Save the date! Buffalo Exchange Bellingham and our neighbors at Makeworth Market are joining forces on Saturday, September 28th for a special Sip and Shop event. We’ll be staying open an extra TWO hours until 9pm for shopping (the buy counter will close at normal hours at 7pm). Get your wardrobe ready for cooler temps by stocking up on fall essentials like fuzzy jackets, cozy sweaters, fall accessories like scarves and your new favorite pair of boots! Before you head home, be sure to stop by Makeworth Market for live music (from 6-8pm) and 10% off delicious coffee and snacks with a Buffalo Exchange receipt! After coffee and treats, hold on to your Makeworth receipt, show it to a Buffalo Exchange employee that same day and you’ll receive $5 off your next purchase at Buffalo Exchange – we hope you can make it!
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 $40,591 since 2015 and we look forward to even more charities and organizations benefiting from these donations. Read on to find out about $1 sales coming up soon!
Saturday, September 28
Habitat for Humanity Tucson $1 Sale
On Saturday, September 28, Habitat for Humanity Tucson will be hosting a fundraising $1 Sale at the Tucson HabiStore (935 W Grant Road). The sale starts at 9am and $1 items go quickly, so get there early to support an amazing cause while shopping a fantastic selection of clothing and accessories! 100% of the proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity Tucson, an organization that works on the affordable housing crisis in our community. Let your friends know about this sale by RSVP’ing on Facebook!
Date: Saturday, September 28th
Time: 9am-1pm (while supplies last)
Location: Tucson Habistore – 935 W Grant Road
Saturday, October 5
All Souls Procession $1 Sale
On Saturday, October 5, Buffalo Exchange Tucson (2001 E Speedway Blvd) will be hosting a fundraising $1 Sale to benefit the All Souls Procession. The sale starts at 10am and $1 items go quickly, so get there early to support the All Souls Procession while shopping a fantastic selection of clothing and accessories! 100% of the proceeds will go to Many Mouths, One Stomach, a collective that works to put on this inspiring event each year. Let your friends know about this sale by RSVP’ing on Facebook!
Date: Saturday, October 5
Time: 10am-1pm (while supplies last)
Location: Buffalo Exchange Tucson (2001 E Speedway Blvd)
Sunday, October 20
Humane Society of Southern Arizona $1 Sale
On Sunday, October 20, The Humane Society of Southern Arizona will be hosting a fundraising $1 Sale at 635 W Roger Rd. The sale starts at 9am and $1 items go quickly, so get there early – 100% of the proceeds will benefit HSSA and the pets they serve. BONUS: You can pay with cash OR card!
Date: Saturday, October 5
Time: 9am-1pm (while supplies last)
Location: Humane Society of Southern Arizona Main Campus (635 W. Roger Rd.)
Friday, November 8
Big Brothers, Big Sisters $1 Sale
On Friday, November 8, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Arizona will be hosting a fundraising $1 Sale at Trinity Presbyterian Church (400 E. University Blvd.). The sale starts at 9am and $1 items go quickly, so get there early to support this fantastic cause. 100% of the proceeds will benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters. Sale is CASH ONLY.
Date: Saturday, October 5
Time: 9am-12pm (while supplies last)
Location: Trinity Presbyterian Church (400 E. University Blvd.)
Saturday, January 11
Presidio School $1 Sale
On Saturday, January 11, Presidio School will be hosting a fundraising $1 Sale at 1695 E Fort Lowell Blvd. 100% of the proceeds will go to this award-winning non-profit school’s efforts to close the achievement gap.
Date: Saturday, January 11
Time: 9am-1pm (while supplies last)
Location: Presidio School (1695 E Fort Lowell Blvd)
Hey Tucson! This year marks the 30th Annual All Souls Procession and, to celebrate, Buffalo Exchange is having another $1 sale at our Tucson location (2001 E Speedway). Come join us on Saturday, October 5th to shop a selection of men’s and women’s clothing for ONLY $1 APIECE! All proceeds from the sale will benefit the All Souls Procession, coming up on November 2 & 3. The sale is CASH ONLY and goes from 10am-1pm (while supplies last!), so be sure to hit the ATM ahead of time and get there early. Don’t miss your chance to support this one-of-a-kind community event while scoring amazing deals. See you there!
Date: Saturday, October 5th
Time: 10am-1pm, while supplies last!
Location: Buffalo Exchange Tucson (2001 E Speedway Blvd.)
Hey, Chicago! Have you gotten the chance to check out our newest location in Andersonville? Visit us at 5252 N Clark St this September for our Bring a Buddy event! From September 16th-22nd, we’ll give you a $5 coupon towards your next purchase when you bring in a friend to sell your closet cleanouts together. We’re buying for fall and the best of all seasons and your closet cleanout could be worth cash or trade to spend on a new look just in time for the cooler weather. We can’t wait to see you there!
Hey, Nashville! Rise, shine and brew yourself a cup of coffee because Buffalo Exchange Nashville is extending their hours! Starting on Monday, September 2nd, Buffalo Exchange Nashville will be opening their doors an hour earlier at 10 am for you to shop new-to-you pieces. PLUS we’re now buying for fall, so get a head start on selling your closet cleanout today!
By Katherine Bonnie & Aarian Frye, Photography 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 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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
By Jessica Pruitt
Drumroll, please…the final numbers are in! To all of you who stopped by our annual Earth Day $1 Day Sale on Saturday, April 20, we want to say a HUGE THANK YOU for helping us raise $52,628 for the Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Rescue Team! WOW! That’s the most money we’ve EVER raised from a $1 Day Sale. It’s also a whole lot of happy animals! We couldn’t have done it without you.
Teaming Up with the Animal Rescue Team
Every year, we hold an Earth Day $1 Day Sale on the Saturday closest to Earth Day at all of our stores (except outlets) and donate 100% of the proceeds to a deserving non-profit. This year, we teamed up with the HSUS’ Animal Rescue Team to help out animals in need!
Not only does the Animal Rescue Team save animals from abusive conditions like animal fighting operations and puppy mills – they recently rescued 84 Great Danes from an abusive breeder in New Hampshire – but they are also ready to deploy at a moment’s notice to help animals during natural disasters. During the 2017 hurricane season, the Animal Rescue Team helped more than 2,000 animals following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. They do this by developing pet-friendly evacuation plans, moving pets out of harm’s way before a storm and performing emergency field rescues when needed.
Coats for Cubs
Thank you to everyone who donated their fur to our Coats for Cubs program as well! Every year from January 1 through Earth Day, we invite customers to drop off fur coats they no longer want at any of our stores and let us know they’re a donation to Coats for Cubs. We then ship them off the wildlife rehabilitators across the US, who use them to provide comfort to orphaned and injured wildlife. The rehabbers say that this speeds up their healing process. This year, we collected 2,002 furs, another record-breaking amount! Since taking this initiative over from The Humane Society in 2006, we have collected and distributed more than 15,108 furs.
Since starting the Earth Day $1 Day Sale in 1997, we’ve raised over $717,900 for a variety of different charities – and we couldn’t have done it without your help! Whether you’ve been to every $1 sale for the last 20 years or you’ve never been to one before, put it on your list for next year! Remember the special selection of $1 items goes quickly and that the sale is cash only. See you next April! Want to give back in the meantime? Just stop by your local Buffalo Exchange. Through our Tokens for Bags® program, we give out charity tokens instead of bags with each purchase that you can donate to one of three local non-profits!