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Buffalo Exchange Holiday Hours

The holidays are almost here! Please see Buffalo Exchange’s adjusted hours on the following dates:

Thursday, November 25th: Closed
Friday, December 24th: All stores close at 5pm
Saturday, December 25th: Closed
Friday, December 31st: All stores close at 5pm
Saturday, January 1st: Closed

Plan ahead to shop or sell at your local Buffalo Exchange and find your local store’s hours here. Happy Holidays!


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Get Your Wardrobe Winter-Ready at Buffalo Exchange!

Can you feel it in the air? Winter is almost here! If your current wardrobe is lacking in the warm-clothes department, pick up cozy and cute styles for the upcoming season at your local Buffalo Exchange! Shop cool-weather must-haves like long-sleeved tees, button-downs and blouses, denim, knitwear, sweaters and jackets. It’s getting chilly out there, so be sure to stock up on winter accessories like boots, hats and scarves, too. From current trends and closet staples to totally unique, one-of-a-kind vintage, we have everything you need to make this your best dressed winter and holiday season yet — this is your chance to shine bright with a fresh new look (and clear closet!) just in time for 2022! 

And while we’re talking about the year ahead, remember to take a look in your wardrobe and drawers for things you didn’t get around to wearing in 2021 — your closet cleanout could become 25% of the Buffalo Exchange price back in cash or 50% in trade to put towards your new season finds! To schedule an appointment to sell at your local Buffalo, click here.


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Sell Your Cold-Weather Clothes for Cash or Trade at Buffalo Exchange!

Before the temps drop, bundle up your closet cleanout to sell for cash or trade at Buffalo Exchange! This winter, we’re looking for cold-weather styles like long-sleeved tees, button-downs, midi dresses, denim, knitwear, sweaters and jackets. While you’re cleaning out your wardrobe, don’t forget to check the back of your closet for shoes and accessories: we’re buying boots, hats, scarves, handbags and more! For your cool closet cleanout, we offer 25% of our selling price back in cash or 50% back in trade. Holding onto your warmer clothes? That’s totally chill, because we buy the best of all seasons year round! Those extra pieces in your closet could turn into extra money in your pocket (right on time to help fund holiday shopping!) or store credit to put towards your next great look for 2022. Ready to sell? Book an appointment!


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Five Freakily Easy Last-Minute Halloween Costumes

Out of all the frights that come with Halloween season, nothing is scarier than getting closer to the big night and realizing you still don’t have a costume. If time just crept up on you, don’t fear: we’ve put together a list of fun, last-minute Halloween costumes that you can create with pieces from your own closet and a quick trip to Buffalo Exchange! 

You’ve Got: A Black Dress

You’re in luck: a little — or long — black dress is the basis for many instantly recognizable last-minute halloween costumes. Depending on your vibe, you could transform a black dress into a witch, vampire, or everyone’s favorite superhero fashion designer, Edna Mode. Just stop by Buffalo to pick up the finishing touches. Not the dress type? Swap out a frock for a black shirt and pants and you’re back in business.

Two people stand in front of a shop window underneath a neon sign that says “reuse”. The person on the left is wearing a black dress with white bats and spider web embroidery, black & white striped tights and black Dr.Marten lace up boots. They are also wearing a bat-printed face mask, detached lace collar and a wide brim hat painted with hands featuring a sun and crescent moon. The person on the right is wearing a velvet black dress with sheer long sleeves, black & white striped tights and purple velvet lace up boots. They have accessorized with a Maleficent horned headband, pumpkin earrings and a purple and orange embroidered face mask. A person stands in a clothing store in front of racks filled with costumes. They're dressed up as a vampire in all black pants, boots and a sweater. they're wearing red plastic sunglasses with a blood-drip lense shape and a red vampire fanged face mask. Smiling person stands against a wall wearing a black dress, tights and boots. Around their neck is a plaid necktie, and they wear exaggerated circle-shaped eyeglasses.

You’ve Got: Western Boots

Yeehaw! With a pair of western boots, you could find your inner twang as a glam country singer or show off your true grit and go full-cowboy with jeans and a basic flannel.  For an extra wild-wild-western look, take it to outer space with an extraterrestrial cowboy costume — and don’t forget your hat!

Two people stand facing each other with their heads turned straight to the camera. The person standing on the left is wearing a black, fringed western dress, studded belt and pink cowboy boots. On the right, the person is wearing a leopard print cowboy hat, pink-and-white fringed shirtdress and thigh-high white western boots. Two people stand close, posed as if they were dancing at a honky tonk. The person on the right wears a pink cowboy hat, plaid shirt worn open, white croptop, denim jeans and black Dr.Marten boots. The person standing left is wearing a denim shirt, cow-print white jeans and brown boots. Two people wearing costume alien masks stand in front of a red and orange wall, tipping their pink and purple cowboy hats. The person on the right is wearing a silver blouse and skirt, striped denim vest and light pink cowboy boots. To the right, the person is wearing a leopard-print faux fur coat, white tee shirt with sparkly purple alien graphic, black bike shorts and thigh-high burgundy velvet boots.

