Now announcing our 2019 Coats for Cubs drive! From January 2 to April 22, you can donate your real fur coats and trimmings at any Buffalo Exchange location. All collected furs will be sent to wildlife rehabilitators, where they are repurposed into bedding that nurtures recovering wild animals, providing more warmth and familiarity than options like towels and sheets. These furs help injured and orphaned wildlife by keeping baby animals warm and minimizing human contact during the recovery process.
“It really helps the animals to have something to snuggle into,” says Jody Raines of Illinois Valley Wildlife Rehab. “It appears to relax them and makes them easier to work with. Every baby heads right to the fur hiding place when I take them in.”
Since 2006, when Buffalo Exchange first became involved with Coats for Cubs, we have collected and distributed over 15,108 furs. Last year alone, we collected 1,464 furs to give back to the animals. Help us make it another great year! To learn more and see photos of some of the animals who have benefitted from donated furs, visit CoatsforCubs.com.
Please note that we are not able to provide tax receipts since we are a collection point only and not a non-profit ourselves. If you would like a tax receipt for your donation, you will need to reach out directly to a rehabber and coordinate the donation on your own. We have a list of rehabbers on the CoatsForCubs.org under the Wildlife Rehabilitator Info tab. Also, most states maintain their own directories of certified wildlife rehabilitators, which can be a great resource.
As 2018 comes to a close, we’re thinking about our hopes and resolutions for 2019, but we’re also thinking about all the great things that happened over the past year. We’d like to say thank you to all who have made our success possible. Best wishes and Happy New Year to all of our wonderful Buffalos – customers and employees alike! We couldn’t do it without you. Cheers to a fantastic 2019!
With 2019 on the horizon, we’re always looking to expand our Buffalo family. If you love fashion, people and working hard while having fun, make it your New Year’s resolution to join our herd! Apply in-store or online today. Happy New Year!
Hello, Buffaloes! If you read my blog about how much I love plaid, you know that one of my favorite holidays is fast approaching: Thanksgiving! As a verified overthinker and certified procrastinator, I understand that coming up with a look for Halloween may have sent you into a tizzy and now you’re stressin’ about what to wear over the week of family reunions and friendsgivings ahead – fret not, because I am here to help. Naturally, as any secondhand fashionista would, I shopped at my neighborhood Buffalo Exchange and came up with five different Thanksgiving outfits that will work for almost any occasion. Couch surfing at your family’s home? Covered. Friendsgiving chic? Got it. Meeting you significant other’s ‘rents? Nailed it! Read ahead for tips and tricks to copy this Thanksgiving – it’s easy as pie!
Game On! Thanksgiving Outfits Made for Comfort
There’s nothing quite like going home for the holidays. If you’re staying with the ‘rents during the long weekend, it’s definitely tempting to traipse down the hall in the sweatpants you slept in for Thanksgiving dinner (no judgement – we’ve all been there). To combat the alluring draw of comfort-over-all, pair a velvet T-shirt dress with your favorite pair of sneakers and a fuzzy cardigan, topping off the look with a matching beret. With this outfit, you’ll look put-together for your family photos with all the comfort of being wrapped up burrito-style in bed.
If you’re like me, you’re the dramatic friend. You know, the one who visits once a year to regale everyone with tales of what it’s like to live in a moderately larger city with two large bags of luggage in tow (def more stuff than necessary for a four-day trip). For my fellow drama queens, this look is for you! After feasting with your family, fight the urge to take a nap and catch up with the hometown folks you didn’t see at dinner in an attention-grabbing leopard print romper and floral blazer! The pattern mixing works because of the neutral color palette and the leopard print totally hides the mashed potatoes you dribbled on yourself earlier. WIN-WIN!
Gather Around for Gathered Sleeves
Let’s be real: Thanksgiving dinner is really Thanksgiving lunch. If you’re one of the few people that can hold out until a proper dinner time, let’s say 6 o‘clock, then 1) I commend you and 2) This evening look is for you. Here, I layered a faux-corset that has contrast stitching over a hunter green T-shirt with gathered sleeves. I don’t know about you, but I’m still loving sleeve details with various ties, puffs and cuffs. A plaid accordion-pleat polishes off the look but leaves plenty of room for late-night seconds (or thirds). Definitely one of my favorite Thanksgiving outfits!
