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Bring a Friend, Get $5 on Sunday Funday at Buffalo Exchange Costa Mesa!

Sunday Scaries? No, thanks — we’re all about Sunday Funday at Buffalo Exchange Costa Mesa! Now through May 31st, bring a buddy who’s never shopped at Buffalo Exchange and score a sweet $5 off coupon for each of you. With summer on the way, now is a great time to revamp your warm-weather wardrobe! Our store is fully stocked with shorts, skirts, lightweight breezy button-downs and blouses, dresses and more to supply you with enough summer style to last all season long. 

Buffalo Exchange Costa Mesa is the perfect shopping destination for friends: nestled in The LAB Anti Mall, you can make an entire day out of your trip by grabbing a bite at eateries like Baba’s Chicken or Habana, growing your green thumb at Plant Matter Shop, checking out awesome vinyl albums at Creme Tangerine Records and recharging with a cool refreshment from Nook Coffee on your way out. 

Before you go, consider taking a look through your closet to see if you have any extra clothes, shoes and accessories you’re not wearing — your closet cleanout could become cash or trade to put towards the sweet secondhand pieces you’ll find in store! Buffalo Exchange Costa Mesa buys all day on Sundays (and every day of the week!) with no appointment required. We can’t wait for you to stop by!


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7 Spring Style Trends to Try This Season

New season, new wardrobe! Fresh off the runways of New York and London Fashion Week, we’ve handpicked some of the stand-out spring style trends we’re most looking forward to this season. Scroll through to see our favorite warm-weather trends and tips on how to wear them!

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ROY-G-BIV’in It Up in Bright Colors 

If your fall/winter wardrobe was dominated by neutrals and you’re ready for a change, this first spring style trend is for you: welcome the warmer weather with saturated colors — the brighter the better! Neons, classic bold primaries and even rich jewel tones all fall under the bright-color umbrella and there’s no shortage of ways to style them. While bright color can be a big step if your sense of style is more reserved, don’t be discouraged from trying it yourself. Instead of head-to-toe color, try finishing off your look with a bright pair of shoes, handbag or other accessories. The whole point of this trend is to have fun, and you’ll win big points for creativity!

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Prep’s Cool! 

Started by the Ivy League crowd in the 1940s, brought back by college students in the 80s and then again in the early 2000s (remember when everyone was wearing layered polos?), this trend has some serious staying power. Like most of fashion, what’s old is new again, and this look originally associated with old money is back with a new twist. For 2022, we’re seeing this spring style trend take a new form with dramatic proportion play, like pairing cropped sweater vests with oversized oxford shirts and platform loafers. For a more subdued take on the preppy trend, add blazers, matching sets, cardigans and pleated skirts into your wardrobe rotation.

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Flashback-Worthy Florals 

We know, we know, florals for spring aren’t exactly groundbreaking. Still, the beauty of floral prints is that they’re perennial (that means “present at all seasons of the year,” for all you non-gardeners out there). The latest iteration of this spring style trend is a groovy, vintage-feeling motif that blends floral patterns from the 60s, 70s and 90s. Wear them in modern styles like a jumpsuit, or go for the real thing with a vintage sheath dress!

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Shawty Get Low Low Low

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the low-rise pants of the early 00s are back! Drop your rise and throw on a crop top for an easy spring look. 

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BAG ALERT: XXL Bags Are a Major Spring Style Trend

Major bag alert. Although not a core piece of clothing, the right bag is crucial to finishing any outfit. This spring, we’re seeing the opposite of the teensy-tiny handbags of 2021. Now that we’re back on-the-go, you’ll want a bag that can carry a wide array of items. If a truly gargantuan bag like the size ‘Large’ Telfar or oversized Kipling backpack feel like too much to handle, go for a reasonably “oversized” tote instead!

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Can You Take Me Higher? Platforms, Please! 

The party shoe is back, and it’s not waiting until the sun goes down to strut its stuff — this is a fun spring style trend you’ll want to show off in the daytime! Surprisingly versatile with styles ranging from boots to sandals or even sneakers, there’s no shortage of platforms to pick from. If you’re not quite ready for the high-life, start small with a flatform. Dress them down for a casual look with jeans and your favorite tee, or go all out on nostalgia with 70s-inspired platforms and a maxi skirt with a floor-sweeping hemline. The possibilities are as endless as the compliments you’ll get!

