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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All Buffalo Exchange Locations Closed on Election Day

Attention all Buffalo shoppers and sellers! All Buffalo Exchange locations will be CLOSED on Tuesday, November 2nd for Election Day. We’ll reopen as usual for you to sell and shop on Wednesday, November 3rd — check your local store’s hours here! When we reopen, don’t forget that we’re buying for fall, winter and the best of all seasons. If you’re cleaning out your closet, be sure to schedule an in-person selling appointment. We’ll see you soon!


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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Shopping for Plus Size Fashion at Buffalo Exchange Tempe

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Shopping for plus-size summer fashion at Buffalo Exchange! @caeiyn #SummerStyle #PlusSizeFashion #PlusSizeTikTok #ThriftHaul #Thrifting #Secondhand

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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!


Buffalo Exchange is Buying for Fall

Buffalo Exchange is Buying for Fall!

Summer almost being over is definitely a bummer, but we can’t help but to be excited for the cool breeze of fall — and the chill fall outfits! Buffalo Exchange is buying for autumn and beyond, and we want to see your closet cleanout. As the temps get cooler, we’re looking to stock our store with sweaters, lightweight jackets, long sleeved tees, blouses and button-ups, and pants like jeans, corduroys and trendy leather trousers, just to name a few. For shoes and accessories, we’re in need of stylish sneakers, boots, hats and beanies. While you’re cleaning out your closet, don’t forget to check your keepsake drawers, too: we buy jewelry and designer pieces like handbags, wallets and sunglasses year-round!

Been a while since you sold? Check out everything you need to know about our revamped buying process here. When you’re ready to sell, find your nearest Buffalo Exchange location here and schedule an appointment online!


One Dollar Clothing Sale - Thru Clothing for the Community - 100% Proceeds Benefit Various Charities of Southern Arizona - Masks Required

Shop, Save and Fundraise at a Clothing for the Community® $1 Sale!

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 Clothing for the Community® program, Southern Arizona non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations can apply to receive large clothing donations from Buffalo Exchange. 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 $80,800 since 2015.


AmeriCorps – Arizona Serve $1 Clothing Sale

Date: Saturday, November 6th
Time: 9am-1pm (while supplies last)
Location: 1300 S Belvedere Ave, Tucson, AZ 85711
Payments Accepted: Cash only

MASKS REQUIRED

Tucson, connect with your community members and show your support to young adults working to make a difference in Pima and Yavapai county by shopping the Americorps – Arizona Serve $1 Sale! On Saturday, November 6th, wake up bright and early to shop a selection of clothing, shoes and accessories for all seasons at Arizona Serve’s headquarters located at 1300 S Belvedere Ave. 100% of the proceeds will benefit Arizona Serve’s work to place AmeriCorps members with local organizations to address poverty in our communities. 


Presidio School $1 Clothing Sale

Date: Saturday, November 13th
Time: 9am-1pm
Location: 1695 E Fort Lowell Rd, Tucson, AZ 85719

MASKS REQUIRED

Hey Tucson, we’ve got another chance to save big headed your way! We’ve partnered up with Presidio Schools for a Clothing for the Community $1 Sale on Saturday, November 13th. Stop by 1695 E. Fort Lowell Rd. to shop for a great cause — 100% of the proceeds will go to this award-winning, non-profit school and their efforts to close the achievement gap. $1 items go quickly, so be sure to get there early with cash or card in hand! Card purchases limited to $20 and up.

 


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.

summer style trends, Person wearing vintage gray leisure suit with colorful floral shirt underneath

 

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.

summer style trends, cropped shot of someone wearing transparent plastic shoes covered in stickers, white socks and rolled up jeans

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!

 


Shop for Fall at Buffalo Exchange

Shop Sustainably for Your Fall Wardrobe at Buffalo Exchange!

Do you feel that breeze? Fall is on the horizon, and so is your chill new wardrobe! For an auspicious start to your autumnal style, shop sustainably at Buffalo Exchange. Our racks are stocked with current fall trends like chunky knit cardigans, platform loafers, leather pants, long-sleeved dresses and classic button-downs and blouses. If you’re a student, grab back to school staples like cool tees and sweaters, great denim and fly footwear like sneakers and boots. Ready to shop? Before you go, try cleaning out your closet and selling your extra pieces! The still-stylish things you haven’t worn since last fall could become 25% back in cash or 50% back in store credit to fund your 2021 look. Find your local Buffalo Exchange and schedule an appointment to sell here!


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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Buffalo Exchange Donates $5,000 to Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona’s Unidas Program

 

This spring, Buffalo Exchange sponsored the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona’s Unidas, a philanthropic program that serves teens by teaching them how to give back to their local community. “We are incredibly excited and thankful for Buffalo Exchange’s generous gift and commitment to support Unidas each spring,” says Dr. Amalia Luxardo, WFSA’S CEO. “Their donation will not only enable our budding teen philanthropists to award a local grant, but will also give them a firsthand look at corporate social responsibility.”

 

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Photo from 2019 Unidas meeting

 

Focused on fostering a philanthropic spirit and supplying the knowledge and tools to create change in the community, Unidas gives young women the opportunity to grow while creating interpersonal connections with peers and mentors that will last a lifetime. “Unidas has given me so much valuable perspective on the world around me. I have met so many amazing, strong… inspiring young women through Unidas, which I wouldn’t have otherwise,” says Unidas participant Dylan Greenhill. “I have grown as a person, ally and advocate.”

 

Single member of Unidas stands in a room, smiling for photo. Other Women's Foundation of Southern Arizona stand out of focus in the background.

 

Kerstin Block and daughter Rebecca Block, Founder & VP of Buffalo Exchange, are excited for this chance to support young women in Tucson: ““As a predominantly female company, we’ve always felt strongly about empowering women,” says Kerstin. “We also believe in the importance of giving back to the communities we’re apart of. The Unidas program not only empowers young women, but it teaches them to be our future’s philanthropists. We’re proud to support that mission.”

 

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Click here to learn more about Unidas and the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona. For more of Buffalo Exchange’s community support initiatives, visit our Giving Back page!