By Jessica Pruitt In 1974, when Kerstin Block first had the idea for a different sort of secondhand shop, she never expected it to grow into what it is today – she just followed her love of thrift store shopping. “I came upon the idea that there must be other people who are equally addicted […]Full Story
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Give back this holiday season at Buffalo Exchange Boston and New York! Now through December 22nd, these seven stores are getting into the holiday spirit by holding food and clothing drives for those in need. Check out the details on where to donate below!
Buffalo Exchange Boston:
When you come in to sell at Buffalo Exchange Brookline or Somerville, you can choose to donate any winter items that we’re unable to buy to Haley House, a nonprofit organization in Boston that provides food, shelter, education and employment opportunities to those in need. If you choose to donate, you’ll receive a $5 off coupon for your next purchase or $25 or more!
Buffalo Exchange New York:
Bring three or more non-perishable food items to any New York City Buffalo Exchange location (Astoria, Boerum Hill, Chelsea, East Village, NoHo or Williamsburg) and receive a $5 off coupon towards your next purchase (limit one per customer). All food donated will go directly to City Harvest and the Astoria Food Bank.
This holiday season, stuff your stockings with sustainable style by purchasing a Buffalo Exchange gift card! It always fits and is the gift that keeps on giving. Plus, from November 27th through December 24th, purchase a gift card worth $50 or more in-store and you’ll receive a FREE REUSABLE TOTE! Use it as extra-special gift wrapping or keep it for yourself (you deserve it!). While you’re here, be sure to browse our fun selection of stocking stuffers, holiday sweaters and cozy knits.
P.S. Free totes are in-store only, but if you’re planning on doing all your shopping online, you can also purchase Digital Gift Cards at BuffaloExchange.com/Gift-Cards. Happy gifting!
The holiday season is upon us! We will be closing early at 5pm on December 24th and will be closed December 25. We will also be closing early at 5pm on December 31 and will be closed on January 1. Our racks are stocked with cozy knits, fun holiday sweaters, stocking stuffers and more, so stop by for all your giftable goodies. Or, stuff your stockings with sustainable style by purchasing a Buffalo Exchange gift card! Now through December 24th, you’ll receive a free tote when you purchase a gift card for $50 or more. Wishing you all safe and happy holidays and a happy New Year!
- 12/24: All Stores Closing Early at 5pm
- 12/25: All Stores Closed
- 12/31: All Stores Closing Early at 5pm
- 1/1: All Stores Closed
Brrr, it’s cold outside! We’re buying for winter and the best of all seasons. As the temps get cooler, we’re in need of cozy knits, jackets, long-sleeved tees, blouses and button-ups, as well as great denim. Boots, cross-body bags, hats and beanies are definitely on our list as well. Don’t forget that we take jewelry and designer pieces like handbags, wallets and even sunglasses year-round!
For more information on our current selling protocols, visit BuffaloExchange.com/How-It-Works. If you’re not quite ready to physically venture out to your local Buffalo Exchange, this is a great time to try out our Sell By Mail program! Just request a bag online, fill it with your items and send it out (for FREE!) with UPS. In a few short weeks, we’ll send your cash and trade totals directly to your inbox. We can’t wait to see the amazing things waiting in your closet!
By Jessica Pruitt
I’m gonna be honest. I’m not much of a seamstress. So whenever a cherished piece of clothing needs a fix, big or small, it generally goes in a pile for that magical day when I decide to bust out the sewing machine and get crafty. Key word being magical. When that day doesn’t come for years and years, it’s usually time to admit that I need to give those pieces the boot. But no more! With these handy style hacks, you can easily give your pants the perfect fit or make a beloved wardrobe staple feel fresh again.
@buffaloexchangeThat perfect fit. ##stylehacks
How to Cinch Up Too-Loose Pants
Favorite pair of pants just a little on the loose side? With a shoelace or ribbon, you can easily give them the perfect fit. Just lace through a couple of belt loops and tie up!
@buffaloexchangeJeans to joggers in 20 seconds! ##stylehacks
Turn Your Jeans Into Joggers
If you’re tired of your wide-leg jeans, give ’em a fresh spin by temporarily transforming into joggers with just a couple of hair ties!
@buffaloexchangeUp your oversized button-up game. ##stylehacks
How to Tuck In an Oversized Button-Up
Button-up billowing out? Give it the perfect fit by unbuttoning the bottom and tucking each piece into the opposite side of your jeans. Voila!
