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Freaky Friday: My Mother’s Day Styling Challenge

By Aarian Frye, Buffalo Exchange HQ

There are many things I love about my mother, from her sense of humor to her generous spirit. If I had to choose one of my favorites things about her, it’s that she’s never been risk-adverse. She’s braver than I am by a long shot, and doesn’t back down from a challenge… unless the challenge is allowing me – her one and only daughter (Hi, Mom!) – to dress her in outfits outside of her comfort zone. However, she agreed when I added in this one important caveat: my mom could dress me as well *cue ominous lightning strike*.  Read ahead for our Freaky Friday  of an afternoon shopping session at Buffalo Exchange Tucson to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Check, Please

Buffalo Exchange, Tucson, Mother's Day, Gingham Skirt

First, my mom picks out this checkered skirt and off-the-shoulder blouse for me – good job, Mom! This actually looks like a lot of the things I already own. My only hang up is the silhouette of the skirt – I don’t find the knee-length bell shape to be particularly flattering on me. This would be an ideal look for a Mother’s Day brunch, though, and I could definitely see myself wearing this outfit beyond the Buffalo Exchange dressing rooms!

The Clash

Buffalo Exchange, Tucson, Mother's Day, Blue blouse and floral jeans

“Oh, Aarian, no,” is my mother’s response to this striped ruffle blouse and floral jeans. Oops. Guess my mom is not much of a pattern clasher. Nonetheless, she tries them on – and doesn’t totally hate it! This is a huge victory in my eyes. If you’re also hesitant about mixing patterns, I recommend keeping the color scheme soft and simple, like we did here.

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Becoming a New Mom: Lessons in Life and Style

Buffalo Exchange Savannah Becoming a New Mom

By Savannah, Buffalo Exchange HQ

It’s my first Mother’s Day being a mama and I can barely believe how fast the days have gone by.  My little Luca will be exactly six months on May 13. He’s already grown so much and it’s so fun to see his personality come to life. For me, motherhood has been the greatest gift. I feel like my heart could explode with love and happiness nearly every day. But real talk, being a new mom has changed pretty much everything, including my personal style and outlook on life. Here are some lessons that I’ve learned over the past 15 months, all in time to ring in my first Mother’s Day in style.

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Yay, We’re Pregnant! Wait… What?

Buffalo Exchange Savannah Mother's Day Baby Photo

When my husband and I found out we were going to be a new mom and dad, it came as a total surprise. I know now that he was THE BEST SURPRISE of my life, but I was totally unnerved at the time. We had planned everything out – when to get married, where to buy a house, when to have kids, etc.  Everything seemed to be going according to plan and then BOOM, BABY! I was nervous and felt like it was way too soon. Looking back, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Luca came into our lives exactly when he was meant to. Lesson #1: Trust the timing of your life. There is no such thing as ‘perfect timing’ and everyone’s path in life is different and constantly changing. Rather than question it, go with the flow. You may be amazed at the outcome!

The Times They Are a Changin’

Buffalo Exchange Savannah Maternity Photo

Buffalo Exchange Savannah Maternity Photo

I loved being pregnant, but it was also pretty hectic for me. Not only was my body changing every day, but my heart, mind and home were also going through massive reconstruction. I’m talking from-the-ground-up type of remodeling. From buying little infant Converse (I just HAD TO HAVE THEM) to a changing table, we were getting more and more ready for Luca’s arrival. I already had an unreal amount of love for my little guy and felt an enormous amount of responsibility to protect and provide for him. As someone used to worrying only about myself, preparing to be a new mom made for some pretty major changes. Lesson #2: Change is good.

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6 Tips to Clean Out & Earn Cash for Clothes You Don’t Wear

Buffalo Exchange 6 Tips to Clean Out & Earn Cash for Clothes You Don't Wear

By Jessica Pruitt, Buffalo Exchange HQ

So you’ve read Marie Kondo’s book on cleaning out, you’ve made several trips to The Container Store and you’ve spent a whole lot of time visualizing a clean, organized closet. And yet…you’re still stuck with a pile of clothes on the floor. We get it. That’s why we’ve compiled our favorite tips for cleaning out your closet and earning cash for clothes you just don’t wear anymore.  Read on to set yourself up for some major wardrobe wins!

