Chron mentioned Buffalo Exchange in an article titled “Raiding Buffalo Exchange for festival-worthy fashion” on December 13, 2017. “Thankfully, Buffalo Exchange has got it covered. Most of the employees have been planning their own Day for Night ensembles for weeks and can recommend the perfect sunglasses (classic Ray-Ban Wayfarers), jeans (black skinnies with a white-painted skeleton) and accessories (embellished everything) on command.”
By Jessica Pruitt, Buffalo Exchange HQ
Winter style, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways! Whether it’s oversized jackets or cozy fabrics like chunky rib knits and teddy bear fur, we wait all year for the opportunity to layer up our winter outfits. This season, we’re particularly gaga for fun pops of plaid, metallic, pearl and more!
Don’t Get Mad – Get Plaid!
Plaid has long been a staple of winter outfits, but it’s often limited to flannel button-ups and scarves. With the 90s revival going strong right now, checkered prints are popping up all over the place – and we’re not plaid about it! We love them on pants, blazers, overalls and, of course, classic 90s skirts. Fun fact: did you know that plaid originated in Scotland and was first known as “tartan”?
By Mary McMahon, Buffalo Exchange HQ
What does it mean to love your job? I have worked at Buffalo Exchange for almost 6 years – at the Phoenix and Tempe locations and now Buffalo Exchange Headquarters. As part of the Buffalo herd, that’s actually kind of short. During any given month, Buffalo Exchange employees across the country celebrate their 10, 15 or even 20 year anniversaries. So why do we stick around for so long? I can’t speak for everyone, but I can tell you 3 reasons why I love my job.
I worked in retail before Buffalo Exchange, so I remember the pressure to buy and wear items from our newest shipment, which made all of us employees feel like cookie cutter copies of each other. When I started at Buffalo, that all changed. Part of the Buffalo Exchange philosophy is to respect and encourage individuality. Just like the clothes on our racks and the customers that walk through our door each day, we want our staff to reflect that same level of uniqueness.
I love my job at Buffalo Exchange because I’ve met major league athletes, musicians that tour the world, even a couple that owns a store in Harajuku. From the teen looking for the trendiest clothes, to the woman looking for vintage Western wear, to the guy that comes to Buffalo to expand his ever-growing shoe collection, I’ve had the opportunity to meet new people every single day that I may not have crossed paths with otherwise.
From day one of starting at Buffalo, I realized how involved each store is in giving back to its local community. Buffalo Exchange doesn’t use plastic bags, instead giving customers a 5 cent token to donate to one of the 3 local charities currently sponsored through our Tokens for Bags program. These charities change every six months so that we can support a variety of non-profits. Customers also have the option of donating clothing items we weren’t able to buy for the store to a local charity.
Every Earth Day, each store has a $1 sale and donates all of the proceeds to charity. We also have our annual Coats for Cubs drive, where customers can donate fur items that we then send to wildlife rehabilitators to comfort orphaned or injured animals. In my time working in the store, I had the chance to be a part of a homeless shelter holiday drive, a park cleanup and an event where we helped outfit homeless young adults for job interviews. Seeing the programs of so many charities firsthand and the hard work that goes into keeping them running made me want to volunteer. One of my favorite charities that Buffalo connected me with is Brambley Hedge Rabbit Rescue. I love my job because I know I am helping make a positive impact on the environment and my community.
Connections that Last Forever
The beauty of working in resale is that we get new items in every single day. That being said, some customers come in more often than they might come into a regular retail store. After all, they never know what they might find! As a result, we not only know them by name, but we get to know their size, what brands they like and what items they’re looking for right now. There are few things quite as fun as seeing a regular customer walk through the door and pointing them to an item on the rack that you know they’ll love.
There is something special about seeing a customer more often than you might see even your family or friends. Before you know it, you feel like they are just that – a friend. I will always remember the customers that wanted to buy me cupcakes on my birthday, customers that noticed when I went on vacation and told me that they missed me or couldn’t wait to catch me up on where they wore the outfit we helped them pick out. One of the most memorable customers I made friends with was a woman in her 70s that would often come in to try on funky hats and buy leopard print shoes. I loved helping her pick out clothes for her tap dancing class and her college reunion. She would occasionally write me letters when she was on vacation to tell me about the Buffalo Exchange stores that she was visiting. Where else could I make so many fun, meaningful connections?
