NYC Vintage Map featured Buffalo Exchange NYC locations on a map highlighting the best vintage stores in the city. Liisa Jokinen, creator of NYC Vintage Map, says, “I hope that with the help of this map more people will choose used garments over new ones and find the joy of wearing vintage. To make recycling easier, I also tagged all the stores buying second hand clothes and accepting donations.”
By Savannah Timpani, Buffalo Exchange HQ
If you’ve ever shopped in one of our stores, you’re probably familiar with our Tokens for Bags program – you know, the one that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside because you have the chance to donate to a local charity every time you shop. If you’re not familiar, here’s the way it works: instead of supplying plastic bags that cost about a nickel apiece, we offer shoppers a token worth 5 cents to put towards a good cause. Every six months, we give three new charities the chance to participate. Recently, Buffalo Exchange Boston in Somerville teamed up with Bug’s Bikes to help children with special needs. Read on to find out why we’re proud to be supporting this awesome non-profit!
How did it all begin?
The idea for Bug’s Bikes came from 5-year-old ‘Bug’, a visually impaired kid with High-Functioning Autism who really loves to ride his bicycle! After finishing his second day of Adaptive Bike Camp, which helps children of all ability levels to ride, he decided that all kids should have the chance to ride their bike home every day. Unfortunately, with price tags for basic adaptive trikes running from $600 to $1,000 on average, many families can’t afford them. Every bike is a little different depending on the kid. Bug’s bike, for example, has three wheels, a seat belt and a seatback.
“Bikes Like Me for Kids Like Me”
Determined to help his friend Sienna get a bike, Bug set up a lemonade stand with the help of his parents. Who would have figured that they’d raise over $2,000 in just three days? On October 2, 2013, Bug’s Bikes gave their first bicycle to 5-year-old Sienna. Since then, Bug’s Bikes has run an annual lemonade stand, along with other fundraising efforts, to support Bug’s vision of “Bikes like mine for kids like me!” The adaptive bikes that Bug raises money for often give families their first chance to ride bikes together and are great therapeutic tools for helping kids with special needs to build strength. Eventually, Bug’s Bikes hopes to expand the program and give out several bikes a month!
To find out more about Bug’s Bikes and volunteer with them, visit BugsBikes.org. Or, if you’re in the Boston area, stop by Buffalo Exchange Boston Somerville to donate a token and help Bug keep the wheels turning!
By Aarian Frye, Buffalo Exchange HQ
Welcome to 2018! If you’re anything like me, you don’t consider the New Year to have truly started until spring rolls around. Once the frosty air gives way to warmer temps and sprigs of grass begin to spring from the ground, we’re finally able to shed the layers of yester-year and embark on a new – or recycled – fashion journey. From the runways to the streets, we’re seeing tons of 80s and 90s style inspo this year, from polka dots and denim to completely saturated monochromes and sorbet pastels. If you’re ready to have some fun with your closet, read ahead for the full scoop on spring 2018 trends!
Snap on, Snap Off: Belt Bags
You probably saw this one coming: fanny packs – or “belt bags” as they are now called – are here to stay as one of the most useful spring 2018 trends. These waist packs aren’t what your parents wore during the family trip to Disneyland. Instead, we’re seeing belt bags with minimal pockets in sizes ranging from wallet to supersized. Go the traditional route and snap it around your middle or loop one arm through to wear as a chic crossbody.
Dapper Dans of the world, rejoice: the two-piece suit has returned! Whether you go classic with a blue linen blend that has sleek lapels or edgy with a double-breasted, grid-patterned short set, there is something sure to suit your every mood.
By Buffalo Exchange Brooklyn (Boerum Hill)
When you’re getting excited for spring style, but freezing temps and snowstorms keep popping up, what to do? Dressing for in-between seasons can be difficult, so here at Buffalo Exchange Brooklyn (Boerum Hill), we’re taking inspiration from street style seen on some of the top NYC fashion bloggers. Copy these looks to stay warm while wearing some of the pieces you’ve been stockpiling for spring!
Man Repeller’s Layering Magic
To get this Man Repeller-inspired look, we went for a fun combo of bright colors and textures. We started with gold Nike Cortez sneakers and a puffer jacket, then added plenty of textures in between to really develop the layered effect. We can definitely see wearing these gold sneakers all the way into spring and are already envisioning all the outfits they might be paired with!
