Buffalo Exchange Costa Mesa Buying for Summer

Buffalo Exchange Costa Mesa is Buying for Summer!

Orange County, how’s your summer going so far? If you’re looking for something to do while keeping cool, there’s never been a better time to clean out your closet and sell to Buffalo Exchange Costa Mesa! We’re currently in need of summer staples like mens and women’s shorts, breezy blouses and button-downs, classic tees and sun dresses. We’re also looking to buy shoes, sandals, sunny accessories like hats, sunglasses and more. Still wearing your favorite warm-weather pieces? Feel free to bring in your fall and winter items too because we buy all seasons year round! 

Before you pack up your wardrobe and hit the road, give us a call at 714-825-0619 to set up your appointment to sell. We’re currently buying by drop-off appointment only. Please limit your cleanout to 50 items and let your items sit for 24 hours, untouched, before bringing them in. We’ll allow them to sit overnight before looking through, so your items may take up to 3 days to process. Remember to bring your ID and to wear a mask!


Close up of bag to sell clothes online with lavender-colored block heels, grapefruit clutch and stack of clothing

6 Tips to Sell Clothes Online with Buffalo Exchange Sell By Mail

With Buffalo Exchange Sell By Mail, it’s easier than pie to sell clothes online – no photographing items, listing them out, waiting for them to sell and making tons of trips to the post office. Just load your cleanout into the prepaid U.S.shipping bag and send it off. Within a few weeks of us receiving it, you’ll have the choice between a Paypal payout or trade to use at your fav Buffalo Exchange store.

Sell By Mail Request a Bag Web Page on Laptop to Sell Clothes Online with Planner and Central Perk Coffee Mug

Request a Bag Online

First things first, request a Sell By Mail kit online! We’ll send you a prepaid U.S.shipping bag and info about what to pack so you can easily sell clothes online. Once you have the bag, it’s convenient to clean out on your own schedule.

Living room with clothing and accessories hung and laid out across the floor and chairs in preparation to sell clothes online

Clean Out Your Closet the KonMari Way

Start by taking everything out of your closet (yes, everything) and giving the inside a once-over with a dust cloth (trust us – you’ll be glad you took the extra effort when your closet is sparkling clean at the end of this process). Then, go through each item. If it sparks joy immediately AND you know you’ll actually wear it, hang it right back up in the closet. As you go through this process, make sure to store out-of-season items and organize your clothing and shoes so that you can see everything. If you can’t see it, you probably won’t end up wearing it.

An example of the types of clothes you can sell online - beige overalls with color block tee and sneakers and mustard yellow newbody cap and lavender-colored backpack An example of the types of clothes you can sell online - Levi's jeans, red sweatshirt, high top sneakers, graphic t-shirt and wide-brimmed Western hat

Keep It or Sell It?

For everything else, start trying things on! Make sure you LOVE the way it fits and that you’re still excited about wearing it. Do you have similar pieces that you wear more often? It may be time to sell it!

Girl with brown hair sitting on bed holding up a blouse as she packs up clothing into a bag to sell clothes online

How to Decide to Sell Clothes Online or Donate Locally

As you pack up your bag, give everything a once-over to make sure it’s still in spic-and-span condition. Before our Sell By Mail team buys an item in, they look it over closely for spots, unintentional holes, pilling, fading, broken zippers, missing buttons, so pull anything out that’s not in excellent condition and put it into a bag to donate to a local non-profit.

Buffalo Exchange Sell By Mail bag in front of yellow door with potted plants - the owner of this home is ready to sell clothes online

Ready to Ship!

Once your bag is all packed up, drop it off at the U.S.store. Pro tip: Sign up for text message alerts to find out when your kit’s on the way, when your bag has been received and when we’re all done looking through your cleanout.

Sell Clothes Online bag and info sheet with snakeskin booties, orange earrings, beige sweater, burgundy shirt and Rayban sunglasses

Sell By Mail takes the best of all seasons, year-round, so feel free to send in fantastic pieces for warm and cold weather alike. There are a few things we’re unable to purchase, though – children’s clothing and accessories, swimwear, maternity, intimates and undergarments, sleepwear, counterfeits, fur, bridal wear or pieces from more affordable department stores like Walmart, Kmart, Kohl’s, Sears or JCPenney. We’re also unable to take home goods like sheets and towels.