If you want to work for a company that celebrates individuality, gives back to the community and allows you the chance to make connections that last forever, look no further. Our stores across the country are always looking for people to join our team! Apply in-store or online today.
By Jessica Pruitt, Buffalo Exchange HQ
We all want to live eco-friendly and help make our little planet happy, but it can be easier said than done. When you’re tearing your hair out about how to sort your recycling or trying to take 3-minute showers, going green can seem impossible. Fortunately, living sustainably doesn’t have to be hard. With these easy-to-implement tips, you’ll be eco-friendly in no time flat – and even saving money while you’re at it!
Bring Your Own Bag
Whether you’re shopping for a new outfit or just groceries for the week, be sure to bring along a reusable bag. You’ll cut down on plastic bag pollution, plus you’ll be sure to catch the eye of that cute teller – after all, who doesn’t swipe right for eco-friendly? If you do end up with plastic or paper bags after purchases, repurpose them as garbage bags – you’ll save money AND give them a longer life! And hey, just between you and me, if you turn your paper bags inside out, they make cute (and way affordable) wrapping paper.
Before You Toss It, Reuse It!
Before you throw anything out, think about whether you can give it a second life. Plastic sandwich baggies can be rinsed out and reused and glass jars can become impromptu coffee mugs, salad jars or containers for foods from the bulk goods section. Just have the cashier weigh your jar before you fill it up with your favorite bulk goodies.
You can also make your recyclables into Pinterest-worthy craft projects like this adorable cat planter. Trust me – you’ll look like you’ve decorated your apartment exclusively from Etsy and Anthropologie without emptying your bank account. If you’re cleaning out your closet, there are easy ways to repurpose clothing you’re no longer wearing – sell it at a resale shop like Buffalo Exchange!
By Monica Eckhoff, Buffalo Exchange HQ
We are absolutely in love with all of the fun fabric textures for the season. We’re seeing velvet, crushed velvet, faux fur and teddy bear fur, but our favorite is all of the glitter and metallic. These high-shine styles definitely make a statement, so if you’re looking for holiday party outfit ideas, they’re the perfect solution! Check out our favorite ways to style the metallic trend so that you aren’t scrambling at the last minute.
A dress is a go-to choice, so we paired these metallic shift dresses with moto jackets and shoes to match. Throw on a pair of tights and you are NYE-ready. If you really want to be bold, you can swap out the moto jacket for faux fur!
Summer is great and all, but we’re SO HAPPY to finally wear our favorite fall looks and add a little diversity to our wardrobes! Layering is like a fashion magic trick that adds all these different dimensions to your outfit! This fall, we’re feeling basic neutrals, 70s staples and classic 50s rockabilly looks for men.
One of the trendiest and most accessible looks we’ve seen this fall is head-to-toe neutral tones. By mixing different textures and interesting neutrals, you can create fall looks that really stand out. If you’re into light layers, mix a caramel-colored button-up with your light brown grandpa cardigan for a classic Bellingham look. Whether you prefer deep browns and greens or camels and creams, there’s a way for everyone to wear neutrals!
By Amelia Gotobed, Buffalo Exchange HQ
We all know that money doesn’t grow on trees. Instead, it takes an outpouring of community support to run Texas non-profit TreeFolks. Trees are essential to our environment, cleaning our air and water and providing habitat for wildlife. That’s why TreeFolks works so hard to plant trees in Texas. And that’s why Buffalo Exchange Austin is proud to sponsor TreeFolks as one of the three Austin nonprofits in our Tokens for Bags® program.
What is TreeFolks?
Established in 1989, TreeFolks has planted 1 million trees in the urban Austin area, cultivating better air quality and shelter from the hot Texas sun. TreeFolks engages thousands of volunteers to help plant trees in community areas like parks, preserves and schoolyards. TreeFolks also helps with reforestation efforts in the wake of natural disasters. This is one of the only Austin nonprofits that promotes comprehensive urban forestry.
Tree Teachings: Why TreeFolks is One of the Top Austin Nonprofits
TreeFolks also provides comprehensive, research-based tree education. These educational opportunities, which use the urban forest as a classroom, are available to the public all year round, free of charge. TreeFolks’ educational programs serve the diverse population of Central Texas, allowing them to connect with and learn about the trees that are to vital to our lives. From Tree Adventures, which involves bike rides and tree climbs, to Sapling Days, during which thousands of baby trees are planted, this Austin nonprofit’s programs include something for everyone.
