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Five Freakily Easy Last-Minute Halloween Costumes

Out of all the frights that come with Halloween season, nothing is scarier than getting closer to the big night and realizing you still don’t have a costume. If time just crept up on you, don’t fear: we’ve put together a list of fun, last-minute Halloween costumes that you can create with pieces from your own closet and a quick trip to Buffalo Exchange! 

You’ve Got: A Black Dress

You’re in luck: a little — or long — black dress is the basis for many instantly recognizable last-minute halloween costumes. Depending on your vibe, you could transform a black dress into a witch, vampire, or everyone’s favorite superhero fashion designer, Edna Mode. Just stop by Buffalo to pick up the finishing touches. Not the dress type? Swap out a frock for a black shirt and pants and you’re back in business.

Two people stand in front of a shop window underneath a neon sign that says “reuse”. The person on the left is wearing a black dress with white bats and spider web embroidery, black & white striped tights and black Dr.Marten lace up boots. They are also wearing a bat-printed face mask, detached lace collar and a wide brim hat painted with hands featuring a sun and crescent moon. The person on the right is wearing a velvet black dress with sheer long sleeves, black & white striped tights and purple velvet lace up boots. They have accessorized with a Maleficent horned headband, pumpkin earrings and a purple and orange embroidered face mask. A person stands in a clothing store in front of racks filled with costumes. They're dressed up as a vampire in all black pants, boots and a sweater. they're wearing red plastic sunglasses with a blood-drip lense shape and a red vampire fanged face mask. Smiling person stands against a wall wearing a black dress, tights and boots. Around their neck is a plaid necktie, and they wear exaggerated circle-shaped eyeglasses.

You’ve Got: Western Boots

Yeehaw! With a pair of western boots, you could find your inner twang as a glam country singer or show off your true grit and go full-cowboy with jeans and a basic flannel.  For an extra wild-wild-western look, take it to outer space with an extraterrestrial cowboy costume — and don’t forget your hat!

Two people stand facing each other with their heads turned straight to the camera. The person standing on the left is wearing a black, fringed western dress, studded belt and pink cowboy boots. On the right, the person is wearing a leopard print cowboy hat, pink-and-white fringed shirtdress and thigh-high white western boots. Two people stand close, posed as if they were dancing at a honky tonk. The person on the right wears a pink cowboy hat, plaid shirt worn open, white croptop, denim jeans and black Dr.Marten boots. The person standing left is wearing a denim shirt, cow-print white jeans and brown boots. Two people wearing costume alien masks stand in front of a red and orange wall, tipping their pink and purple cowboy hats. The person on the right is wearing a silver blouse and skirt, striped denim vest and light pink cowboy boots. To the right, the person is wearing a leopard-print faux fur coat, white tee shirt with sparkly purple alien graphic, black bike shorts and thigh-high burgundy velvet boots.

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4 Tips for Selling Clothes From a Buffalo Exchange Buyer

In my tenure as a Buffalo Exchange employee, I’ve spent many hours behind the buy counter, and I’ve seen it all: the good, the not-as-good and the totally unexpected. To those new to the world of resale fashion, the process of selling at Buffalo can feel shrouded in mystery. But fear not: here are my tips on how to get the most out of your closet cleanout and have the most successful selling trip!  

In case you’re in a hurry, here’s the TLDR for selling clothes at Buffalo: 

  • Launder your items first & check for spots, rips, missing buttons, broken zippers, etc
  • Bring in a variety of items (t-shirts, sweaters, shorts, jackets, pants, dresses — you name it!)
  • Get familiar with your store and ask your Buyer what they’re looking for 
  • Take the trade!

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Coming Clean: Before Selling Clothes, Throw Them In the Laundry!

Even with the coolest, most stylish clothing, Buffalo can’t buy anything with spots, tears, rips or broken zippers — unless, of course, it’s purposely distressed denim or a vintage tee so amazing that a little spot doesn’t matter. As you sort your laundry, take a look to make sure everything you plan on selling is in the best possible condition. A little detergent (or even dish soap, if you’ve got a grease stain!) will go a long way in keeping your clothes from the dreaded “give back” stack. If needed, try your hand at mending any small rips or reattaching loose buttons. The same goes for shoes and accessories: do a double take for any loose or chipped heels, lifting soles, excessive wear or dirt. If you can clean it up, awesome. If it seems a little too worn, you may want to plan to donate it to your favorite local non-profit.

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Shopping for Plus Size Fashion at Buffalo Exchange Tempe

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Just like the summer sun, Caelyn’s sense of style shines bright — watch her bring in a few things to sell and swap them out for some cute, current pieces at Buffalo Exchange Tempe!

Have a plus-sized closet cleanout of your own? Trade in your past-favorite pieces for something new-to-you at your local Buffalo! We buy ALL sizes, from 16+, and your past-favorite pieces could become stylish closet staples you’ll love. To sell, stop by your local Buffalo Exchange anytime!


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Tokens for Bags® Charities

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 $893,860 for thousands of local charities since 1994, saving over 17.8 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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