Clean Out Seasonally

Buffalo Exchange Clean Out Seasonally Earn Cash for Clothes Gingham Shorts and Sandals

To prevent your cleanout from being overwhelming, go through your closet once per season (every 3-6 months, depending on what works for you). When you do, start by pulling out all of the out-of-season pieces. Store the ones you think you’ll wear next year and pack up the rest in a bag to sell. Resale stores like Buffalo Exchange always buy the best of all seasons, so even if the weather’s warming up, you may still be able to sell the fantastic down jacket that’s just not your color.

Create a Special Section in Your Closet

Buffalo Exchange Special Section in Closet for Vintage Earn Cash for Clothes

I don’t know about you, but I always have a hard time figuring out what to do with sentimental pieces, party dresses and one-of-a-kind vintage. I hardly wear these items and honestly get tired of looking at them, so I’m tempted to sell them every time I clean out. On the other hand, I can’t bear to part with unique pieces that I may never see again.

The solution? Give them their own special section in your closet! This’ll make it a whole lot easier to get dressed each morning. Plus, when you want to switch up your standard wardrobe, you’ll have a whole section of pieces that feel new and exciting to throw on. If you end up finding that you’re still not wearing these items, keep in mind that Buffalo Exchange loves to buy vintage and one-of-a-kind finds.

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Take a Peek Into Our Spring/Summer Zine!

Buffalo Exchange Spring Summer 2018 Zine

By Jessica Pruitt, Buffalo Exchange HQ

April showers bring May flowers…and our spring/summer zine! For this edition, we share 3 new approaches to spring closet cleaning, feature some of our favorite trends for the season (hint: 90s and 00s are making the cut) and see some amazing style from Buffalo Exchange stores across the country – enjoy a Pastel Daydream at Buffalo Exchange San Diego and a Retro Revival at Buffalo Exchange Atlanta.  Then, find out what some of our favorite Instagram style stars love about shopping at Buffalo Exchange and 2 personal stylists’ tips for shopping resale. Stop by your local Buffalo Exchange to pick up a free copy of the zine or read it online!

Pastel Daydream

Buffalo Exchange Spring Summer 2018 Zine Pastel Daydream Buffalo Exchange Spring Summer 2018 Zine Pastel Daydream

Cool off with these ice cream-inspired looks! Straight from sunny California, photographer Monique Woolley brings us pastel styles in lavender, mint and peach that play with fun patterns, silhouettes and textures. Special thanks to Moosie’s Ice Cream in San Diego. Makeup by Jenn Liptak, modeling by Stacy Cosman, Raquel Woolley and Almira Staleva.

Retro Revival

Buffalo Exchange Spring Summer 2018 Zine Retro Revival Buffalo Exchange Spring Summer 2018 Zine Retro Revival

This summer, we’re loving looks that take us back to simpler times. Photographer Ryan Naru brings on the retro at Buffalo Exchange Atlanta! Modeling by Daija Thomasson, Natalia Diaz and Cassidy Hayes.

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Style Spotlight: Pastel Goth at Buffalo Exchange NYC

Buffalo Exchange NYC East Village Pastel Goth Style Blog

By Savannah Timpani; Photo from Buffalo Exchange NYC East Village

Here at Buffalo Exchange NYC East Village, we love pretty much every style you can think of – including a full range of gothic looks. Buyer Eve Williams shows us her take on pastel goth, from all-pink-everything to an oh-so-nostalgic My Little Pony dress. Read on to peek some of her favorite looks!

What is Pastel Goth?

Pastel goth takes modern goth elements and adds a certain softness with sheer fabrics and fun colors like lavender and pink. Statement shoes and playful accessories are key!

Buffalo Exchange NYC East Village Pastel Goth Style Telephone Purse Pink Outfit

Buffalo Exchange NYC East Village Pastel Goth Style My LIttle Pony Dress Pink Outfit

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Thank You for Shopping Our Earth Day $1 Day Sale!