Girl holding a pile of clothing at Clothing for the Community $1 Sale A large number of people shopping at a Clothing for the Community $1 Sale

Feel Even Better About Your Cleanout! 

While you can opt to have any items Buffalo Exchange is unable to buy returned to you for a $14.99 shipping fee, most Sell By Mailers choose to donate their unpurchased clothing and accessories to Buffalo Exchange’s Clothing for the Community program. Through this program, Southern Arizona non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations can apply to receive large clothing donations. Charities can use this donation of clothing and accessories to generate money for their organization by hosting a $1 Sale. We’re ready to coach charities through this process by providing support, advice, local promotion and, of course, the inventory. Variations of this program have raised $57,266 since 2015.

Sell Clothes Online Envelope with stack of women's clothing on bed

The Buffalo Exchange experience goes beyond the walls of our stores. Our Sell By Mail program brings selling options straight to your home so you can quickly and easily sell clothes online, do good for the community and get paid for cleaning out your closet. Win, win and win. After all that, we think you deserve a shopping spree… ready to give it a try? Request your prepaid shipping bag today!


Bethany Easterling: Style profile

Shopping Sustainably with Bethany Easterling

By Marcella Willden; Photography by Audrey Easterling

Based out of Dallas, Bethany Easterling is a long-time Buffalo Exchange shopper. Go figure since she’s passionate about both fashion and sustainability! Bethany’s forward-looking lifestyle and impeccable sense of fashion are just a few reasons we are totally obsessed with her. Read ahead to find out more about her take on personal style and why she loves shopping secondhand.

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Buffalo Exchange Clothing for the Community $1 Sale In Tucson

Shop, Save and Fundraise at a Clothing for the Community® $1 Sale!

TUCSON! Shop, save and fundraise at an upcoming Clothing for the Community® $1 sale! Update your wardrobe with a fantastic selection of clothing & accessories for JUST $1 apiece while supporting a great local non-profit. Through our new Clothing for the Community® program, Southern Arizona non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations can apply to receive large clothing donations from Buffalo Exchange’s Sell By Mail program. Charities can then use this donation of clothing and accessories to generate money for their organization by hosting a $1 Sale. Variations of this program have raised $57,266 since 2015 and we look forward to even more charities and organizations benefiting from these donations.

Check back soon for upcoming sales!


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 $803,000 for thousands of local charities since 1994, saving over 16.06 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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Way Out West: Meet Buffalo Exchange Austin Store Manager Lucy

Ever wanted to know more about the amazing people that make up Buffalo Exchange? Recently, we caught up with Lucy Abare, Store Manager at Buffalo Exchange Austin, to ask her a few questions about how she got started at Buffalo Exchange and what the job means to her!

What led you to apply at Buffalo?

I was new to Austin and loved fashion. Walking into Buffalo Exchange for the first time was exciting because it gave me a feel for my new neighborhood and community. I remember feeling like this was a place I could see myself working. While waiting to sell clothes one day I decided to fill out an application. 

What position did you start out in?

I started as a part-time Buyer and just immersed myself in the clothing and the culture. I loved the job and gave it my all every day. About a year into the job, a management position opened up and my manager asked me to apply. I didn’t think I was the person they needed for the job, but they were confident I would be good at it. Six years later, here we are! I’m so glad they believed in me and gave me the push to try something new.

What do you like best about the job?

Every Buffalo Exchange store is so connected to its local community. I love getting to meet all of our customers – especially new people that I wouldn’t meet in my own social circles. The job really broadened my horizons in that way.

How do you think your employees would describe the environment at your store?

Supportive and fun. The environment is also one of endless curiosity – employees want to learn more and are always working to do so. I really encourage them to try new things and be okay with mistakes so long as they learn from them. I also love coaching and being a team leader because I’m able to motivate my staff every day to learn more and improve. 

What kind of skills do you think you’ve picked up along the way?

