule an appointment to sell online? Visit buffaloexchange.com/locations to find your neighborhood store and conveniently book your spot today!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

 

 

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Thursday Treasures

Vans at Ventura

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!

 

 

 

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Buffalo Exchange Donates $5,000 to Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona’s Unidas Program

Unidas Program members meet virtually in a Zoom conference call

 

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.”

 

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Photo from 2019 Unidas meeting

 

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.”

 

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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.”

 

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Click here to learn more about Unidas and the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona. For more of Buffalo Exchange’s community support initiatives, visit our Giving Back page!

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Step Into Spring With These 7 Trends

Buffalo Exchange Spring Style 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.

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Tokens for Bags® Charities

Tokens for Bags

Every six months, we support new local charities through our Tokens for Bags® program. Instead of giving out bags, we give customers the opportunity to donate five cents (the cost of the bag) to a charity of their choice. Our Tokens for Bags® program has raised over $803,000 for thousands of local charities since 1994, saving over 16.06 million bags from polluting the environment!

Find your local Buffalo Exchange below and check out the charities you can give back to.

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Cozy Up With These 5 Winter Style Trends

Winter Jackets

Here in the northern hemisphere, winter weather is well on its way — and we couldn’t be more excited! Getting dressed in the winter means lots of layers and lots of style opportunities. To celebrate, we’ve compiled a short list of some of our favorite winter style trends. Read ahead to pick up a few tips on how to style them for your own unique look.

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Blanket Statement (Coats!)

This one is a major-win for the eco-fashionistas out there! Coats and jackets made from vintage jackets and quilts are trending in winter style this year. Pair yours with your favorite vintage jeans, dresses and boots!

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Game, Set, Match 

Matching sets are big this winter and for good reason: they’re the wardrobe staple that keeps on giving. Wear them together for a coordinated look or split them up for double the outfits! Pants sets are the usual, but matching short sets are a super stylish option that have been making a comeback. If you’re feeling chill to the thought of shorts as winter style, warm up to the idea by layering up with a pair of tights!

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Frankly, My Shear(ling)…

Shearling-lined jackets are one of the easiest ways to translate your chic self to cozy-comfort. When it comes to styling, denim and suede shearling jackets work well with just about anything in your closet. Pair them with your favorite tee and a slim-cut pair of pants for a casual-cool look, or go all out with a color-coordinated ensemble and eye-catching booties!

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Plaid to Be Here

From gingham to glen, tartan to tattersall, there’s no shortage of plaid prints to try. Depending on your winter style mood, dress them up or down with a statement coat and your freshest pair of kicks.

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The Vest is Yet to Come!

Waistcoats for winter? We say yes! Vests are another retro trend making a huge comeback, just in time to incorporate them into your winter style. Layer them over a turtleneck, vintage button-down or even a plain white tee! 

After you’ve saved these winter style trends to your inspo-board, try them out irl at Buffalo Exchange! We’ve got the best stock of vintage and current finds on any block, with new pieces arriving everyday. Have a closet cleanout you’d like to swap out for something new? We’re back to buying in-person! Book an appointment online to schedule an in-person selling appointment today. Your past fashion favorites could turn into store credit to spend on a cool new look the same day.

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7 Style Hacks to Transform Your Wardrobe

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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.

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5 Trends to Invest In for Fall

five trends to invest in this fall

By Marcella Willden

Wow, where did this year go? It’s already almost fall, but it feels like it was just yesterday when summer started! If you’re still not sure how to transition your looks from the warmer weather to cooler temps, we’ve got you covered! Keep reading for our fav fall trends. 

Puff Sleeves & Prairiecore 
This trend is one of my personal favorites! It’s the perfect transitional piece for any wardrobe and a definite entry point for the prairiecore trend. You can dress up or dress down, wear with boots or sandals, you name it! Invest in one of these and it will become your go-to look for any season.

Sheer Volume 
Layer on the style this fall with blouses that are light on opacity and big on volume. Sheer pieces like this add something special to any look and are great for in-between temps where you can’t quite tell whether you’re hot or cold.

PSL, Please
Pumpkin spice anybody? Let’s be honest, as soon as the temps dip below 90, I pull out everything rust-hued. There’s just something about this warm tone that brings all the fall feels.

Slick Back in Metallics
I know what you’re thinking, but just hear me out! This fun metallic fabric will be your new favorite piece for out-of-this-world fall looks. Not ready to dive in with high-shine head-to-toe? Dabble in metallics with fun accessories like platform sneakers or a silver tote.

Blazer of Glory
And my final, most favorite fall trend? Oversized blazers! The layering possibilities are endless with these 80s-inspired pieces that come in fantastic runs of plaid and all variety of colors, from neutral to bright. Layer a tee underneath when it’s a bit warmer and add on a sweater as the temperature drops. 

I don’t know about you, but writing about all these fall trends gave me a sudden hankering to give my wardrobe a fast fall update! BRB – I gotta clean out my closet so I can trade it in for cool-weather finds. Need to clear some space for your fall-worthy wardrobe? Buffalo Exchange is buying for fall and the best of all seasons (especially menswear), so book an appointment online! They pay 25% of their selling price in cash or 50% through a Digital Store Trade Card.