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By Brittany, Buffalo Exchange Sell By Mail

If you need to clean out your closet, but you’re busier than all get-out (hey, us too), make it easy on yourself! With Buffalo Exchange’s Sell By Mail program, you simply request a bag online, fill it up with your clothing and accessories and then drop it off at the UPS store. Within a few weeks, you could have cash or trade in your hands! No waiting in line required.

1) Request a bag

The first step is easy – just request a bag online! Then, keep an eye out for our bright yellow envelope in your mailbox. Your kit will contain a pre-paid UPS bag and a handy-dandy “How To Sell” card with all the info you need to know to sell your clothing.

Our pre-paid bag holds approximately 20 to 40 pieces of clothing. Some folks like to clean out their closet all at once, while others prefer to keep the bag in their closet and slowly fill it with pieces they just aren’t wearing anymore. With Sell By Mail, you can go at your own pace!

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2) Clean out your closet!

Whether you’re looking to clean out your summer staples to make room for your fall/winter wardrobe or you just have a few things that haven’t been getting worn, send it in! We buy the best of all seasons, all year round. Not sure what to pack? We’re always looking for men’s and women’s current styles and trends, designer clothing and everyday staples. Through Sell By Mail, keep in mind that we do not purchase swimwear, children’s clothing and accessories, maternity clothing, intimates, counterfeits, fur or bridal wear. We also don’t buy clothing from fast-fashion and discount brands like Forever 21, H&M, Old Navy, Aeropostale, Target, Walmart or Kohl’s.

Check out our most current Sell by Mail needs here.

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Tips for Moving to a New City Without Having an Existential Crisis

Buffalo Exchange Tip for Moving to a New City Without Having an Existential Crisis

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

Buffalo Exchange Tips for Moving to a New City Appreciate Your 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.

Go Shopping!             

Buffalo Exchange Tips for Moving to a New City Go Shopping

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

Buffalo Exchange Tips for Moving to a New City 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

Buffalo Exchange Tips for Moving to a New City Join a Club Caving

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!

Buffalo Exchange Tips for Moving to a New City Explore Hiking Arizona Trail

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.

Buffalo Exchange Tips for Moving to a New City Explore Bisbee Arizona

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!

Buffalo Exchange Tips for Moving to a New City Keep at It Tucson Sunset

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!

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Packing Tips to Spend Your Summer Vacation in Style

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By Savannah Timpani, Buffalo Exchange HQ

Ah, summer – time to pull out your favorite pair of shades and dust off your party pants. Whether you’ll be beachside working on your tan, adventuring in the outdoors or shopping your way across the US, here are some packing tips to help make your summer vacation the best one yet!

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Opt for Versatility

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If you’re like me, you’ll be tempted to bring everything in your closet. To avoid getting overwhelmed, start by pulling out items you’re naturally drawn to and then piecing looks together. Try matching one blouse with a few different bottoms or consider a dress that can easily change from day to night. Choosing pieces that can work in a variety of different ways is one of the most important packing tips to remember! Definite must-haves: a reliable pair of jeans, comfortable walking shoes and an on-the-go bag like a crossbody or backpack.

I also like to think about when and where each look will fit into my summer vacation. For example, if I’m going to be out all day brunching, shopping and then beaching, I’m going to choose something comfortable and cute like a breezy sun dress and my favorite casual sneakers. I’ll throw my swimsuit and flip flops in my bag for an easy transition to the beach. Bonus: while packing, if I happen to run across any pieces in my closet that I’m just not loving anymore, I also take the opportunity to pull ‘em out of and throw them into a bag to sell at Buffalo Exchange! There’s no better way to start a vacation off than with a clean house and a clean closet.Full Story

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Party in the USA: 4th of July Outfits for Every Event

Buffalo Exchange 4th of July Outfits for Every Occasion

By Aarian Frye, Buffalo Exchange HQ

From sea to shining sea, people across the country are gearing up for America’s birthday. There’s no shortage of ways to celebrate and there’s an outfit for every event! Read ahead for 4th of July outfits to keep the party going from day to night.

Here Come the Waterworks

Buffalo Exchange 4th of July Outfits Pool Party

Feeling red, white and aquamarine this Independence Day? Whether you’re at the pool or on a cruise, make a splash in a bright one-piece (one of the season’s trendiest swimsuit styles!) and bold accessories. When you’re ready to dry off, top off the swimsuit with a pair of star-spangled cutoffs.  For guys, a simple tank with swim-optional board shorts makes for one of those 4th of July outfits that you can wear from one occasion to the next. Just remember to wear sunscreen!