Here at Sell By Mail, there is one thing we can all agree on – we just can’t wait for fall! When we’re gazing at a saguaro cactus on an 80 degree November day (we’re based out of the Southern Arizona desert, go figure), it feels like crisp fall weather will never truly be here. So, while we wait, we’ve been poring over fashion mags and scouting our favorite stores to put together a wish list of our favorite fall fashion trends. Here are some of the men’s and women’s cool-weather styles that we’ve been dreaming of lately.
If you’re all about denim, you’re in luck this season! Whether you’re rocking the workwear inspiration or feeling a So-Cal skater vibe, pair classic trucker jackets and bombers with slim straight jeans in every wash under the rainbow for an updated denim-on-denim look. Bring a modern feel to basic pieces with patches or distressing and don’t forget to look for denim in unexpected places – like shoes, for example!
Fall Fashion Trends That Are Anything But “Basic”
You don’t have to dress like you‘re sitting in the front row at Fashion Week to have some serious style. One of our favorite fall fashion trends is (drum roll, please)… basics! It’s time to have fun with your fashion standbys. Punch up the style factor of your jeans and tee combo with a retro-inspired or authentic vintage graphic tee. Add some pop to your classic button-down with an all-over print. There are endless ways to keep your style fresh without piling on the trends.
New Fall “Neutrals”
While some people hear “neutral” and think “boring,” a rich palette of fall tones is anything but dull! Neutrals are no longer limited to black, white and beige. Bright cobalt blue, timeless olive green and deep burgundy go with anything and everything and can take a simple outfit to the next level.
Pop of Color
As much as we love neutrals, sometimes you need to put some pep in your step with a little color. A tomato red sweater will definitely add fire to a monochrome outfit! Even if you’re not into brights, nothing in the color wheel is off limits this year. If you’re sick of beige, a lavender moto jacket or a millennial pink pea coat could be just what the doctor ordered.
The New Distressing
Distressed denim has been a closet staple for so long, it’s been feeling a little like denim had nowhere new to go. Luckily, the art of perfectly worn-in denim has reached new heights. One of the fall fashion trends we’ve been seeing everywhere is distressed hems – and we love them! You can rock this trend, no matter your style. There’s a level of distressing that will work for anyone, from raw hems to hi-low step hems to hems that are so distressed they have full-on fringe. Don’t write off the lived-in denim jacket just yet, though – these iconic pieces have become closet staples that pair perfectly with any style.
Bold Graphic Prints
These days, there’s a print for every style – classic or quirky, minimalist or bold. If you’re ready to go all out, then go big with a marble-inspired print in bold black and white. For a more subtle version, try an oversized plaid in a monochrome mix of soft grays. Don’t forget about lush fall florals, quirky polka dots, menswear-inspired checks, lumberjack plaids and even camo.
If you’re cleaning out your closet, but you’re not ready to say goodbye to any of your cozy sweaters, chic jackets and other favorite fall fashion trends, don’t worry! Sell By Mail buys the best of all seasons, all year round! We’re still buying all those warm-weather tees, shorts and short-sleeve button ups for guys as well as summer blouses, denim and tees for gals. We’d love to see your spring and summer favorites or your fall and winter must-haves, no matter the time of the year! Visit this helpful Sell By Mail blog to find out more or Request a Bag now!
Maxine Pozega is a long-time Buffalo Exchange customer, first becoming an avid shopper when the Albuquerque store opened over 20 years ago. As a young woman, Maxine had dreams of becoming a fashion designer. She has always had a passion for clothing and often makes her own embellishments and alterations to her unique vintage wardrobe. Maxine also loves finding beads and semi-precious stones to re-string into custom pieces . At 82 years young, Maxine is a bold spirit with a timeless style – follow along as we get to know her a little better!
Viva Glam Magazine mentioned Buffalo Exchange in an article titled, “Buffalo Exchange: Do Some Good, and Do It In Style” on November 7, 2017. “… While we have nothing against a common thrift store find, our treasures found at Buffalo Exchange were as rewarding for our closets as they proved to be for the environment. I’m talking Zimmerman, Margiela, Haute Hippie, and more for $30 and under! Not only did we score those more modern labels, we found some gorgeous vintage threads (from the 60s to be exact) along with some jewelry, shoes, and handbags.”