Buffalo Exchange 6 Tips to Clean Out & Earn Cash for Clothes You Don't Wear

6 Tips to Clean Out & Earn Cash for Clothes You Don’t Wear

By Jessica Pruitt, Buffalo Exchange HQ

So you’ve read Marie Kondo’s book on cleaning out, you’ve made several trips to The Container Store and you’ve spent a whole lot of time visualizing a clean, organized closet. And yet…you’re still stuck with a pile of clothes on the floor. We get it. That’s why we’ve compiled our favorite tips for cleaning out your closet and earning cash for clothes you just don’t wear anymore.  Read on to set yourself up for some major wardrobe wins!

Clean Out Seasonally

Buffalo Exchange Clean Out Seasonally Earn Cash for Clothes Gingham Shorts and Sandals

To prevent your cleanout from being overwhelming, go through your closet once per season (every 3-6 months, depending on what works for you). When you do, start by pulling out all of the out-of-season pieces. Store the ones you think you’ll wear next year and pack up the rest in a bag to sell. Resale stores like Buffalo Exchange always buy the best of all seasons, so even if the weather’s warming up, you may still be able to sell the fantastic down jacket that’s just not your color.

Create a Special Section in Your Closet

Buffalo Exchange Special Section in Closet for Vintage Earn Cash for Clothes

I don’t know about you, but I always have a hard time figuring out what to do with sentimental pieces, party dresses and one-of-a-kind vintage. I hardly wear these items and honestly get tired of looking at them, so I’m tempted to sell them every time I clean out. On the other hand, I can’t bear to part with unique pieces that I may never see again.

The solution? Give them their own special section in your closet! This’ll make it a whole lot easier to get dressed each morning. Plus, when you want to switch up your standard wardrobe, you’ll have a whole section of pieces that feel new and exciting to throw on. If you end up finding that you’re still not wearing these items, keep in mind that Buffalo Exchange loves to buy vintage and one-of-a-kind finds.

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Buffalo Exchange Spring Summer 2018 Zine

Take a Peek Into Our Spring/Summer Zine!

By Jessica Pruitt, Buffalo Exchange HQ

April showers bring May flowers…and our spring/summer zine! For this edition, we share 3 new approaches to spring closet cleaning, feature some of our favorite trends for the season (hint: 90s and 00s are making the cut) and see some amazing style from Buffalo Exchange stores across the country – enjoy a Pastel Daydream at Buffalo Exchange San Diego and a Retro Revival at Buffalo Exchange Atlanta.  Then, find out what some of our favorite Instagram style stars love about shopping at Buffalo Exchange and 2 personal stylists’ tips for shopping resale. Stop by your local Buffalo Exchange to pick up a free copy of the zine or read it online!

Pastel Daydream

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Cool off with these ice cream-inspired looks! Straight from sunny California, photographer Monique Woolley brings us pastel styles in lavender, mint and peach that play with fun patterns, silhouettes and textures. Special thanks to Moosie’s Ice Cream in San Diego. Makeup by Jenn Liptak, modeling by Stacy Cosman, Raquel Woolley and Almira Staleva.

Retro Revival

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This summer, we’re loving looks that take us back to simpler times. Photographer Ryan Naru brings on the retro at Buffalo Exchange Atlanta! Modeling by Daija Thomasson, Natalia Diaz and Cassidy Hayes.

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Buffalo Exchange NYC East Village Pastel Goth Style Blog

Style Spotlight: Pastel Goth at Buffalo Exchange NYC

By Savannah Timpani; Photo from Buffalo Exchange NYC East Village

Here at Buffalo Exchange NYC East Village, we love pretty much every style you can think of – including a full range of gothic looks. Buyer Eve Williams shows us her take on pastel goth, from all-pink-everything to an oh-so-nostalgic My Little Pony dress. Read on to peek some of her favorite looks!

What is Pastel Goth?

Pastel goth takes modern goth elements and adds a certain softness with sheer fabrics and fun colors like lavender and pink. Statement shoes and playful accessories are key!

Buffalo Exchange NYC East Village Pastel Goth Style Telephone Purse Pink Outfit

Buffalo Exchange NYC East Village Pastel Goth Style My LIttle Pony Dress Pink Outfit

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Buffalo Exchange Sherman Oaks Talking 'Bout My Generation: Retro Fashion Through the Decades

Talking ‘Bout My Generation: Retro Fashion Through the Decades

By Buffalo Exchange Sherman Oaks; Photography by Saeli Eshelman

These days, retro fashion is dominating the scene. Whether you’re into 60s space age, 70s rock and roll or 90s nostalgia, chances are you’re making a nod to styles past. The coolest part? These throwback looks feel both classic and completely fresh. Buffalo Exchange Sherman Oaks walks us through the decades, one outfit at a time.