By Jessica Pruitt, Buffalo Exchange HQ

Attention all Earth Day $1 Day shoppers! If you stopped by to score some $1 finds last Saturday, April 21, you ought to give yourself a huge high five. Thanks to everyone who came out, we raised $51,471 for The 5 Gyres Institute, a non-profit doing great work in the area of ocean plastic pollution. That’s a whole lot of happy turtles – and we couldn’t have done it without you! In the four months leading up to Earth Day, we also collected over 1,464 furs through our Coats for Cubs Drive, which are shipping out to animal rehabilitators across the nation as we speak.

A Little Bit About Our Earth Day $1 Day Sale

Buffalo Exchange, Las Vegas, Earth Day Dollar Sale, Empty Racks

On Saturday, April 21, customers lined up around the block at 47 Buffalo Exchange stores nationwide to shop a special selection of clothing for $1 apiece. For these shoppers, brunch could wait – they knew that $1 items go quickly, so it’s best to get to the store early! Whether it was pouring rain (we’re looking at you, Texas) or hedging on 90 degrees (ahem, Tucson), the sale went on!

Buffalo Exchange, Las Vegas, Earth Day Dollar Sale, Happy Customer

Over the past 20 years, Buffalo Exchange’s Earth Day $1 Day Sales have raised more than $665,000 for a variety of charities and environmental causes. Last year, all funds raised went to the Humane Society of the United States and their efforts to promote pet adoption. Other charities we’ve supported include Center for Biological Diversity and their water conservation efforts.

And Don’t Forget Coats for Cubs!

Buffalo Exchange, HQ, Coats For Cubs, Fox Kit

From January 1 until Earth Day every year, we invite customers to donate their unwanted furs in any condition to our Coats for Cubs Drive. We then ship these off to wildlife rehabilitators across the country, who repurpose them into bedding to provide warmth and comfort to recovering animals. Since taking this initiative over from The Humane Society in 2006, we have collected over 15,108 furs for animals in need. This year, we collected over 1,464 furs, all thanks to you guys.

But it doesn’t stop there – we give back to the community all year round! At every one of our 47 Buffalo Exchange stores, we support three local non-profits at a time through our Tokens for Bags program. Instead of giving out plastic bags, we give out 5 cent charity tokens – the result is over $728,595 raised for thousands of local nonprofits and almost 14.5 million plastic bags kept out of the environment. Want to give back just by shopping? Stop by your local Buffalo Exchange to recycle your closet cleanout and shop fun spring finds!

 

 

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Talking ‘Bout My Generation: Retro Fashion Through the Decades

Buffalo Exchange Sherman Oaks Talking 'Bout My Generation: Retro Fashion Through the Decades

By Buffalo Exchange Sherman Oaks; Photography by Saeli Eshelman

These days, retro fashion is dominating the scene. Whether you’re into 60s space age, 70s rock and roll or 90s nostalgia, chances are you’re making a nod to styles past. The coolest part? These throwback looks feel both classic and completely fresh. Buffalo Exchange Sherman Oaks walks us through the decades, one outfit at a time.

Silhouettes of the 60s

Buffalo Exchange Sherman Oaks Retro Fashion 60s A-Line

During the sixties, space-age trends were hugely popular and are credited for the birth of boxy, structured A-line silhouettes. For a classic take on the decade, we styled a drop waist, mock neck dress with basic, low block heels. This is one of the main styles made popular by mod icons like Twiggy. For a more modern version, we paired a denim jumper in a classic silhouette with velvet ankle booties.

Buffalo Exchange Sherman Oaks 60s Modern Retro Fashion Denim Jumper

Far Out Retro Fashion

Buffalo Exchange Sherman Oaks 70s Retro Fashion

The seventies saw tons of styles inspired by our favorite musicians, with band tees and bell bottoms taking center stage. Did you know these styles made way for the modern T-shirt and jeans look? For a classic take on the 70s, we paired a fringed-up band tee with bell flares and boots. Talk about retro fashion at its coolest. Then, to move it into the modern day, we tried out a suede fringed skirt with a distressed Guns N’ Roses tee and buckled boots.