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4 Tips for Selling Clothes From a Buffalo Exchange Buyer

In my tenure as a Buffalo Exchange employee, I’ve spent many hours behind the buy counter, and I’ve seen it all: the good, the not-as-good and the totally unexpected. To those new to the world of resale fashion, the process of selling at Buffalo can feel shrouded in mystery. But fear not: here are my tips on how to get the most out of your closet cleanout and have the most successful selling trip!  

In case you’re in a hurry, here’s the TLDR for selling clothes at Buffalo: 

  • Launder your items first & check for spots, rips, missing buttons, broken zippers, etc
  • Bring in a variety of items (t-shirts, sweaters, shorts, jackets, pants, dresses — you name it!)
  • Get familiar with your store and ask your Buyer what they’re looking for 
  • Take the trade!

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Coming Clean: Before Selling Clothes, Throw Them In the Laundry!

Even with the coolest, most stylish clothing, Buffalo can’t buy anything with spots, tears, rips or broken zippers — unless, of course, it’s purposely distressed denim or a vintage tee so amazing that a little spot doesn’t matter. As you sort your laundry, take a look to make sure everything you plan on selling is in the best possible condition. A little detergent (or even dish soap, if you’ve got a grease stain!) will go a long way in keeping your clothes from the dreaded “give back” stack. If needed, try your hand at mending any small rips or reattaching loose buttons. The same goes for shoes and accessories: do a double take for any loose or chipped heels, lifting soles, excessive wear or dirt. If you can clean it up, awesome. If it seems a little too worn, you may want to plan to donate it to your favorite local non-profit.

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Just like the summer sun, Caelyn’s sense of style shines bright — watch her bring in a few things to sell and swap them out for some cute, current pieces at Buffalo Exchange Tempe!

Have a plus-sized closet cleanout of your own? Trade in your past-favorite pieces for something new-to-you at your local Buffalo! We buy ALL sizes, from 16+, and your past-favorite pieces could become stylish closet staples you’ll love. Plus, when you sell your closet cleanout now through September 30th, share your email address with your Buyer to be entered for your chance to win a $100 Buffalo Exchange gift card. Find your local store here to schedule an appointment to sell!


Six Summer Style Trends To Try in 2021

Just like the weather, summer style trends are coming in hot! As the temps warm up, it looks like there’s a new trend to add to your moodboard every day. To take some of the guesswork out of what to shop for this summer, we’ve compiled a short but mighty list of summer styles to liven up your wardrobe (Spoiler alert: all of these trends can be found at your local Buffalo Exchange!). Scroll through for our top picks on what to wear this summer.

Get into the Groove-y Florals

Florals are ubiquitous year-round, and summer is no exception. Switch out your modern prints for throwback 90s-does-70s florals in bold, bright colors. Bonus points for grungy baby-doll silhouettes or tres chic suit tailoring!

summer style trends, Person standing outside wearing large-print floral dress layered over yellow t-shirt, topped with cream cropped cardigan and black lace-up boots. Her novelty handbag is designed to look like milk carton.

summer style trends, Person wearing black mesh dress with brightly colored floral pattern, purposefully distressed sheer tights and platform shoes. Carrying purple satin handbag.

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Mesh-Dressed

Ah, the ultimate summer dressing dilemma: full coverage or breathability? Enjoy the best of both  worlds with semi-sheer, long-sleeved mesh shirts in your pick of patterns. When it comes to prints, we say: the bolder, the better!

summer style trends, person wears Van Gogh's Starry Night printed on a mesh long sleeve, watercolor swirl patterned midlength skirt and yellow and blue sneakers. They hold a denim backpack in one hand

summer style trends, clothing laid flat, mesh longs sleeve top with swirling black pattern, orange and black tie-dyed pants, white sneakers and Pyer Moss logo beanie

summer style trends, two people standing outside of store front, one wearing checkerprint denim and a coordinating camisole and cardigan set. the other wears a green mesh long sleeved top and lightwash denim

Y2K All Day

This one’s for all the zillennials out there! Inspired by the years between the late nineties and early aughts, Y2K style is back with tube dresses, graphic pants and kitschy accessories that would make even Zenon jealous.

summer style trends, person striking a one arm up, cross legged pose, wearing purple velvet tube dress and Nike sneakers, they hold a novelty Hello Kitty purse in one hand

summer style trends, two people stand back to back, person on left holds up a peace sign wearing red lame pants, black cropped t-shirt and black platform boots. Person on right stands in Charlie's Angels pose, wearing purple lame pants, light purple cropped t shirt and black Converse sneakers.