Silhouettes of the 60s

Buffalo Exchange Sherman Oaks Retro Fashion 60s A-Line

During the sixties, space-age trends were hugely popular and are credited for the birth of boxy, structured A-line silhouettes. For a classic take on the decade, we styled a drop waist, mock neck dress with basic, low block heels. This is one of the main styles made popular by mod icons like Twiggy. For a more modern version, we paired a denim jumper in a classic silhouette with velvet ankle booties.

Buffalo Exchange Sherman Oaks 60s Modern Retro Fashion Denim Jumper

Far Out Retro Fashion

Buffalo Exchange Sherman Oaks 70s Retro Fashion

The seventies saw tons of styles inspired by our favorite musicians, with band tees and bell bottoms taking center stage. Did you know these styles made way for the modern T-shirt and jeans look? For a classic take on the 70s, we paired a fringed-up band tee with bell flares and boots. Talk about retro fashion at its coolest. Then, to move it into the modern day, we tried out a suede fringed skirt with a distressed Guns N’ Roses tee and buckled boots.

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Buffalo Exchange DIY Bag

DIY Bag: Turn Your T-Shirt Into a Reusable Tote!

By Savannah Timpani, Buffalo Exchange HQ

At Buffalo Exchange, we’re all about recycling our clothing and accessories – whether that means trading in our closet cleanout for cash or store credit or repurposing a T-shirt into a fun DIY bag! For an environmental win-win, take a T-shirt you no longer wear and turn it into a reusable tote bag to carry with you when you go shopping. This is the EASIEST DIY EVER, so why not make one this weekend? You can bring it to our Earth Day $1 Day Sale on Saturday, April 21 to carry home all your $1 finds!

What You’ll Need for Your DIY Bag

 

Buffalo Exchange DIY Bag Supplies

To make your DIY bag, all you’ll need is a tee of your choosing and some scissors. Did we mention this is the easiest DIY ever?

Step 1: Snip, Snip

Buffalo Exchange DIY Bag Step 1

Once you have your tee and scissors, you’re ready to get snipping! Start by cutting off the sleeves, including the seam, on each side.

Buffalo Exchange DIY Bag Cut Off Neckline

Next, cut off the neckline, including the seam. Keep in mind that, the lower you cut, the deeper the opening of your bag will be.

Step 2: Fringe It Out

Buffalo Exchange DIY Bag Cut Off Bottom Seam

Now that you have what looks like a rad tank, cut the bottom of the shirt horizontally along the seam.

Buffalo Exchange DIY Bag Add Fringe

Next, cut some slits vertically about 2-3 inches long and 1-2 inches apart all along the bottom. When you’re done, it should look like a fringey tank.

Step 3: Tie It Up

Buffalo Exchange DIY Bag Tie It Up Step 3

Onto the last step! Tie each piece of fringe with a double overhand knot and VOILA, the perfect tote bag! Extra style points for adding your favorite pins or patches.

Buffalo Exchange DIY Bag Finished Product

In case you didn’t know, Buffalo Exchange is a bagless company. This means that, instead of handing out plastic bags, we hand out charity tokens with each purchase. Fun fact: we’ve donated over $728,595 to thousands of local non-profits and kept over 14.5 million plastic bags from polluting the environment since starting our Tokens for Bags program in 1994. So next time you stop in to shop at your local Buffalo, bring your reusable DIY bag!







Buffalo Exchange Closet Challenge

The 5 Day Closet Challenge

By Jessica Pruitt, Buffalo Exchange HQ

When it comes to cleaning out your closet, there are easy wins and not-so-easy wins. I can usually stand to part with jeans that feel too tight, but what about those pieces that fit well and are actually kind of cute? You know, the ones you feel bad about never wearing? If you’re trying to wrap your head around how to clean out your closet this spring, try wearing one item you’re on the fence about for 5 days straight. To keep or to sell – that is the question!

Lessons In Overalls: Trust Your Instincts

Buffalo Exchange Jessica Overalls

For the first day of my closet challenge, I decided on a pair of flared Zara overalls. When I got them, they were a prized find, but over the past year, I’ve had trouble wearing them more than a couple of times. I received several compliments on them over the course of the day and even felt pretty cute, but the outfit just didn’t feel right. Though it wasn’t the easiest decision, these went in the “Sell” bag. Lesson #1: Even if everyone else tells you an item is cute, what really matters is how you feel in it. Trust your instincts!