Chill and Grill

Buffalo Exchange 4th of July Outfits BBQ

If you’re looking forward to a laidback 4th, a backyard BBQ is the place for you. Take it easy in a striped denim apron dress and colorful sneakers, complete with semi-tinted shades. Or, show everyone you’re the Grill Master with a patterned button down printed with mini steaks, burgers and sauce bottles. A pair of pastel patterned shorts provides contrast with the right amount of cool.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Buffalo Exchange 4th of July Outfits Ball Game Red White and Blue

If baseball is America’s favorite pastime, the 4th of July is the perfect day to head out to the diamond – and the best place to go all out in red, white and blue! Show your team spirit with a jersey and baseball cap, or dress for comfort and style in a roomy romper with classic white sneakers and an oversized sunhat.

Baby, You’re A Firework!

Buffalo Exchange 4th of July Outfits Matching Set Fireworks Sequin Tube Top

No Independence Day is complete without an evening of fireworks! If you’re planning on ending the night at a downtown block party, these are the 4th of July outfits for you: dress your best in a bright matching cabana set or a sequined tube top that’s sure to rival the sparklers. Finish your look with glitter jellies or neutral brogues, perfect for dancing the night away.

Oh say, can you see yourself trying out any of these 4th of July outfits? Be sure to stop by your local Buffalo Exchange before Independence Day to style your own patriotic summertime look. From the lake to the game, we’ve got you covered – fireworks not included!

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Tokens For Bags® Charities

Buffalo Exchange Tokens for Bags program

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. Since 1994, we have raised over $774,365 for thousands of local nonprofit organizations through our Tokens for Bags® program, saving 15.4 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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How to Sell Clothes at Buffalo Exchange in Just 2 Easy Steps

By Jessica Pruitt, Buffalo Exchange HQ

We know it can sometimes seem intimidating to sell clothes at your local resale store – it’s enough work just to clean out your closet, let alone figure out which items will sell and which won’t. Well, leave that part up to us! All you need to do is bring your clothes (shoes and accessories, too!) into your local Buffalo Exchange and get paid. Even better, take the trade and shop for new-to-you finds!

Step 1: Bring In Your Items

Buffalo Exchange How to Sell Clothes Beach Outfit Belt Bag Cat Tee

To sell clothes at Buffalo Exchange, the process is super easy. Simply clean out your closet and bring in the items you’re no longer wearing. We buy men’s and women’s clothing, shoes and accessories, the best of all seasons, year-round. Style and good condition are more important than brand, so bring in your whole cleanout, from designer to name brand to no-brand.

Buffalo Exchange How to Sell Clothes Pile of Clothes

Stop in to see us anytime we’re open – we buy all day, every day and there’s no appointment needed to sell. Make sure to bring along a government-issued ID like a Driver’s License or Passport (and an adult if you’re under 18).

Step 2: Get Paid in Cash or Trade

Buffalo Exchange How to Sell Clothes Buyer Buy Counter

When you get to the store, we recommend hanging out with your Buyer as they take a look through your cleanout. For each item we’re able to take, your Buyer will let you know our selling price. From that, you’ll get 30% in cash or 50% in store credit. For example, if we price an item for $20, you’ll receive $6 in cash or $10 in trade on-the-spot. If you decide you’d rather hold onto an item, no problem – just let your Buyer know! We do need to see items in person in order to say whether or not we can buy them and offer you a selling price, so we always recommend stopping into the store with any items you’d like to sell.

Trade Up: After You Sell Clothes, Go Shopping

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We’re going to let you in on a little secret: trade is the way to go! Even if you’re trying to cut down on clutter overall, trading your cleanout in for a few new-to-you finds is a great (and often free!) way to make your closet feel brand new again. Not to mention that it’s environmentally friendly. Pro Tip: When it comes to cash and trade, you have options. You can buy a few pieces and take your remaining value in cash or even take a trade card for later. Just head to the register before you leave to pick up your cash, trade or any combination of the two!

How Does the Selection Process Work?

Buffalo Exchange How to Sell Clothes Buyer Analyzing Racks

At Buffalo Exchange, our Buyers go through a lengthy training process to learn about clothing construction and brands, price points and what kinds of items sell well in the store. After that, they analyze our racks daily to see which items have been selling quickly and which ones have been sticking around.