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Smells Like Team Spirit: Varsity Jackets

As we transition out of cold-weather outerwear, here’s one jacket style that still made the cut for spring style trends: varsity jackets! Also known as ‘Letterman’ jackets, so named for the team letters traditionally sewn across the chest, varsity jackets aren’t just for jocks anymore — we’ve seen them everywhere, from the runways to the red carpet.

This Next Spring Style Trend Needs No Introduction…

Saving the best for last, here’s the biggest spring style trend of all: shopping secondhand! Sustainability is always in style, and the best way to switch up your style for the new season is by cleaning out your closet and selling at Buffalo Exchange — it is called spring cleaning, after all! Your past favorite pieces could help grow into trade to spend on a fresh new look just in time for the warmer weather. To scll your closet cleanout, stop by your local Buffalo Exchange anytime!


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Buffalo Exchange Is Buying For Spring!

Spring (cleaning) is in the air! Whether you love to Marie Kondo your closet or not, deep cleaning can be made easier with a quick trip to Buffalo Exchange. We’re currently buying for spring — think lightweight sweaters and jackets, blouses + button-ups, dresses, tees and denim — but we buy the best of all seasons year round! After you’ve tidied your closet, sweep through your collection of accessories for other items we buy like shoes, hats, belts and even sunglasses and watches. Plus, don’t forget that we’re always interested in seeing your one-of-a-kind vintage pieces and Southwestern jewelry — these are the things that make Buffalo Exchange the best resale shop in the West! Your closet cleanout could become cash or trade to spend on a fresh look for the new season. We buy from open to close every day, so stop in anytime!

 


Support These 5 Awesome Non-Profits Just By Shopping

Support These 5 Awesome Non-Profits Just By Shopping

Back in 1994, Buffalo Exchange decided to start encouraging people to skip the single-use plastic bags and instead donate the cost of that bag to local non-profits. This idea turned into our Tokens for Bags® program – and what a success it has been! So far, we’ve raised over $874,676 for thousands of local charities and kept over 17.4 million bags from polluting the environment. Read on for just a few of the amazing organizations that you can support now through June 2022.

826 MSP at BE Minneapolis

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826 MSP’s mission is to empower underserved K–12 students to think creatively, write effectively, and succeed academically alongside a community of caring volunteers. If you’re in Minneapolis, show them your support by dropping them a token next time you stop in to shop. 

P:ear at BE Portland (Hawthorne)

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P:ear builds positive relationships with homeless youth through education, art, recreation, and job training to affirm personal worth and create more meaningful and healthier lives. Next time you’re strolling Hawthorne, stop into Buffalo to help out homeless youth in the area.

The People Concern at BE Santa Monica

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The People Concern believes no one should have to live on the street or in a violent household. Their staff and volunteers work together to address the effects of homelessness, poverty, mental and physical illness, abuse, and addiction. With their programs, they look to empower the most vulnerable among us to improve their quality of life – housed, healthy and safe – and become active participants in the community. You can do your part by dropping your token in their box next time you make a purchase at BE Santa Monica!

Open Space Institute at BE Astoria 

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Open Space Institute protects land that supports important natural resources like clean water, climate protection, and healthy communities, and safeguards the places that make life worth living, like parks for recreation and plant and animal habitats. Over the past 40 years, they helped save millions of acres through land acquisition, funding, research, and advocacy. They also increased access to the great outdoors through their support of grassroots efforts and park enhancement projects. If you love the outdoors, stop into BE Astoria and donate your token to Open Space Institute!

HousingPlus at BE Brooklyn 

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HousingPlus provides under-served women and families the keys to build lives of their own. They provide housing so these women can create real homes and address the traumatic events that may have led to their homelessness. They also offer employment services that help them get jobs. This uniquely holistic approach empowers women to achieve personal and financial security for themselves and their families. Head into BE Brooklyn to give back to HousingPlus!

We’re so glad we have the chance to support the great work of these and other non-profit organizations through our Tokens for Bags® program. We sponsor four local non-profits at each location and rotate them every six months, so click through to find out which orgs you can give back to right now. Before you head in to shop, be sure to pack your reusable bag or pick up one of our super cute designs in-store – they’re made of 70% recycled plastic bottles!  


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Meet Katriel: Model, Stylist, and Buyer at Buffalo Exchange Las Vegas!

Growing up, Katriel cites his parents for inspiring his interest in fashion. His dad is an R&B musician with a flair for good style and his grandmother was a whiz on the sewing machine. His parents were also excellent cooks. In high school, Katriel studied the culinary arts and had the chance to work with chefs in Las Vegas. While he loved the artistic aspect of plating food and the way that his dishes would delight customers, he ultimately decided that fashion was his true love.