How to Clean Out Your Closet by Going Shopping

On day 1 of my closet challenge, before I’d actually gotten rid of anything, I did the taboo…I went shopping. In my defense, though, it’s the perfect way to kick off a cleanout! Having some fresh new finds that you can’t wait to wear makes it a lot easier to part with those pieces you’re just not loving anymore.

Plus, it opens up a whole new world of styling options. For day 2 of my challenge, I chose an off-the-shoulder baby blue blouse. Every time I had tried styling this blouse, it looked strangely formal. Enter a new pair of pom pom shoes and military-style pants from Buffalo Exchange Phoenix. Outfit perfection!

Buffalo Exchange Jessica Style

I had similar success on day 3 by pairing a new flared sleeve Free People blouse with wide-legged Madewell pants I wasn’t so sure about anymore. And how about the raw-hemmed Anthropologie jeans I wore on day 4? Some new faux-furry slides did the trick!

Buffalo Exchange Jessica Outfits

Lesson #2: Before you clean out, go shopping and try styling those hard-to-wear pieces with your new finds. You might come up with some new go-to looks! For everything that you’re still not loving, it’s time to let it go.

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“EARTH DAY $1 SALE AT BUFFALO EXCHANGE” BY LOLLIE SHOPPING

Lollie Shopping featured Buffalo Exchange in an article titled “Earth Day $1 Sale at Buffalo Exchange” on 3/29/2018. ” I write about it every year—the $1 Earth Day sale at Buffalo Exchange. It’s the kind of sale that makes it worth getting up early, standing in line, and digging through piles of resale fashion. It’s also a great opportunity to get into the spirit of Earth Day and make a contribution. The Buffalo Exchange Earth Day $1 Sale happens April 21st at stores nationwide (excluding outlets).”


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Keepin’ It Culotte: How to Wear Culottes This Spring

By Amelia Gotobed, Buffalo Exchange HQ

Over the past few seasons, we’ve seen a dramatic spread of pants styles, from wide-legged trousers to high waisted skinny jeans and, of course, culottes. Cropped pants continue to be popular as we move into spring – and with good reason! Roomy and structured, they keep you comfy while giving you a sophisticated silhouette. Plus, they just so happen to be extremely versatile – read on to find out how to wear culottes three different ways!

Geometry 101

Buffalo Exchange, HQ, How to Wear Culottes, Clashing patterns

With this look, we kept it simple by sticking to black and white with rose gold accents. Grid prints are another popular geometric pattern that have been spotted everywhere, so why not add them to the mix? Since the top is mostly black and the bottoms are mostly white, it doesn’t overwhelm the eyes! To keep with the geometric theme, we picked a statement circle necklace – as you can see, we pretty much covered all the basic shapes in one outfit.  If you want to shake the monochromatic look just a little, swap out the white tassel earrings for a pair with multicolored fringe.

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“GET CLOTHES FOR JUST $1 AT ONE OF THE BEST THRIFT STORES IN NYC NEXT MONTH” BY TIME OUT NEW YORK

Time Out New York featured Buffalo Exchange in an article titled “Get clothes for just $1 at one of the best thrift stores in NYC next month” on 3/27/18.  “That’s why when one of the best thrift stores in New York hosts its annual Earth Day sale, at which pre-worn duds are marked a buck apiece, we freak out. Bargain lovers and patrons of Buffalo Exchange, pencil this date in your calendar. The thrift chain’s $1 blowout returns Saturday, April 21.”


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Get to Know a Buffalo: Meet Kaylee!

By Aarian Frye, Buffalo Exchange Headquarters; Photos from Buffalo Exchange Chicago (Wicker Park)

We stopped by Buffalo Exchange Wicker Park to meet Kaylee, a Buyer-turned-Associate Manager who’s been with the company for over two years. We wanted to get a glimpse of her life, find out what she loves about working for Buffalo and, of course, ask her about her favorite wardrobe item (SPOILER ALERT: it’s this kick-butt All Saints Balfern leather jacket!)

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Kaylee moved to Chicago three years ago with her beloved fur baby, a cat named Egg. When she’s not working at Buffalo Exchange Wicker Park, Kaylee is a fashion student at Columbia College Chicago, where she hopes to pursue visual merchandising, styling and art direction.

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When we asked her what she loves most about working at Buffalo, Kaylee says that, “Every day is different. I get to meet a lot of different people with different styles that I draw inspiration from for my own work in fashion. It has also lead me to being more experimental with my style.”

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If becoming a buyer like Kaylee sounds like the career path for you, you’re in luck – we’re looking for friendly, fashion-driven folks to join the Herd at locations across the country! Come down to your local Buffalo Exchange or  apply online today.