Aleali May’s Casual Cool Street Style
For this look, we got our street style inspiration from Aleali May, pairing chic distressed denim with heeled booties, a fun corset top and a faux furry jacket. This is a great way to start wearing your favorite new spring pieces now! Sporty and bold, Aleali May’s streetwear style is casually chic. Her staple piece? An oversized jacket worn with joggers or jeans and heels or sneakers.
Brooklyn Blonde’s Timeless Look
The Brooklyn Blonde has a classic, polished style with go-tos like black shades, chic handbags and classic coats. We took street style inspiration from her for this outfit by pairing a Zara jacket with Reformation jeans, an oversized scarf and simple flats with a pop of color. Come spring, simply peel of the scarf and jacket and you have yourself a look that’s casual and polished all at once!
If you’re living a spring daydream, but it’s still 14 degrees outside, don’t despair! Look to your favorite Instagram accounts (including @BuffaloExchange!) for winter-to-spring street style outfit inspiration. Then, stop by your local Buffalo Exchange for tons of spring pieces you can start wearing now. Oh, and while you’re there, don’t forget to bring in your spring cleanout for cash or trade on-the-spot!
Who What Wear mentioned Buffalo Exchange in an article titled “Without Fail, I Find the Best Pieces at These L.A. Consignment Shops” on 3/8/18. “You’ll also find T-shirts, sweaters, and other wardrobe classics from high-street favorites like Zara and Brandy Melville here that won’t look like much until you find yourself wearing them on repeat.”
My Life Out of Office mentioned Buffalo Exchange in an article titled “The Best Vintage, Consignment And Thrift Shops In NYC According To A Fashion Blogger” on 3/8/18. “Do it all at Buffalo Exchange. Buy, sell and/or trade new and recycled fashion at one of its 49 stores scattered across 17 states.”
Atlanta Journal Constitution mentioned Buffalo Exchange in an article titled “Atlanta’s best resale stores: secondhand shopping for first-timers” on 3/7/18. “Opened in 2012 in Poncey-Highland, Buffalo Exchange practices a “style over brand” approach with its merchandise, which includes men’s and women’s clothing, outerwear, shoes, hats and accessories — all in excellent condition.”
Charlotte Agenda featured Buffalo Exchange in an article titled “5 men’s styles you can create at Buffalo Exchange, and how much each costs” on 2/27/18. “Buffalo Exchange buys and sells pre-loved clothes from select brands. We’re talking heavy hitters of hipness, like H&M, Forever 21, Converse, and Nike. Buffalo Exchange’s proximity to the cultural heartbeat of the city brings in a constant rotation of sellers. This means you’re going to encounter cooler finds and better deals more often than your average thrift store.”
If you’re already thinking about that spring closet cleanout, make it easy on yourself. With Buffalo Exchange’s Sell By Mail program, you can spend less time selling your past fashion favorites and more time actually getting organized (or, you know, going on a sweet spring picnic)! So, without further ado, we bring you our top tips to easily sell clothes online. Within a few weeks, you could have cash or trade in your hands! No waiting in line required.
1. Request a bag now!
It’s easy to get started – just request a Sell By Mail kit! Soon, a bright yellow envelope will arrive in your mailbox. Your kit will contain a prepaid U.S.shipping bag and a helpful “How To Sell” card with all the info you need to know to sell clothes online through Buffalo Exchange.
The best part is, once you have a Sell By Mail bag on hand, you can clean out your closet at your own pace. Use getting dressed as a daily check-up for your closet. If you find that you just never reach for it or have replaced it with a new favorite, toss it in! That darling dress you bought on a whim that’s gathering dust? Into your Sell By Mail bag it goes! Before you know it, your bag will be full and your closet will be that much happier.
By Jessica Pruitt, Buffalo Exchange HQ; Outfits styled from Buffalo Exchange Tucson
Valentine’s Day may have been invented by Hallmark way back when, but hey, I’ll take any excuse I can to dress up. Er, to celebrate my loved ones, I mean! Whether you’re planning on getting drinks with friends, going out for a fancy dinner, staying in to make dinner for two or having an impromptu snowball fight, these are some of our favorite Valentine’s Day outfit options!
She’s So Metal
I love this Valentine’s Day outfit for a night out with your besties. The metallic trend takes a turn for the romantic when paired with a fuchsia lace blouse. Add an extra pop with hoop earrings and a beaded clutch, then complete your look with tights and slides. Bonus: you’ll definitely want to re-wear this metallic origami skirt all year long.