Originally a sneakerhead with a self-described 90s Fresh Prince-inspired style, he now takes inspiration from Jimi Hendrix, Lenny Kravitz and the 1970s. “I’m a sneakerhead at heart,” he says, “but a boot guy on the feet.” He still has a collection of more than 50 sneakers, with prized possessions like a pair of Air Jordan 1s from 1985 (the first Jordan ever made) and Kendrick Lamar Cortez’s, but his style now is more runway. Think 1970s vintage, Western styles, square toes, loafers and boots. “Being bold with fashion,” he says, “is one of the reasons why fashion is what it is. Be different. Make something out of nothing. Make it yours… I never want to look like somebody else.” When it comes to styling or creating the perfect photograph, Katriel recommends spontaneity. “If you see anything around you, take advantage of it. Step outside of your comfort zone. Put something on that you’re not comfortable with and see people’s reaction.”

Katriel has been working at Buffalo since June of 2019. He loves the way that the job teaches you about a wide variety of styles. With such a diverse staff, as well, you not only get to see the styles – you get to see how people wear them. He also loves talking to customers and finding just the right piece for them. “Just have fun,” he says. “Of course you have to work hard and get your job done, but if you’re not having fun, then the customers won’t have fun. The rest of the staff won’t have fun.”


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Meet Katie Pedro: Playwright, Director and Buffalo Exchange Williamsburg Associate Manager!

Katie comes with a background in Musical Theatre and a Master’s degree from Sarah Lawrence in directing, ensemble work and digital media. These days, when she’s not at Buffalo Exchange, she works as a freelance director and playwright with a focus on narratives centered around women and retelling historical narratives. She also works as Associate Artistic Director with Troy Foundry Theatre in Troy, NY. She takes inspiration from artists like Frida Kahlo, Louis Bourgeois, Caravaggio, and Gustav Klimt, as well as from sound and music. “I think theatre is the greatest collaborative art,” she says, “so things like music, fashion, visual art, digital media – they’re all essential to creating far-reaching performance art.”

Katie’s biggest theatrical influences include Samuel Beckett, Carol Churchill and Jose Rivera. Her work tends to be abstract with a goal of creating worlds that are recognizable but different from ours. “Experiencing art is not one size fits all,” she says. “It’s a very personal experience, and my goal is always to create space for each individual to find what they’re looking for.” Continuing her work amidst the pandemic has been tough, she admits, but just as Spencer Block believed, Katie knows that art is essential to our existence. “Art has survived every era of chaos, war, political turmoil and dysfunction in history,” she says. “We need art to express, communicate, protest, and process… When the opportunities aren’t presenting themselves, create your own.”

Over the past year and a half working at Buffalo, Katie has found her creativity and creative problem solving to be a huge asset to her job. “In the end,” she says, “fashion is art. It’s a way of communicating about ourselves, and even when I’m not making theatre, I feel like I’m working with art every day that I get to handle clothes.”

 


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15 Fun Facts About Buffalo Exchange Dallas Manager, Story Harrell!

 

You Wouldn’t Guess:

I only have about 40 pieces in my closet total!

My Road to Buffalo:

I wanted a change of pace! I had been working in the wedding industry, and was looking to step into a role that was more fashion-oriented.

Fun Theory:

I’m convinced I can learn other languages through music, so I’m listening to a lot of French and German pop from the 80s.

Describe Dallas:

Our store’s building has existed for about a century and is alongside several that have popped up within the last year.The city is a combination of old and new, tradition and innovation.

Random Customer Conversations I’ve Had:

What color we think describes the day, what planet we think we could survive on. A lot of weird conversations for sure, but it makes for a unique experience every day!

 

My Personal Style:
Andy Warhol pop art created on a yacht in the south of France, if that makes any sense.

Path to Store Manager:

I started as a Buyer, but knew I wanted to progress up the ladder. I’m grateful that Buffalo Exchange provides frequent opportunities to do so!

Go-To Pastimes:

I was an art student for a hot second, so painting and sculpting. And I love to learn, so I like to keep up with science journals.

Skill I’ve Strengthened:

Communication.This job has helped me learn to not only communicate efficiently,but also understand that everyone communicates differently!

Recent Buffalo Find:

A bubblegum pink Acne Studios western shirt from the 90s!

 

I Could Spend Forever…:

Looking at a new museum exhibit!