Hot Turkey Tamale
If you’re looking for one of those Thanksgiving outfits that’ll show your fellow dinner guests (many of whom you see just a few times a year) you’ve got it all figured out and WEREN’T totally thinking about sweatpants to dinner, a blazer and skirt combo is the way to go. Brown suede compliments the cheery holiday red top and the silver grommet fastening draws attention to your square-toed silver block heels. Who looks like they read the New York Times instead of just scrolling through Twitter? You do, girl!
Meet the Parents: Holiday Edition
Cuffing season is here! You made it through a summer of singledom, met someone special and now it’s time to meet their parents. As far as Thanksgiving outfits go, you’ll probably want to air on the side of caution and go with something classic (read: not a sequin jumpsuit). Make a great first impression in a vintage-inspired paisley dress with flutter sleeves and simple pumps. Compliment the high collar with your favorite good-luck charm necklace and top it off with a camel-colored beret. Whip up a side dish (or pick up a premade one – no judgement!) and you’ll be the best guest ever!
Feeling stuffed with inspiration for Thanksgiving outfits? If I can talk turkey with you, it’s time to run down to your local Buffalo Exchange and shop for your look! Whatever event you’ll be attending, I can guarantee that they’ve got just the thing you need. Thanks for reading and have a happy Thanksgiving!
Winter is coming. If you find yourself at a loss over what to wear to combat the dropping temperatures and increasingly gray days, fret not: Buffalo Exchange is here to help! During a trip to Buffalo Exchange Tucson, I styled four different outfits perfect for beating the winter style blues. Read ahead to see the looks I came up with, along with styling tips for replicating them in your own wardrobe!
Lattice in Wonderland
For my first winter style look, I went with a timeless duo-chromatic color palette. I paired this gridded jumpsuit with a white turtleneck, topping the look off with the jacket du jour – a cropped trucker with contrast stitching. This jacket is the perfect layering piece because it provides warmth without bulk. To take my coordination to the next level, I finished the look with a mod-inspired handbag that has the same vertical split as the jumpsuit!
Nowadays, there’s no shortage of pants for women – we’ve got skinny legs and wide legs, pleats and palazzos, cargo and disco – the list goes on and on! However, one of the most undersung styles is the capri. Also known as pedal pushers, these cropped pants are one of the many trends from the early 2000s making a major comeback this year. For everyone out there who may be hesitant to try this trend, we’ve got a few different ways to style capri pants!
Cargo and Capri Pants: A Love Story
For a sporty daytime look, we styled these khaki cargo capri pants (cargo is another trend to look out for this season!) with a printed crop top and illustrated coach’s jacket. Finish the outfit off with a pair of velvet loafers in a matching shade of royal blue for a look that’s casual but still perfectly put together.
That’s a Wrap: Tie Waists
If you’re new to mixing patterns, we suggest matching your main pieces with the same color – here, we mixed a striped pair of mustard and hunter green tie-waist capri pants with a polka-dotted wrap blouse in the same hunter green. Become a pattern mixing pro by topping off with a subtle snakeprint mule!
Power Clashing Capri Pants
Are you ready to take your capri pants to the next level? Plaid pants with a ruffled hem will do the trick! Go bold with an abstract cheetah print blouse and tortoise shell flats – the key is to keep your colors neutral and accessories minimal. This look isn’t busy – it means business!
Turn Up The Volume!
Capri pants come in all different shapes and drama is the name of the game with these culottes! A wide leg, simple pleat and rich cranberry color are exactly what you need for a fantastic cool-weather look. A long sleeve striped blouse with a smocked waist plays up the volume of the pant and a cheetah print ankle bootie balances the whole look.
Capri It Simple
Rounding out our capri countdown, we have a pair of cropped blue jeans! These jeans are sure to replace your go-to cuffed jeans, with an exciting asymmetrical fringed hemline. For a pop of color, a ‘70s botanical blouse pairs perfectly with maroon loafers and a timeless navy blazer.
As you can see, capri pants are an excellent option for staying stylish through the occasionally unpredictable temperatures of autumn when paired with smart layers and trendy footwear. Feeling inspired? Recreate these looks and find everything else you need for your fall wardrobe at your local Buffalo Exchange!
Welcome back to our Costume of the Day series! From now until Halloween, we’ll be posting new Halloween costumes daily, all DIY’d out of items found at Buffalo Exchange. From group costumes and couples costumes to standalone looks, we’re brewing up some scary good ideas for you guys, so be sure to check back regularly!
