Hey Carytown, Buffalo Exchange Richmond is teaming up with Katie Blue Salon to help you start the year off with a fresh new look! We’re giving away a $100 Buffalo Exchange gift card and a styling session at our Carytown location plus a salon shampoo + blowdry from Katie Blue Salon and hair products for you to take home. Enter from January 15th through January 31st by signing up for our email list at BuffaloExchange.com/KatieBlueSalon!
By Jessica Pruitt, Buffalo Exchange HQ
Here at Buffalo Exchange, we’re proud to announce the newest member of our family – Buffalo Exchange Richmond! The new store is located right in the heart of historic Carytown, alongside tons of independent businesses and great restaurants and just a quick jaunt from VCU. Thanks to a VERY WARM welcome from Carytown residents and our neighboring businesses, the store is off to a great start! We’re so happy to be a part of this unique and thriving neighborhood.
Many shoppers are already noticing our store’s unique décor, a mix between Buffalo’s eclectic, vibrant style and the modern-historic feel of Carytown. Complete with vintage pressed tin ceilings and big display windows, this space is beautiful all on its own. To accent the store’s natural charm, our in-house interior design team added hand-painted signs, vintage displays featuring everything from old pachinko machines to one-of-a-kind mirrors and art deco-look tiles.
By Savy Kroop, Buffalo Exchange HQ
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!
By Jessica Pruitt
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!
By Aarian Frye (Buffalo Exchange HQ) & Buffalo Exchange Tempe
At Buffalo Exchange, it’s not uncommon to hear about die-hard shoppers turning their love of the store into fashion careers! Today, we meet Cornell, who has worked as a Buyer at Buffalo Exchange Tempe since March 2017. We talk about his journey in the fashion industry and his personal style!
The Stuff Fashion Careers Are Made Of
Cornell’s enthusiasm for Buffalo started at a young age. In middle school, he “came to the realization that you could love fashion and make a career out of that passion.” Cornell couldn’t wait to apply and join the team at Buffalo Exchange Tempe.
By Aarian Frye, Buffalo Exchange HQ
Can you believe we’re already so far into 2018? It happened so fast, it feels like summer just started! If you’re hesitant to pack away your bright warm weather gear in favor of drab sweaters, don’t sweat it. We’ve compiled a list of the hottest trends you’ll see everywhere this fall! Color and patterns are here to stay, so read ahead for the fall trends you’ll want to shop for ASAP.
Fall Trends 101: Don’t Skip The Color!
As the leaves begin to turn from green to brown, you might think it’s time for your closet to do the same. While we have nothing against a great neutral, remember all the shades that come between! Vibrant yellows, oranges and even reds will give you your chloro-FILL of color this fall.
By Aarian Frye, Buffalo Exchange HQ
First things first, I must confess that I love to shop. If you’re reading this blog, I’m willing to wager that you do, too. However, none of us likes spending hundreds of dollars on a wardrobe update, so that’s why I’m here – to guide you through updating your wardrobe for under $100! This past weekend, I went to Buffalo Exchange Tucson in search of a few versatile pieces to liven up my closet for the last weeks of summer. I also wanted to make sure I could incorporate these into my fall outfits when the weather gets cool. Read on to see what I found!
There’s nothing I love more than a coordinating set! I found a great deal on this two-piece. This set is breezy for summer, but I know it’ll look great with a cardigan and boots when the weather cools down. Because I came in under my budget for this item, I took the plunge and bought a saddle bag with colorful suede fringe as well. This is going to add some serious flair to all of my fall outfits!
Every six months, we support new local charities through our Tokens for Bags® program. Instead of giving out bags, we give customers the opportunity to donate five cents (the cost of the bag) to a charity of their choice. Since 1994, we have raised over $774,365 for thousands of local nonprofit organizations through our Tokens for Bags® program, saving 15.4 million bags from polluting the environment.
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