Favorite of the Five Points of Power:

Speak the truth. Speaking openly is one of the kindest things anyone can do!

Current Obsessions:

Whales, nature documentaries, trying not to kill my lemon tree.

Unusual Tidbit:

I had only shopped at Buffalo once before deciding to apply — and I’m happy I did!

Favorite Advice:
“Don’t take yourself too seriously, but take other people seriously.”


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Buffalo Exchange Donates $5,000 to Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona’s Unidas Program

 

This spring, Buffalo Exchange sponsored the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona’s Unidas, a philanthropic program that serves teens by teaching them how to give back to their local community. “We are incredibly excited and thankful for Buffalo Exchange’s generous gift and commitment to support Unidas each spring,” says Dr. Amalia Luxardo, WFSA’S CEO. “Their donation will not only enable our budding teen philanthropists to award a local grant, but will also give them a firsthand look at corporate social responsibility.”

 

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Photo from 2019 Unidas meeting

 

Focused on fostering a philanthropic spirit and supplying the knowledge and tools to create change in the community, Unidas gives young women the opportunity to grow while creating interpersonal connections with peers and mentors that will last a lifetime. “Unidas has given me so much valuable perspective on the world around me. I have met so many amazing, strong… inspiring young women through Unidas, which I wouldn’t have otherwise,” says Unidas participant Dylan Greenhill. “I have grown as a person, ally and advocate.”

 

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Kerstin Block and daughter Rebecca Block, Founder & VP of Buffalo Exchange, are excited for this chance to support young women in Tucson: ““As a predominantly female company, we’ve always felt strongly about empowering women,” says Kerstin. “We also believe in the importance of giving back to the communities we’re apart of. The Unidas program not only empowers young women, but it teaches them to be our future’s philanthropists. We’re proud to support that mission.”

 

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Click here to learn more about Unidas and the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona. For more of Buffalo Exchange’s community support initiatives, visit our Giving Back page!


Equal Justice Initiative Fundraiser

$1 Sale Benefiting the Equal Justice Initiative

This past July, Buffalo Exchange Tucson hosted a socially distanced Dollar Sale to raise money for the Equal Justice Initiative. This fantastic organization works hard to end mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the U.S., challenge racial and economic injustice, and protect basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in America. The sale generated $2,390, with all proceeds going directly to the Equal Justice Initiative.

Customers Shopping

During this sale, we tried out a variety of new strategies to ensure a safe shopping environment for customers and employees. For example, we limited it to no more than 45 shoppers at a time in the large parking lot of the store; customers signed up in advance for a shopping time slot; and boxes of clothing were spaced at least six feet apart, while proper use of masks was required for all. We also had customers count their items into trash bags to reduce contact and encouraged contactless payment options like Venmo.

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Overall, the sale was a great success! Customers were able to shop safely while scoring some amazing deals and supporting a great cause. Soon, we hope to hold more socially distanced $1 sales at all of our stores to raise money for a wide variety Black non-profit organizations.


Sedona Band Photographed by Katherine Bonnie

Meet Sedona – One of Brooklyn’s Bands to Watch

By Katherine Bonnie & Aarian Frye, Photography by Katherine Bonnie

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Meet Sedona: the electrifying dirty pop group based out of New York City. The band is comprised of five members: Tia on drums, Merilyn on keyboard, Claire on guitar, and Lily on bass with lead singer Sedona at the forefront. Even though the group has a wide array of personal styles, they’re all avid thrifters with an appreciation for vintage gems. It’s little surprise, then, that the group loves shopping at Buffalo! “I’ve shopped at Buffalo for as long as I’ve lived in New York, so four years now,” Claire says. “My entire outfit is from Buffalo Exchange!” Tia adds.

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Sedona did their first tour in March of 2019, driving 70 hours across the country in an old church bus to play SXSW and venues in New Orleans, Pennsylvania and their home base of NYC. “We played a bunch of shows. It was beyond fun to travel and perform with a group of inspiring ladies that I’m lucky enough to call my family!” says lead singer Sedona. They returned full of inspiration for new projects. All five members of the band light up when they talk about their plans for the group. “We set aside some time this summer to write together, which was a first for us, and we can’t wait to play more shows.”

Sedona’s next show is at Rough Trade in Brooklyn on Wednesday, August 14th. You can find their music on Spotify, Soundcloud and Youtube and keep up with the band on Instagram and Facebook. If you’re feeling inspired by this band’s catchy tunes and unique personal styling, head to your local Buffalo Exchange to shop some vintage finds of your own!