I’ve learned a lot over the years, but the most valuable thing I’ve picked up is people skills – how to build authentic relationships with people. Buffalo Exchange places a lot of emphasis on transparency and honest communication.

What is your impression of Buffalo Exchange as a company?

The things Buffalo Exchange values are the things that I value in my personal life – giving back to the community and giving back to the environment. I think that the way Buffalo Exchange values people and our world is so important. It allows us to be collectively sustainable and to grow as we move forward.

Does working at Buffalo Exchange sound like the job for you? You’re in luck because we’re hiring at locations across the country! Your love for fashion, sustainability and working with people could be the perfect fit. Learn more about our open positions, then apply online or stop into your local Buffalo Exchange – we’d love to meet you in person!


Sedona Band Photographed by Katherine Bonnie

Meet Sedona – One of Brooklyn’s Bands to Watch

By Katherine Bonnie & Aarian Frye, Photography by Katherine Bonnie

Sedona, band in vintage nightgowns, photographed by Katherine Bonnie

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.

Sedona, band seated for portrait, photographed by Katherine Bonnie

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!


Meet NYC Creative Paris Warren

By Savy Kroop, Photography by Tracy Awino (@narnah)

We recently had the chance to chat with Paris Warren, a longtime Buffalo Exchange shopper and creative freelancer based in New York. In his professional life, he enjoys wearing a number of hats – from stylist to fashion director to magazine editor and more! This approach applies to his personal style as well – “I’m open to wearing anything,” he says. He describes his style as eclectic and loves shopping for unique pieces at Buffalo.

Be True to Who You Are

On a day-to-day basis, Paris takes inspiration from the people on the streets of New York and admires well-thought out looks with attention to detail. “It never gets old,” he says of NY street style. He believes in pushing the limits of personal style without sacrificing comfort. “Be true to who you are,” he advises, “and let that resonate with what you wear.”

The Paris Warren Essentials

For summer (especially in humid NYC), Paris’ ideal look consists of biker shorts and a graphic tee – basically something easy and breezy to throw on. He’s all about the layering, though, so he personally can’t wait for fall and winter to come back around. This season, he’ll be frequenting one of NY’s six Buffalo Exchange stores in search of faux fur jackets in a variety of fun colors.

One Person’s Closet Cleanout is Another’s Treasure

Paris loves wearing pieces from independent designers as well as secondhand finds from places like Buffalo. “A lot of people don’t know anything about Buffalo Exchange,” he says, “but they should take the opportunity. The staff is really nice and goes above and beyond. There’s also a lot of versatility that you don’t see elsewhere and high quality products. They don’t just buy anything – the selection is curated.” His favorite Buffalo find of all time? A vintage Christian Dior jacket that he scored at Buffalo Exchange Houston. “I don’t only look for high-end brands,” he says, “but it’s pretty amazing when you can find a deal like that.”

However you choose to express your personal style, take it from fashion enthusiast Paris Warren: shopping secondhand is the way to go! Grab your cleanout and head to your local Buffalo Exchange to trade it in and shop for some new-to-you finds – you might score the likes of a vintage designer jacket or even just the perfect pair of jeans.


New Giving Back Initiative: Clothing for the Community®

By Savy Kroop

Drumroll, please… we’re happy to announce our latest giving back initiative – Clothing for the Community®! Through this new program, a wide variety of Southern Arizona non-profits can receive large donations of clothing and accessories from our Sell By Mail department to help them fundraise and do even more awesome work in community.

How Clothing for the Community Works

Essentially, non-profits can use these items to host a fundraising $1 sale. Here at Buffalo, we’ll coach them through the process by providing support, advice, local promotion and, of course, a lot of $1 clothing and accessories to sell. Are you a Tucson-area 501(c)(3) non-profit? Send us an email at PR@BufEx.com to let us know you’re interested in becoming a beneficiary!

The first non-profit to benefit from Clothing for the Community® is Ben’s Bells, an organization that teaches individuals and communities about the positive impact of intentional kindness. Shop, save and fundraise for this great cause during their $1 Sale on Saturday, July 20 at 40 W Broadway Blvd. The sale starts at 8am and is cash only.

