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
Calling all closet-cleaner-outers: Buffalo Exchange wants your menswear! For a limited time at select locations, you’ll receive a $5 off coupon to get your closet ready for the cooler weather when you include 5 men’s items in your selling bag! Here are the locations currently participating: Albuquerque San Francisco (Haight St) San Francisco (Mission) San […]View Events
We’ll be restarting in-person selling, still by appointment only, soon! The following Buffalo Exchange locations are currently taking in-person appointments or are starting soon. Currently Taking in-Person Selling Appointments: Boston (Allston) Boston (Somerville) Chicago (Andersonville) Chicago (Wicker Park) Pittsburgh Philadelphia Santa Monica San Diego (Hillcrest) Richmond In-Person Selling Starting Saturday, 9/19: Ventura Melrose Fullerton Sherman […]View Wanted
We’ll be restarting in-person selling, still by appointment only, soon! The following Buffalo Exchange locations are currently taking in-person appointments or are starting soon.
Currently Taking in-Person Selling Appointments:
- Boston (Allston)
- Boston (Somerville)
- Chicago (Andersonville)
- Chicago (Wicker Park)
- Santa Monica
- San Diego (Hillcrest)
In-Person Selling Starting Saturday, 9/19:
- Sherman Oaks
- Long Beach
All other Buffalo Exchange locations will start accepting in-person selling appointments on Tuesday, September 22.
In the meantime, you can still schedule drop-off selling appointments. Here’s how it works:
- Call ahead to schedule a drop-off selling appointment! If you’re new to selling or it’s been awhile, please have your ID on hand when you call so that we can get you set up in our system.
- Please limit your cleanout to about 50 items & allow them to sit for 24 hours, untouched, before dropping them off.
- Remember to wear your mask and bring your ID when you drop off your items.
- Your items will sit overnight before we look through, so it may take up to 3 days to process your items.
- When we’re done, we’ll call you to let you know your totals. Get paid 30% of our selling price in cash via PayPal or 50% in a Digital Store 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
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.
Calling all closet-cleaner-outers: Buffalo Exchange wants your menswear! For a limited time at select locations, you’ll receive a $5 off coupon to get your closet ready for the cooler weather when you include 5 men’s items in your selling bag! Here are the locations currently participating:
- San Francisco (Haight St)
- San Francisco (Mission)
- San Diego (Pacific Beach)
- San Diego (Hillcrest)
- Santa Monica
- Costa Mesa
Call your local Buffalo to make a selling appointment today! For more information, visit BuffaloExchange.com/How-It-Works.
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.
Summer flew by and fall is on the way! We’re looking to buy for fall and the best of all seasons. As the temps get cooler, we’re in need of sweaters, lightweight 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!
Ah, summertime! Even though your summer outings may feel a little different than usual this year, it’s still important to look and feel your best! Remix and refresh your warm-weather wardrobe by incorporating a few trends that can carry you straight into the next season. Read ahead for our favorite summer-to-fall, warm-weather trends that you can shop and rock without putting a dent in your bank account.
Beige, cream, gray and everything in-between, neutral shades are seasonless wardrobe staples. Right now, we’re particularly loving breezy midi dresses, short suits made of cotton and linen and comfy cropped pants that are perfect for any temperature.
When it comes to warm-weather trends, botanical prints – particularly those with leaves – are your best fronds! Try them out in the form of a casual button-up or a flirty, retro-inspired dress.
Neons for Eons
The neon trend shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon and, honestly, we wouldn’t have it any other way — saturated day-glo hues are surprisingly versatile and can be muted or turned all the way up depending on your mood. Incorporate neons into your warm-weather wardrobe with a balance of long and short pieces: a trucker jacket paired with a mini skirt, graphic tees paired with joggers or a rad matching sweater and short-set!
Go for Gingham
We challenge you to tell us any print that’s more glorious for warm weather than gingham. This summertime staple simply never goes out of style! We love it in creative iterations like cropped pants and ruffle-detail skirts.
And now, for our favorite warm-weather trend: a face mask! With a wide assortment of prints, solids, ties and elastics to choose from, there’s no shortage of ways to style them to match your existing wardrobe. However you choose to rock it, remember that you’re doing yourself and everyone around you a great service!
