Hey, Boston guys! It’s officially summer, and that means it’s time for a fresh look. If your closet is filled with things you just aren’t wearing, sell your clothes and trade them in for some new finds at Buffalo Exchange Boston! Now through August 31st, sell us at least 5 menswear items for your chance to score a $5 off coupon, good for purchases of $25 or more. We’re currently buying closet staples like cool tees, button-downs, jeans, shorts and more — but we always buy the best of all seasons! And don’t forget, we also buy shoes and accessories like hats and watches. To schedule your appointment to sell, give Buffalo Exchange Boston (Somerville) a call at 617-629-5383 or our Brookline location at 617-779-7901!
Shopping at Buffalo Exchange is always a great deal, and now you can save even more during Tax Savings weekends in select states this July and August! Shop for back to school staples like jeans and tees, current trends and fall favorites like sweaters, boots and more for less than your wallet will thank you! Overdue for a wardrobe rehaul? While you’re here, make an appointment to sell your closet cleanout — you could receive 25% of our selling price back in cash or 50% in trade to put towards your new-to-you fall look. Check out all the locations in states with Tax Savings weekends below:
Buffalo Exchange Nashville
New Mexico: 8/6-8/8
Buffalo Exchange Albuquerque
Buffalo Exchange Kansas City
Buffalo Exchange Richmond
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.”
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 Clothing for the Community® program, Southern Arizona non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations can apply to receive large clothing donations from Buffalo Exchange. 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 $80,800 since 2015.
Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona $1 Clothing Sale
Date: Friday, August 13th
Time: 7am-11am (while supplies last)
Location: Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona (4300 E Broadway Blvd)
Payments Accepted: Cash and card (for purchases $10 and up)
Hey Tucson, the time has finally come for the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona $1 Sale! On Friday, August 13th, shop an awesome selection of adult/teen clothing, shoes and accessories while showing your support for our local Girl Scout troops at 4300 E Broadway Blvd. The sale starts bright and early at 7am and $1 items go quickly, so make sure to get there early with cash or card in hand! 100% of the proceeds will go to Girls Scouts of Southern Arizona to keep providing leadership experiences to the girls in our community.
Humane Society of Southern Arizona $1 Clothing Sale
Date: Sunday, September 5th
Time: 9am-1pm (while supplies last)
Location: 1010 S Wilmot Rd (HSSA Thrift Store)
Payments Accepted: Cash and card
Support the shelter animals of the Humane Society of Southern Arizona! HSSA will be hosting a fundraising $1 sale at their main campus (635 W Roger Rd) on Saturday, September 4th starting at 9am. Shop a selection of clothing and accessories while helping out a great cause – 100% of the proceeds will benefit the HSSA and the pets they serve. Be sure to get there early as items go quickly!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Arizona $1 Clothing Sale
Date: Friday, October 1st
Time: 9am-1pm (while supplies last)
Location: Trinity Presbyterian Church (400 E University Blvd)
Payments Accepted: Cash only
Tucson, help support the youth of our community and enjoy some shopping at the Big Brothers Big Sisters $1 Clothing Sale! On Friday, October 1st, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Arizona will host a $1 Sale at Trinity Presbyterian Church (400 E. University Blvd). This sale features men’s and women’s clothing, shoes and accessories for just $1 apiece, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters. This is a CASH ONLY sale, so be sure to stop by the ATM before you arrive!
Stay tuned for more $1 sales this fall!
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.”
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.
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.
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!
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!
Whales, nature documentaries, trying not to kill my lemon tree.
I had only shopped at Buffalo once before deciding to apply — and I’m happy I did!
“Don’t take yourself too seriously, but take other people seriously.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
I la la love spring! Flowers blooming, the sun peeking out from the snow and the perfect time to try something new. Read on for some of the trends we’re most excited about adding to our closets this spring.
Patchwork & Knitwear
Hey Buffaloes! Hop in my time machine because we’re going back in time. Back to the 70s that is! Disco music is playing faintly in the background, incense is wafting toward you, and polaroids are all the rage (oh wait….. that’s still happening!) Now that we’re here, might as well take advantage of colorful patchwork. These fabrics are so fun to wear and to see! Pair with a monochrome bag and shoes to make this statement item pop even more!
To seam or not to seam, that is the question! And the answer is yes! Whether a pronounced seam on a 70s polo, a seamed top or lettuce hem, there’s no wrong way to wear this trend. Speaking of lettuce hems, did you know that they were created by Black fashion designer Stephen Burrows in the 1970s? Supposedly, he was inspired by Diana Vreeland, former Vogue Editor in Chief, who asked for a lettuce-colored clothing item.
Bye Bye Bye, Skinny Jeans!
Relaxed-fit trousers are as versatile as they are comfortable.To complete the look, add a pair of your favorite sneakers and step confidently into this spring trend.
Lace & Mesh & Fishnets
Also known as sugar and spice and everything nice. Moving on from warm layers but still want to rock multiple pieces? These are your best layering friend.
InVEST In Your Wardrobe
This spring, the VEST is yet to come. Say hello to the most delightfully unexpected spring trend: sweater vests!
The Feeling Is Neutral
Neutrals for spring may not be groundbreaking, but they are certainly a closet staple! Layer simple separates together for a chic, easy-to-wear look that goes with every occasion.
Nothing goes better together than a matching set. Double up your denim or bleach dye your favorite jeans and tee to match!
Closet rotation: in progress. If you’re feeling inspired to shop, stop by your local Buffalo, where fashion’s a thrill, not a bill! All of our stores are stocked with trends like these, plus everyday staples, vintage, designer and one-of-a-kind finds that’ll have you saying, “You’re coming home with me!”. If you’re also spring cleaning your closet, book an appointment to sell it at Buffalo before you go.
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.
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.
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.
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.