Making Sure That No Clothing Goes to Waste

At Buffalo Exchange, recycling is the name of the game and it’s always been part of our mission to make sure that no clothing goes to waste. That’s why we give customers the chance to donate the items we’re unable to buy to local non-profits at many of our stores and also why we send any items that don’t sell to our outlets in Nogales, AZ and San Antonio, TX before donating them. This Clothing for the Community® program is just one more way to give clothing a second life and support local non-profits in any we can.

Over the past 45 years, we’ve spearheaded a variety of giving back initiatives. Through our annual Earth Day $1 Day Sale, we’ve raised over $717,900 since 1997 for non-profits like The 5 Gyres Institute and The Humane Society of the United States. We also run a Tokens for Bags® program in which we give customers charity tokens with each purchase instead of plastic bags. Yes, you heard it right – you can give back to your community just by shopping at your local Buffalo. Since launching Tokens for Bags in 1994, we’ve kept more than 15.5 million plastic bags out of the environment and raised $778,660 for local charities. Find out more at BuffaloExchange.com/GivingBack!


Buffalo Exchange Happy Mother's Day Personal Style

I Got It From My Mama: How I Discovered My Personal Style

By Savy Kroop

I wish this wasn’t such a corny cliché, but yes, I will happily call my mom my best friend. Her optimistic and confident personality has made me the way I am today. She is the most open-minded person I know and believes wholeheartedly in being your own person. Her view on individualism has created what she jokingly calls a “brat” who knows what she wants (i.e. me). From a young age, I started experimenting with my personal style and my mom let me wear whatever I wanted. From hairstyles to clothes to friends, she let me choose my own path and express myself the way I wanted. And yes, I blame her for every horrible fashion choice I made.

Buffalo Exchange Mother's Day White Cowboy Boots

These Boots Were Made For Never Taking Off

Some kids had a favorite blanket, teddy bear or doll. Not me! I had my favorite boots. They were white Western boots that, in my mind, went with everything (even my Easter Sunday dress). My grandma constantly would try to get my mom to a) brush my hair and b) “take those dang cowboy boots off!” My mom would reply with something along the lines of, “Just let her be herself.” Of course, I don’t remember much of this. I will say, however, that I currently have a new pair of white cowboy boots that I wear regularly. Coincidence? I think not.

Buffalo Exchange Mother's Day White Cowboy Boots

WHY2k Did You Let Me Wear This?

The white cowboy boot story may be cute, but as I got older and continued to express myself through my personal style, my fashion journey took on a slightly more embarrassing tone. BUT I think we can all agree that we made questionable fashion choices in the early 2000s, right? At that time, I started becoming obsessed with brands, logos and shopping at the mall. It started with Limited Too and then progressed to wanting an exclusively Hollister-filled wardrobe. My mom was not too thrilled about shopping at these stores because, well, they were more expensive than the secondhand stores we used to shop at before my mall-brat phase. However, she was patient with me and let me shop the Hollister sale section and even buy the occasional full-price pair of jeans!

Buffalo Exchange Mother's Day Personal Style

New Style, Who Dis?

My mom’s patience paid off in the end though, because when I got to high-school, I discovered thrift shopping for myself. I realized it was a great way to find unique pieces that no one else had. My mom went from being reluctant to go shopping with me to being excited! She knew that I was still figuring out my personal style and thrift shopping was a great way for me to discover what it was (and on a budget, too!). Shopping secondhand allowed me to try out a wide variety of styles and trends, from boho/beach babe to Instagram-coffee-shop hipster to punk chick, all the way to who I am today! I discovered my personal style on my own, but I owe it to my mom for encouraging me to follow my own path and giving me the freedom to do so.

In the midst of switching up your own personal style? I recommend stopping by your local Buffalo Exchange to find new-to-you pieces that totally speak to your sense of style. Better yet, bring in your closet cleanout and you you could take home 30% back in cash or 50% in trade to spruce up your wardrobe. P.S. Need a fun Mom’s Day idea? Go resale shopping! You and your mom will both find something you love.