@buffaloexchangeTee to crop-top in no time flat. ##stylehacks
How to Turn Your Tee Into a Crop Top
I don’t know about you, but I’ve regretted cropping many a tee. In some cases, though, the outfit just calls for a crop top! Transform any tee temporarily by tucking the bottom edge into your bra.
@buffaloexchangeBodycon dresses are so versatile! ##stylehacks
How to Transform a Dress Into a Skirt
Pretty much any body-con dress can be turned into a skirt for a fresh look – simply tuck the top in!
@buffaloexchangeRaise your hand if you love a good fanny pack. ##stylehacks
Turn Your Cross-Body Bag Into a Fanny Pack
Several years later and fanny packs are still as popular as ever! If you’re not quite sure and want to give it a try, turn any cross-body bag into a fanny pack with a single hair tie.
@buffaloexchangePerfectly tucked tee that’ll stay for hours. ##stylehacks
Dot Your Is and Tuck In Your Tees
Trouble getting your tucked-in tee to stay? Just tie up each side with a hair tie and tuck it in – guaranteed to stay in place for hours.
Well there you have it – my top 7 style hacks! Whenever I’m cleaning out my closet, I like to try hacks like these before I decide to sell an item. If I still don’t love it, I throw it in the bag and make an appointment to sell at my local Buffalo Exchange! Nothing beats trading in my cleanout for a little retail therapy.
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 new Clothing for the Community® program, Southern Arizona non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations can apply to receive large clothing donations from Buffalo Exchange’s Sell By Mail program. 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 and we look forward to even more charities and organizations benefiting from these donations. Interested in hosting your own $1 Sale for your non-profit? Contact us!
Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona – CANCELLED
Date: Saturday, December 5
Where: 4300 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85711
Shop for a cause on Saturday, December 5 at the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona $1 Clothing Sale! Masks are required and only a certain number of people will be allowed in at a time to allow for physical distancing. No appointment needed to shop. Find clothing, shoes & accessories for just $1 apiece – check some items off your holiday gift list and pick up some treasures for yourself! Pay with cash or card.
By Marcella Willden
Wow, where did this year go? It’s already almost fall, but it feels like it was just yesterday when summer started! If you’re still not sure how to transition your looks from the warmer weather to cooler temps, we’ve got you covered! Keep reading for our fav fall trends.
Puff Sleeves & Prairiecore
This trend is one of my personal favorites! It’s the perfect transitional piece for any wardrobe and a definite entry point for the prairiecore trend. You can dress up or dress down, wear with boots or sandals, you name it! Invest in one of these and it will become your go-to look for any season.
Layer on the style this fall with blouses that are light on opacity and big on volume. Sheer pieces like this add something special to any look and are great for in-between temps where you can’t quite tell whether you’re hot or cold.
Pumpkin spice anybody? Let’s be honest, as soon as the temps dip below 90, I pull out everything rust-hued. There’s just something about this warm tone that brings all the fall feels.
Slick Back in Metallics
I know what you’re thinking, but just hear me out! This fun metallic fabric will be your new favorite piece for out-of-this-world fall looks. Not ready to dive in with high-shine head-to-toe? Dabble in metallics with fun accessories like platform sneakers or a silver tote.
Blazer of Glory
And my final, most favorite fall trend? Oversized blazers! The layering possibilities are endless with these 80s-inspired pieces that come in fantastic runs of plaid and all variety of colors, from neutral to bright. Layer a tee underneath when it’s a bit warmer and add on a sweater as the temperature drops.
I don’t know about you, but writing about all these fall trends gave me a sudden hankering to give my wardrobe a fast fall update! BRB – I gotta call my local Buffalo Exchange to set up a drop-off selling appointment and clean out my closet so I can trade it in for cool-weather finds. Need to clear some space for your fall-worthy wardrobe? Buffalo Exchange is buying for fall and the best of all seasons (especially menswear), so give them a call! They pay 30% of their selling price via PayPal or 50% through a Digital Store Trade Card.
Can you feel the chill in the air? Halloween is almost here! Even though we may not be able to go door-to-door trick-or-treating or attend a public Halloween bash this year, there are still plenty of ways to party. Here are a few activities to help you get into the Halloween spirit:
- Carve pumpkins with your besties on Facetime
- Virtual haunted house tours
- Halloween movie marathon + (online) viewing party
- Visit an outdoor pumpkin patch or corn maze
- Send Trick-or-Treat emails to your friends (and don’t forget to send along something sweet, like a gift-card for goodies)!