Our Buyers also talk to customers to find out what styles they’d like to see more of. It’s our goal to offer something for everyone – that’s why we buy current trends, vintage, one-of-a-kind items, inclusive sizing, everyday staples, men’s fashion and more. When our Buyers aren’t helping customers or reviewing our inventory, they’re often doing research on brands and current trends. As a result, our staff is a wealth of fashion knowledge! Ever wondered why they’re buying certain items from your pile and passing on others? Just ask! We love to talk fashion.

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Whether you’re patting yourself on the back for a closet cleanout well done or you’re still in the “I’m so dreading this” phase, we’ve got you covered. When you’re ready, you can sell clothes, shoes and accessories at Buffalo Exchange in just a couple simple steps. We have 47 locations across the country, but if there’s not one near you, don’t worry – you can Sell By Mail!

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The New Age of Dad Fashion

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By Jessica Pruitt, Buffalo Exchange HQ; Clothing from Buffalo Exchange Tucson

Calling all dads! Are you hip to the jive? Are you jiggy with it? You bet you are! If you’re rocking socks with sandals, chunky white sneakers and slightly oversized Hawaiian shirts, this is your time to shine! Go figure – we all finally realized that our dads were right when they told us that practicality is important. Read on to find out our favorite dad fashion of the year!

Beach Dad

Buffalo Exchange Dad Fashion Vacation Beach Outfit

Beach dad is ready to catch a wave or change a diaper – whichever comes first! For a perfectly practical fun-in-the-sun look, we paired some 80s-style swim trunks with a striped tee, a Hawaiian-print shirt (of course!) a retro Ocean Pacific hat and Tevas. This Patagonia messenger bag makes for a surreptitious way to tote diapers, sand toys and sunscreen for the whole family. Dad fashion done right!

Dad on the Go

Buffalo Exchange Dad Fashion Dino Pocket Tee Vans

For the dad with a million and one things to do, you can’t beat these Columbia shorts (easy to clean!) and this dinosaur pocket tee. Not only is your kid sure to love it, but the pocket makes a great place to store a pacifier. Finish off the look with a beige Disney hat (VERY 90s dad, if you ask us), comfy Vans and couch potato-print socks to express what you’d rather be doing.

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Summer Essentials: The Haul to Take You Through Summer

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By Aarian Frye, Buffalo Exchange HQ

Summer is by far my favorite season. The longer days give way to warm nights that feel full of possibility. It’s the season of “Yes, and – .“ For example: “Do you want to go to the beach?” “Yes, AND let’s check out this free concert in the park!” See what I mean? The only hard part of all this freedom is deciding what to wear. With so many cute summer trends, how do you decide what’s necessary to have in your closet? I’ve got you covered! Whether you plan on relaxing at home or heading out on a cross-country roadtrip with your best friends, read ahead for the summer essentials you’ll want to have in your wardrobe.

Macra-made In the Shade

Buffalo Exchange Summer Essentials Crochet Tops and Shorts

This season, macramé and crochet are for more than just art projects! We’re seeing this knit and knot technique used everywhere, from pants and shorts to tank tops. Find yourself a matching rainbow set for double the fun.

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Santa Monica Lookbook: Summer Outfit Ideas from the Pier

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Styling by Buffalo Exchange Santa Monica, Photography by Amanda Adam

Turn up the sunshine with these fun warm-weather looks! We headed down to the Santa Monica Pier with photographer Amanda Adam to showcase some of our favorite summer outfit ideas, styled by Buffalo Exchange Santa Monica.

Polka Dot Pop

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Buffalo Exchange Santa Monica Pier Amanda Adam Summer Outfit Ideas Polka Dots Belt Bag

For those of us who love layers, summer style can feel a little lacking. But with bold, pop-arty prints like black and white stripes and ladybug polka dots, it doesn’t have to! Here’s one of our favorite summer outfit ideas: pair a fun printed dress with a matching belt bag and sneakers for a fantastic look that won’t hold you back from winning at roll a ball.

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Meet a Buffalo: Amy’s Personal Style Evolution

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.

Buffalo Exchange Meet a Buffalo Amy

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.

Buffalo Exchange Employee Amy

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.

Buffalo Exchange Employee Amy Donegan

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