Hello all! For me, fall and winter are the best seasons of the year. They have the best holidays (Halloween and Thanksgiving!), basketball season starts up (Go Phoenix Suns!), it’s my birthday (November!) and the air cools down (you can walk outside here in Tucson without melting into a puddle)! To my last point, cooler weather brings so many new fashion options. I love to layer my clothing and there’s no better time to experiment with trends. This week, I paid a visit to Buffalo Exchange Tucson to search for plaid in its many forms: gingham, tartan and more! Read ahead to check out all the pieces I found and how I styled plaid three different ways.
For my first look, I experimented with a punk rock vibe and mixed two distinct patterns at once: Madras and Glen plaid. Named for its origin city of Madras, India (now Chennai), Madras plaid is recognized by its widely variable color combos and checkboard pattern – and this denim jacket does not fall short of that description! I paired it with a more subtle gray Glen Plaid (hailing from Scotland) and a mustard-yellow velvet mock neck.
Does this ever happen to you? All year round, you think of unique Halloween costume ideas and then, ALL OF A SUDDEN, October’s here and you can’t remember a thing. That’s where we come in. We’ve got your back with some of our favorite costumes from last year!
Costumes that POP!
Fulfill your squad ghouls with Halloween costume ideas inspired by your favorite 90s pop groups. Tell me what you want – what you really, really want: it’s a Spice Girls group costume, right?
What’s better than watching cartoons? Bringing them to life! We all have well-loved cartoons from our childhood (or even from today). Bring your favorite characters off the screen with these Halloween costume ideas – Arthur or Sailor Moon or Bob’s Burgers!
These Costumes Are Out of This World
This Halloween, have some intergalactic fun with bright neons, metallics and funky patterns. Travel through space as an extraterrestrial creature or a totally rad space cadet. With space-themed Halloween costume ideas, the possibilities are endless. You can throw something together last minute or plan an epic and elaborate look!
Clown Around with These Halloween Costume Ideas
Are you still trying to decide whether to be funny or scary this Halloween? Wear some of your favorite brightly colored clothing (plus about a pound of make-up on your face) OR recreate a frightening character from your favorite horror movie!
Ready to start putting together your perfect Halloween look? Head down to your local Buffalo Exchange to start shopping costumes! We recommend searching out great everyday pieces that you can wear all season long and mixing them with funky pieces and fantastic accessories. And while you’re at it, bring in your fall closet cleanout – you could pick up cash or trade to put towards the costume of your dreams!
As fall rolls in, we’re more than excited for layers, cool-weather trends and a general wardrobe update! In our Fall/Winter Zine, say hello to some of your favorite fall trends – from 1940s style at Buffalo Exchange San Diego (Hillcrest) to music-inspired streetwear at Buffalo Exchange Houston. Be sure to take a peek at our handy flowchart, perfect for figuring out which items to keep and which items to bring in to sell. Then, find out what inspires some of our favorite Instagram style icons. Stop by your local Buffalo Exchange to pick up a free copy of the zine!
By the Sea
For anyone really feeling the 1940s right now, head to the shore with us in this vintage-feel editorial from Buffalo Exchange Hillcrest. This fall, we’re thinking knee-length dresses, striped trousers and naval-inspired hats. Photography by Monique Woolley (@momomerlot). Styling by Teha Wallace (@TehaWallace).
This photo shoot was inspired by some of our favorite music icons. Channel your inner superstar with moto jackets, canvas outerwear and your own take on denim from Buffalo Exchange Houston. Photography by Martha Rincon (@TotallyMartha). Styling by Martha Rincon and Urma Redmond.
Keep It or Sell It
When struck with the age-old quandary – to keep or to sell – consult our handy flowchart. Pick up a copy of our zine and keep it close by during your next closet cleanout!
Our Favorite Style Icons
ConnoisseurOfCute: Okay, well it doesn’t get much cuter than Elizabeth Winn Colley. Head over to her feed for an overload of all things pink and adorable.
SofiaGConte: How adorable is Sofia? We love her fun, classic take on style.
OscarDeLarmenta: We totally dig Oscar Armenta’s unique, early 2000s-inspired style. Oh and did we mention that he looks fantastic in tiny sunglasses?
AFashionNerd: If you’re feeling Wes Anderson vibes when you scroll Amy Roiland’s feed, you wouldn’t be wrong. She draws much of her style inspiration from the filmmaker and even had a “Wes-tern Anderson”-themed wedding.
This is just a taste of the fall style inspiration in our latest zine, so stop by your local Buffalo Exchange to pick up your own copy. Then, be sure to consult our Keep It or Sell It flow chart as you’re cleaning out your closet for the new season – we’re buying for fall and the best of all seasons!