- Host a virtual costume party on Zoom
Now that you’ve got a few ideas for how to celebrate while staying socially-distant, scroll through for some of our favorite Halloween costumes!
Crown yourself the May Queen of Halloween in a Midsommar group costume!
Brave Halloween night as one of our favorite fearless book characters, Coraline.
We’re off to see the wizard — and the wonderful world of Halloween costumes at Buffalo Exchange!
Cross Halloween costume shopping off your list with the Kill Bill duo.
A Mean Girls group costume? That is so fetch!
DIY spaghetti and meatball costume? Now that’s what we call an ‘outfit recipe’!
Zoinks, it’s the witches – actually, it’s the Hex Girls! Team up with your squad, Zoom style, for a Mystery Inc group costume.
Put a smile on everyone’s face this Halloween with a spot-on Joker costume.
For a well-balanced breakfast – we mean, Halloween costume – shop at Buffalo Exchange.
One of our favorite dynamic duos from under-the-sea, Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy from Spongebob Squarepants!
For Halloween looks that really snap, crackle and pop, DIY your own cereal mascot ensemble.
We’re seeing double with this Tethered ‘US’couples costume!
We SPY a groovy group costume: Austin Powers, Dr. Evil and more!
Spotted: Cruella De Vil and 1 of 101 Dalmatians!
Spotted: Cruella De Vil and 1 of 101 Dalmatians
Racing to find a last-minute costume? Mario and Princess Peach costumes will take you to the finish line!
Before the party’s over, dress up like our favorite ‘Bad Guy’, Billie Eilish!
Now that you’ve seen just a few of our favorite Halloween costumes, head to your local Buffalo Exchange to recreate one of these looks (or create your own — the possibilities are endless!). Before you go, you might want to take a look through your closet to see if you have any costume pieces to sell — we’re buying for Halloween (and fall, of course), and your costumes from last year could transform into cash or trade to spend on a spooktacular new look. Have a happy, safe and socially distanced Halloween, from Buffalo Exchange!
By Marcella Willden
As I’m sure it did for many of you, 2020 sure shifted around my plans for the summer, but after spending LOTS of time at home, my family and I decided to do a 3-day social distancing vacay to the lake to get some fresh scenery and fresh air. Read ahead to see some of my packing essentials for a quick and safe family trip.
As Many Cute Swimsuits as Possible!
Whenever I know I’ll be swimming daily, I like to pack multiple swimsuits so that I can 1) maximize my outfit possibilities and 2) have a dry one to put on every day. As a bonus, these can be mixed and matched with your other items to create cute lakeside outfits.
Fresh and Comfy T-shirts
I live in Arizona where summers are H-O-T hot, so when I’m packing for local trips, I like to include plenty of lightweight, breathable T-shirts. Cotton is great in the summer because, if you get it wet, it’ll keep you cool.
Cute Shorts and Skirts
Even though I know I’ll mostly wear swimsuits, I always like to pack a pair of my favorite jeans shorts or a cute skirt to wear at the end of the day and while we’re driving.
Sandals, Sandals, Sandals!
For trips to the lake like this one, I always like to bring two pairs of sandals: one that I can get wet and a cute pair that’s good for walking around the marina.
And last but not least? Don’t forget to pack cute masks to wear while you’re on the road. If you’re heading out on a roadtrip to a nearby destination, happy packing! Need to refresh your summer vacay wardrobe? Head to your local Buffalo Exchange to shop for some late summer finds, social distancing style. And if your packing happened to inspire a closet cleanout, make sure to call ahead to schedule a drop-off selling appointment!
This past July, Buffalo Exchange Tucson hosted a socially distanced Dollar Sale to raise money for the Equal Justice Initiative. This fantastic organization works hard to end mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the U.S., challenge racial and economic injustice, and protect basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in America. The sale generated $2,390, with all proceeds going directly to the Equal Justice Initiative.
During this sale, we tried out a variety of new strategies to ensure a safe shopping environment for customers and employees. For example, we limited it to no more than 45 shoppers at a time in the large parking lot of the store; customers signed up in advance for a shopping time slot; and boxes of clothing were spaced at least six feet apart, while proper use of masks was required for all. We also had customers count their items into trash bags to reduce contact and encouraged contactless payment options like Venmo and PayPal.
Overall, the sale was a great success! Customers were able to shop safely while scoring some amazing deals and supporting a great cause. Soon, we hope to hold more socially distanced $1 sales at all of our stores to raise money for a wide variety Black non-profit organizations.