Buffalo Exchange Sherman Oaks 70s Retro Fashion Suede Skirt Guns n Roses

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DIY Bag: Turn Your T-Shirt Into a Reusable Tote!

Buffalo Exchange DIY Bag

By Savannah Timpani, Buffalo Exchange HQ

At Buffalo Exchange, we’re all about recycling our clothing and accessories – whether that means trading in our closet cleanout for cash or store credit or repurposing a T-shirt into a fun DIY bag! For an environmental win-win, take a T-shirt you no longer wear and turn it into a reusable tote bag to carry with you when you go shopping. This is the EASIEST DIY EVER, so why not make one this weekend? You can bring it to our Earth Day $1 Day Sale on Saturday, April 21 to carry home all your $1 finds!

What You’ll Need for Your DIY Bag

 

Buffalo Exchange DIY Bag Supplies

To make your DIY bag, all you’ll need is a tee of your choosing and some scissors. Did we mention this is the easiest DIY ever?

Step 1: Snip, Snip

Buffalo Exchange DIY Bag Step 1

Once you have your tee and scissors, you’re ready to get snipping! Start by cutting off the sleeves, including the seam, on each side.

Buffalo Exchange DIY Bag Cut Off Neckline

Next, cut off the neckline, including the seam. Keep in mind that, the lower you cut, the deeper the opening of your bag will be.

Step 2: Fringe It Out

Buffalo Exchange DIY Bag Cut Off Bottom Seam

Now that you have what looks like a rad tank, cut the bottom of the shirt horizontally along the seam.

Buffalo Exchange DIY Bag Add Fringe

Next, cut some slits vertically about 2-3 inches long and 1-2 inches apart all along the bottom. When you’re done, it should look like a fringey tank.

Step 3: Tie It Up

Buffalo Exchange DIY Bag Tie It Up Step 3

Onto the last step! Tie each piece of fringe with a double overhand knot and VOILA, the perfect tote bag! Extra style points for adding your favorite pins or patches.

Buffalo Exchange DIY Bag Finished Product

In case you didn’t know, Buffalo Exchange is a bagless company. This means that, instead of handing out plastic bags, we hand out charity tokens with each purchase. Fun fact: we’ve donated over $728,595 to thousands of local non-profits and kept over 14.5 million plastic bags from polluting the environment since starting our Tokens for Bags program in 1994. So next time you stop in to shop at your local Buffalo, bring your reusable DIY bag!






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More Ocean, Less Plastic: Meet Our Earth Day $1 Day Sale Beneficiary

Buffalo Exchange, Headquarters, 5 Gyres, Plastic Pollution

By Danielle Hargett, Buffalo Exchange HQ

Every year, we choose a different environmental charity to support through our Earth Day $1 Day Sale. For 2018, we’re thrilled to announce that all proceeds from the sale will go to The 5 Gyres Institute! 5 Gyres is an organization dedicated to using science, art, education and adventure to understand and reduce plastic pollution.

Mark Your Calendars

Buffalo Exchange, HQ, 5 Gyres, Prince Leopold Islands

Clear your schedule – our 21st annual Earth Day $1 Day Sale is coming up on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at all locations, excluding outlets. A special selection of men’s and women’s fashion will be available for just $1 apiece. All proceeds of the sale will be donated to The 5 Gyres Institute in support of their efforts to research ocean plastic pollution and engage communities in the responsible use, design and disposal of plastic materials.

So, What’s a Gyre?

Buffalo Exchange, HQ, 5 Gyres, Beach

A gyre, pronounced jy-yure, is a ring-like oceanic current system. There are 5 subtropical gyres in the ocean (hence the non-profit’s name!) and, in 2011, 5 Gyres discovered evidence of plastic in all of them. Since then, they have been studying how plastic travels to these gyres and the effects it has on marine ecosystems, wildlife and human health.