After selling my closet cleanout to Buffalo Exchange (and shopping on a VERY regular basis) for more than a decade, I’ve learned a thing or two about how it works. Ever wondered how a buyer decides what to buy and what to pass on? Or what kind of stuff you’re supposed to bring in? Here are my top takeaways if you want to sell your clothes!
Clean Out Seasonally, then Bring It All
Buffalo Exchange buys the best of all seasons, but what does that really mean? Can you actually bring in heavy winter items in June? The answer is yes…and no. On one hand, Buffalo buys primarily for the upcoming season. On the other hand, they’ll buy extremely desirable, like-new items anytime (a current Patagonia down jacket in July, for example, or a designer dress from this season in December). My best advice? When you go to sell your clothes, just bring it all – some pieces are always desirable, regardless of season, and Buffalo’s buyers are happy to look through everything you have.
More than Just Brands
If you’re trying to crack the code on which brands Buffalo Exchange buys before you head in to sell your clothes or you want to squeeze a price estimate out of them ahead of time, I recommend just stopping into the store with everything you’re cleaning out. Though certain brands are particularly popular, Buyers make selections more based on styles that are selling quickly – and this means that they have to see each item in person. You could have an undesirable designer item that they won’t be able to resell, for example, and a super desirable everyday item that a shopper will snatch up right away. Another thing to note: while a brand’s original price point is factored into the pricing, the desirability of the style, age and condition matter.
Sell Your Clothes, Then Take the Trade
Since shopping is one of my top hobbies (it counts as a hobby, right?), I ALWAYS take the trade. Anytime you sell, you have the option to take 30% of their selling price in cash or 50% in trade (your buyer will tell you the selling prices of each item they buy from you). I took the cash maybe once and ended up spending it at Buffalo the next week, so that was the end of that. But even if you’re not as much of a shopper as me, the trade is a great option. After you sell your clothes, I recommend shopping around – you can buy some new pieces with your trade (which, believe it or not, is great motivation for a second round of closet cleanout) and take the rest in cash. If you’re in a rush, you can grab a trade card for later (they never expire) or take some on a card and some in cash. There’s nothing like having a hankering to shop and then remembering that you’re Buffalo rich.
Buying Is Based on Inventory Needs
At Buffalo Exchange, the buyers always make selections based on current inventory needs. On a number of occasions, I’ve bought items at Buffalo, worn them once and then decided I didn’t like them. When I go to sell them back, however, they’re not always able to buy them. Confusing, right? In reality, it’s because the store’s inventory needs can change on a daily or weekly basis. Buyers pay close attention to what’s selling quickly and what’s sticking around, constantly learning new information about what to buy from you when you come in to sell your clothes. At the end of the day, I donate any items that I don’t sell to a deserving local non-profit through Buffalo’s charity pickup program.
Take Advantage of the 24-Hour Hold
At Buffalo, you can hold up to 5 non-sale items for 24 hours. So if you find something you love but you don’t want to pay full price for it, put the item on hold and head home to clean out your closet. I recently found a pair of Chanel clogs that I just had to have. But instead of maxing out my credit card, I cleanout out my closet – and made enough money in trade to buy the clogs! WIN. PS – If you’ve been procrastinating your cleanout, this is the best motivator.
For High-End Items, Ask About Consignment
When it comes to high-end items that I paid a lot for (and, ahem, never really wore…), it’s sometimes hard to stomach the fact that, no matter where I sell them, I won’t be able to earn as much back as I originally paid. But at the same time, they do little good sitting in my closet. Take the slightly-too-small Acne booties that I paid over $500 for and wore only a few times over the course of several years. They’re classically stylish and in near-perfect condition. The answer? Consignment! At Buffalo Exchange, you can ask about selling higher end items on consignment. Consignment is offered on a case by case basis. If you do end up going with this option, you’ll forego an immediate payout and wait until the items sells to get paid. They’ll be able to price the item higher, though, and when you do get paid, you’ll receive 50% back in cash instead of 30%. No-brainer!
Hear that? That’s the sound of mysteries unraveling! Just kidding. After years of selling at Buffalo, I’ve learned a lot about how the process works, but I’ve also learned that popular styles and inventory needs are always going to change and I’m probably not going to make $500 back on my $500 pair of boots. But you know what? I don’t care. There’s nothing I love more than trading in my closet for exciting new finds and basically shopping for free. Questions about selling? Let me know in the comments. Otherwise, happy selling and shopping!