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Par for the Corset 

Shapewear as everyday style has been around for a while (think compressive bike shorts styled for daily wear with tees or blazers), and the corset trend shows no sign of slowing down. Give major Bridgerton vibes with ivory satin or go punk rock with vegan leather and heavy-metal buckles!

summer style trends, group of three partially seated. they wear a combination of retro stripe button downs, tie-dye denim jackets, and a pastel pink dress styled with a corset

summer style trends, white corset tank top, vegan leather culotte shorts, black lace-up calf boots and small black baguette bag

summer style trends, two people stand against brown wall. person of left wears plaid dress with vest that acts as corset, persion on right wears romantic goth dress with black under-bust corset styled over it. both wear chunky platform boots with silver buckles and fixtures

Totally Twinning

As we’re able to reconnect irl with our bffs, coordinating outfits will be huge! Be it minimalist neutral sets, streetwear tees and cargos or Clueless-inspired plaid skirts and cropped tees, there’s a look out there perfectly tailored for your dynamic duo.

summer style trends, two friends stand outside of Buffalo Exchange dressed in "fairy grunge" aesthetic, one wears cropped olive green long sleeved t shirt, gray zebra print skirt and shiny black loafers. person on right wears purple and black striped sweater, black dress with tulle skirt and black platform boots paired with purple fishnet tights.

summer style trends, two people sit on cement stair case, dresses similarly in olive, gray and black. person on right wears open button down shirt patterned with lemons, white capris and white crossbody bag. Person on right wears patchwork tanktop, black denim and black lace-up boots.

Fresh Fruit Fashion

Our last summer style trend is a sweet one: retro-inspired fruit prints! This juicy trend is perfect for summer and can easily be found in a range of styles, from pineapple-print sets to cherry embroidered dresses.

summer style trends. person standing in front of flower bushes wears fruit printed white slip dress and casual white sneakers

summer style trends, cherry-printed dress, cropped red cardigan, red sandals, black handbag and cherry printed bucket hat

summer style trends, black cherry print dress, red framed sunglasses, green handbag and white Reebok sneakers

summer style trends, pineapple printed two piece shirt and short set, paired with oversized sunglasses, pink slide sandals and pink top-handle purse

Feeling inspired to shop? Don’t fill that online cart just yet — we haven’t gotten to our favorite summer trend: shopping sustainably! When you shop secondhand at your local Buffalo Exchange, you’re playing a major role in keeping clothing out of landfills. Plus, you’ll be able to find all of these summer styles (plus more!) for a fraction of the cost. Oh, and let’s not forget that when you sell your closet cleanout at Buffalo Exchange, you can choose between cash or trade — that means that the cost of your new look could be totally covered by the things you weren’t wearing anyway! To learn more about how to sell and schedule an appointment today, check out our ‘How to Sell’ blog here. We can’t wait to see you in our store!

 


Trend Alert: Three Ways to Style Leather Pants

 

In February, I stopped by my local Buffalo Exchange for a LONG overdue shopping trip. In 2021, my goal is to focus on sustainable style: clothes that I’ll treasure forever, or timeless pieces that I know I can always trade in at Buffalo Exchange. Not wanting to overdo it, I made a promise to myself that I’d only leave with items I absolutely adored. Lo and behold, I found what I was looking for almost immediately: a VERY trendy pair of leather pants! At first glance, leather pants may seem like a strange choice — how often will I wear them? However, I found that they’re remarkably versatile, and I can totally see myself rocking them from fall to spring. Scroll through for three ways to style leather pants!

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Colorblock with primary hues for a fun, artsy spin on no-nonsense leather (bonus points for added textures like faux fur and retro-inspired vinyl!)

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Although they seem to be from totally different worlds, a racing jacket, cashmere sweater and cowboy boots are MINT to be! Finish the look with a top handle faux croc bag.

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Watch Aarian style vintage leather pants with other finds from Buffalo Exchange! #SecondhandFashion #ThriftHaul

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Take a trip to Paris without leaving your block in a French-inspired look featuring polka dots, strappy sandals and a cloud bag in a monochromatic palette. 

As you can see, these black leather pants are far from basic! If you’re feeling inspired to shop, stop by your local Buffalo Exchange today. Each store is filled with classic staples, trendy pieces and one of a kind finds you’ll love. Plus, if you’re due for a closet cleanout, you can bring in your items and leave with trade to spend on a sustainable, new-to-you wardrobe! 

PS – Did you know that you can now schedule an appointment to sell online? Visit buffaloexchange.com/locations to find your neighborhood store and conveniently book your spot today!


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Our New Shopping Safety Protocols!