Now that you’ve gotten some fresh inspiration for your warm-weather wardrobe, shop the trends at Buffalo Exchange! We’re stocked with tons of great pieces for this season and beyond. If you have a closet cleanout you’ve been waiting to sell, call your local store to set up a drop-off selling appointment. We’ll see you soon!
Whether you recently made an appointment to drop off 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:
- Stores have reduced hours and limit the number of shoppers.
- Masks are required!
- Socially distance and keep 6 feet between yourself and others.
- Dressing rooms are closed (for now), but our exchange policy is extended
- We offer contactless payment like Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay (cash and card still accepted!)
Wear a Mask!
Before you head into your local Buffalo, keep in mind that many of our stores have reduced hours and are allowing a limited number of shoppers in at a time, so be sure to check your local Buffalo Exchange’s store hours. Once you’re good to go, remember to grab your mask! This is important and helps keep our stores safe: masks are required for customers and store employees alike, and must be worn covering your nose and your mouth through the duration of your time in the store.
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!
New Protocols for Trying On
For the time being, our dressing rooms are closed — a bummer for those of us who love a good shopping montage, we know! But bear with us, we’ve extended our exchange policy to a full 10 days. With extra time to try on at home, you can say “yes!” to that dress or bring it back to return for store credit. Just remember to hold on to your receipt and keep the tags attached! As usual, sale items are still non-returnable.
For shoes and accessories, you’re still able to try on in-store — just place the items that don’t work out into the designated baskets, next to the shoe racks or on top of the jewelry counters. From there, our employees will sanitize the items before they’re placed back onto the sales floor.
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.
That’s it! With these new safety protocols in addition to a whole new way for customers to sell their closet cleanouts, we’re excited to welcome everyone back for some sustainable shopping. We appreciate all the support we received from the community and can’t wait to see you all back in the store again soon!
We have a handful of new guidelines in place to help us buy, sell and trade responsibly for the good of our customers, employees and public health at large! Along with regular sanitation, sneeze guards at counters and mandatory face masks for everyone in the store, we’ve made some updates to the buying process. Whether you’ve been doing a major wardrobe overhaul or just a quick closet edit, now’s the time to bring in your cleanout! Read ahead to learn everything you need to know about the new way of selling at Buffalo Exchange.
- Step 1: Call your local Buffalo to make an in-person selling appointment!
- Step 2: Limit your cleanout to 50 items. Launder them and let them sit, untouched, for 24 hours.
- Step 3: Grab your mask & your ID and head to your selling appointment.
- Step 4: Get paid via PayPal or a Digital Trade Card!
Setting Up Your Appointment to Sell
First things first: give your local Buffalo a quick call to set up an appointment. If you’re a new seller or it’s been a while since you sold, we’ll get you set up in the system in advance, so have a valid government-issued ID like a Driver’s License ready when you call. While you’re on the phone with us, it’s the perfect opportunity to chat with your Buyer about what they’re currently buying or ask any lingering questions you might have about the new selling process. Once you’ve gotten your appointment secured, you’re ready to move onto the fun part: cleaning out your closet!
Should it Stay or Should it Go? Collecting Your Closet Cleanout
Right now, we’re asking everyone to limit the number of items you’re selling to about 50 (including shoes, bags, jewelry etc). Freshly launder those items, then set ’em and forget ’em: leave them to sit untouched for at least 24 hours before your appointment.
Your In-Person Selling Appointment
When it’s time for your appointment, grab your ID (Driver’s License or Passport is ideal) and your face mask and head into the store. Please make sure to be on time for your appointment – if you’re more than 10 minutes late, you’ll need to reschedule. Once you’re there, a Buyer will greet you, check your ID and get started looking through. Any items we’re able to buy will sit overnight, untouched, before we place them out on the sales floor.
Getting Paid and Cashing Out
Getting paid for your cleanout is now more convenient than ever. Choose between a PayPal payment or a Digital Trade Card (which never expires, just like the traditional card)!
Our protocols are evolving as we go, so stay tuned. Thank you for your patience and understanding! Staying a little closer to home for now? You can also sell your closet cleanout through our Sell By Mail program. Just request a prepaid shipping bag online, send it in and get paid!