#BeadFree

Buffalo Exchange, HQ, 5 Gyres, Broken plastic on beach

5 Gyres may be relatively new, beginning in 2009, but they’ve been at the forefront of major environmental challenges and accomplishments. A notable example is the 2015 U.S. ban on plastic microbeads – tiny pieces of plastic found in cosmetics that you can’t see or filter out. Thanks to their research on plastic pollution and their #BeadFree campaign, the sale and manufacturing of these plastic microbeads are now banned in the United States.

Moving Towards a Plastic Pollution Solution

Buffalo Exchange, HQ, 5 Gyres, Plastic trawl

Current 5 Gyres programs include their TrawlShare, Plastics BAN (Better Alternatives Now) List and Mi Mar educational initiative, just to name a few. Through their Trawlshare program, they engage citizen scientists and are able to broaden their data collection on marine plastic pollution. Their Plastics BAN List gives consumers the chance to learn about the materials they regularly use and provides options for better alternatives to plastic.

One of their newest initiatives, Mi Mar, or My Sea in Spanish, is a program that encourages underserved high school students to learn about plastic pollution through one-day research expeditions off the coast of L.A. Through their programming, they work to spread awareness about the issue, create community engagement and spark ideas for long-term solutions.

BYOB!

Buffalo Exchange, HQ, 5 Gyres, Reusable bags

Like what you hear? Support 5 Gyres and their mission to reduce plastic pollution by shopping our Earth Day $1 Day Sale this April! To minimize plastic use and maximize your clothing carrying capacity, be sure to bring your own reusable bag to the sale (or buy one of ours, made from 70% recycled bottles)! Don’t forget that the sale is cash only and that $1 items go quickly, so plan to arrive at the store early! For opening hours, check your local Buffalo Exchange. To learn more about 5 Gyres and find out other ways to get involved with this year’s Earth Day $1 Day Sale beneficiary, visit 5gyres.org.

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The 5 Day Closet Challenge

Buffalo Exchange Closet Challenge

By Jessica Pruitt, Buffalo Exchange HQ

When it comes to cleaning out your closet, there are easy wins and not-so-easy wins. I can usually stand to part with jeans that feel too tight, but what about those pieces that fit well and are actually kind of cute? You know, the ones you feel bad about never wearing? If you’re trying to wrap your head around how to clean out your closet this spring, try wearing one item you’re on the fence about for 5 days straight. To keep or to sell – that is the question!

Lessons In Overalls: Trust Your Instincts

Buffalo Exchange Jessica Overalls

For the first day of my closet challenge, I decided on a pair of flared Zara overalls. When I got them, they were a prized find, but over the past year, I’ve had trouble wearing them more than a couple of times. I received several compliments on them over the course of the day and even felt pretty cute, but the outfit just didn’t feel right. Though it wasn’t the easiest decision, these went in the “Sell” bag. Lesson #1: Even if everyone else tells you an item is cute, what really matters is how you feel in it. Trust your instincts!

How to Clean Out Your Closet by Going Shopping

On day 1 of my closet challenge, before I’d actually gotten rid of anything, I did the taboo…I went shopping. In my defense, though, it’s the perfect way to kick off a cleanout! Having some fresh new finds that you can’t wait to wear makes it a lot easier to part with those pieces you’re just not loving anymore.

Plus, it opens up a whole new world of styling options. For day 2 of my challenge, I chose an off-the-shoulder baby blue blouse. Every time I had tried styling this blouse, it looked strangely formal. Enter a new pair of pom pom shoes and military-style pants from Buffalo Exchange Phoenix. Outfit perfection!

Buffalo Exchange Jessica Style

I had similar success on day 3 by pairing a new flared sleeve Free People blouse with wide-legged Madewell pants I wasn’t so sure about anymore. And how about the raw-hemmed Anthropologie jeans I wore on day 4? Some new faux-furry slides did the trick!

Buffalo Exchange Jessica Outfits

Lesson #2: Before you clean out, go shopping and try styling those hard-to-wear pieces with your new finds. You might come up with some new go-to looks! For everything that you’re still not loving, it’s time to let it go.

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