Whether you recently booked an appointment online to sell your closet cleanout and now have a digital trade card burning a hole in your inbox or you’re just coveting a closet refresh, Buffalo Exchange is open for all your secondhand shopping needs! Our stores have adapted to the new world of social distancing and we’ve implemented some new guidelines to keep shopping secondhand safe for everyone. Read ahead for everything you need to know about the new normal of shopping at Buffalo Exchange! 

Here’s the TL DR  of what’s new in our stores:

  • Socially distancing throughout the store
  • Dressing rooms are open
  • We offer contactless payment like Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay (cash and card still accepted!)
  • Sneeze guards at every register and buy counter
  • Increased cleaning

 

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Maintain Social Distancing

While you’re shopping around, please be mindful of others and do your best to keep the recommended 6 feet of space between yourself and your fellow shoppers. This may mean doubling back to check out a super cute top you saw on a rounder where someone else was shopping, but we want everyone to feel comfortable and uncrowded while they browse around for those one-of-a-kind finds Buffalo Exchange is known for. We’ll have social-distancing reminders posted around the store, but feel free to reach out to an employee if another customer isn’t giving you the space you need!

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New Protocols for Trying On 

Our dressing rooms are open , so check in with an employee when you’re ready to try on! 

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Checking Out With Your Finds 

When you’re ready to purchase, you may notice things look a little different at the register: we’ve installed sneeze guards at checkout (and buy counters) as an extra safeguard. Once it comes time for payment, you can choose contactless payment methods like Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay and tap-to-pay credit cards. Don’t have one of these? We are still accepting credit cards and cash. Need to enter a pin? To reduce contact, we have disposable cotton swabs for you to use instead of pushing buttons directly on the card terminals. 

In addition, we have hand sanitizer throughout the store, regular cleaning and sanitation protocols and daily employee temperature checks. That’s it! Our stores are stocked, so stop in to enjoy the thrill of the hunt. We can’t wait to see you all back in the store again soon!


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Congrats to Allison Miller and Bryan Falcón – Recipients of the 2019 Buffalo Exchange Arts Award!

Each year, Buffalo Exchange teams up with the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona to award an artist in Southern Arizona with the Arts Award. Candidates are selected by two separate panels of experts who are familiar with the Southern Arizona Arts scene and judged based on both the candidates’ artistic endeavors and the impact they’ve made in the community. Since 1994, Buffalo Exchange has awarded almost $240,000 to 26 Southern Arizona artists.

Rebecca Block and Kerstin Block with Allison Miller and Bryan Falcón

For the 25th round of recipients in 2019, Buffalo Exchange Founder & President Kerstin Block and her daughter, Vice President Rebecca Block, celebrated by offering two awards of $10,000 – one in performing arts and one in visual arts.“We created the Arts Award because we believe art is essential to the well-being of the community,” says Kerstin. “This year, we’re glad for the chance to honor Allison and Bryan, who both have an incredible impact on the local area.”

Allison Miller with Buffalo Exchange Founder Kerstin Block and CFSA Director of Community Investments Kelly Huber

Meet Allison, a Tucson-Born Muralist
Allison Miller, a muralist and native of Tucson, has spent much of her career giving back to the community through public art projects. She currently coordinates and facilitates murals that are artistically accessible for community members, allowing young artists and other volunteers to contribute. “A lot of it for me is involving people in creating an identity for their specific space,” says Miller, “whether it’s a park or their jogging path. When people are invested in beautification, they keep it that way.” Having worked on dozens of murals, Miller’s art is a familiar sight and an ode to the unique identity of Tucson.

Scoundrel & Scamp Postcard: Images by Tim Fuller, Design by Cat Dog Mouse Media

Scoundrel & Scamp Production of Blood Wedding: Photo by Tim Fuller.

Bryan Falcón with Buffalo Exchange Founder Kerstin Block and CFSA Director of Community Investments Kelly Huber

Meet Bryan Falcón, Founder of Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre
Bryan Falcón, winner of the performing arts award, is the Artistic and Managing Director of the Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre, a nonprofit he founded with his wife after becoming enamored with the art scene and diverse culture of Tucson. Bryan believes that theater uplifts society by transporting people to places that they would not otherwise go. “We have a chance to step into somebody else’s skin for a little while and try to understand and, hopefully, walk away with some sort of connection to the heart,” says Bryan.

Allison Miller Mural

It’s reasons like these that Buffalo Exchange has continued this award for the past 25 years. “Art is not something that humans do when they have nothing else to do,” said Spencer Block, Buffalo Exchange co-founder. “Art is an essential part of the human condition. It happens everywhere and in all circumstances.” To learn more about the history of the Arts Award and to see a list of all other artists who’ve been honored over the years, visit the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona’s website!