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 […]Full Story
What’s up, Portland! Have you found your Halloween costume yet? On Saturday, October 27th come hang out with our costume stylists at Buffalo Exchange Portland (Hawthorne) to make your SPOOKtacular costume dreams come true. We’ll have tons of treats for you — pop into the store on the 27th and spin the wheel for your […]View Events
Hey, Guys! Clean out your closet and bring in your past faves to Buffalo Exchange for cash or in-store credit on the spot! We’re looking for excellent fall and winter styles, including sweaters, jackets, denim, shoes and accessories. We love everyday basics, current trends and designer as well as great vintage and unique items. Don’t forget […]View Wanted
What We’re Looking For
Selling your clothing and accessories is now easier than ever! Simply request a bag online, fill it up and drop it off at UPS. We’ll handle the rest! Our Sell By Mail program is looking for men’s and women’s clothing and accessories. We buy the best of all seasons, all year round, and we accept all sizes. We need men’s and women’s sweaters and jackets, pants, shorts, button-ups, blouses, tees and more, so send us your closet cleanout today. Don’t forget that we take accessories like jewelry and handbags as well as one-of-a-kind finds!
Brands We Love (Sell By Mail Only!)
We’re looking for brands like Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Topshop, Free People, Madewell, Lucky Brand, J.Crew, Lululemon, Loft, Gap, Zara, ASOS, AG, Ralph Lauren, PAIGE, Rag & Bone, Vince, Marc Jacobs, The North Face, Nike, Eileen Fisher, Abercrombie & Fitch, HUF, Adidas, American Eagle, Kate Spade, Patagonia, Zara Man, Coach, Vans, Rebecca Minkoff, Banana Republic, Michael Kors, Topman, Bloomingdale’s, Barneys NY, Nordstrom, Stussy, Cole Haan and Calvin Klein.
How To Get Started
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!
Philadelphia Magazine featured Buffalo Exchange Manager Mike Shaffer in “I Love My Job: Philly Buffalo Exchange Manager on Why He Doesn’t Take Most of Your Clothes” on July 30, 2018: “Imagine being able to influence the closets of thousands of Philadelphians, from the shoes they rock one summer to the accessories they hold on to for years. That’s what Mike Shaffer has done each day since he’s worked at Philadelphia’s Buffalo Exchange… Shaffer has learned a lot about style, building customer relationships, running a business…”
By Amelia Gotobed
Have you ever been told plaid is drab? Or that socks and sandals are a no go? Well not anymore! With some fun new styling ideas, plaid can be the best pattern in your closet. As for socks and sandals, that’s a look I will always be a fan of. Follow along as I show you how to wear my favorite weird trends!
Not Your Average Tube Sock
Pair a fun pair of socks with heels and you have A LookTM. This brightly colored patterned sock puts an unexpected twist on a fancy pair of block heels. I love the buckle on these and the fact that you can dress this look up or down. For a new take on the tube sock, look for socks that have a roll top.
When picking an outfit to go with your socks-sandals combo, keep your accent colors in mind and match your socks to that. Here, I matched the yellow polka dots to the yellow flowers on the pants.
All Buffalo Exchange stores are gearing up for cooler days! Refresh your wardrobe for the coming months by going through your closet and bagging up your past favorites. Bring your clothing and accessories in for cash or trade towards sweet new styles. We’re in need of long sleeve tees, button ups, fall blouses, sweaters and jackets! Don’t forget: we also take shoes, jewelry and one-of-a-kind vintage pieces. Still cleaning our some great summer items? Bring those in too – we always buy the best of all seasons!
How To Sell
To sell, just bring your closet cleanout in anytime we’re open, along with a valid government issued ID. Find out the two easy steps for selling your clothing on the blog!
If you’re not near one of our stores, try our Sell by Mail program! It’s as simple as requesting a pre-paid shipping bag online, filling it up and sending it in.
Fall is finally on it’s way! Break out the booties, stock up on sweaters and jam out in jackets – your local Buffalo Exchange has it all! Stop by to refresh your winter wardrobe with everything you need. Plus be sure to clean out your past favorites to make room for more and even earn trade towards your purchase. See ya soon!
By Jessica Pruitt, Buffalo Exchange HQ
Ok guys, I’m going to level with you: moving to a new city is really hard! When I decided to leave behind my best friends and family for the sand-colored pastures of Tucson, AZ, I was bright-eyed and bushy tailed. Even though I was going to miss our Portland, Oregon store, where I had first started with the company as a Buyer and then Associate Manager, I was excited to be taking on a new role in the Buffalo Exchange Marketing Department. I fancied myself to be bold, daring, independent. And so I packed all my worldly possessions into my teeny-tiny Chevy Spark and tottered my way down to the desert. When I got here, though, I wasn’t quite so bold and daring as I thought. Instead, when I wasn’t at work, I spent a lot of time feeling lonely and out-of-place. Here’s what I did to ease my way into life in a brand new city!
Appreciate Your New Surroundings
The best way to get your bearings after moving to a new city is to get out and see what it has to offer. Take a walking photo tour of the downtown area – no doubt, you’ll happen across cool murals, interesting architecture and local restaurants you might like to try. In my case, I even came across a beautiful end-to-end rainbow (thanks, desert monsoons!). A photo tour is especially great because it’ll give you the chance to show off your new neighborhood to all of your friends and family back home.
My first priority when moving to a new city? Finding out where to shop! Go figure that the Buffalo Exchange here quickly became my favorite place to buy clothes in Tucson. Since each store buys most of its inventory from people in the neighborhood, shopping at Buffalo is also a good way to get a feel for the local area.
Try a New Hobby
Always wanted to learn woodworking or take piano lessons? Now’s your chance! Before moving to a new city, make a list of hobbies you’d like to try and start researching classes or teachers. Personally, I started voice lessons, choir, a fiction writing workshop, kickboxing, rock climbing and eventually even played in a musical. It kept me very busy, but I don’t regret a single late night – after all, how many chances do you have to devote yourself wholeheartedly to your own interests?
Join a Club
Joining a club is a great way to meet likeminded new people and get involved in a local community. No matter what you’re interested in, there’s probably a club (or at least a Meetup or Facebook group) for it, so get Googling! When I found myself moving to a new city, I decided it might be cool to take up caving, so I did a quick Google search for “caving club” and found out when their next meeting was. Little did I know that the people I met there would become some of my closest friends in the area! Not only did I find something I was extremely passionate about, but I found a community that I really felt like I belonged to – definitely a make or break decision.
Moving to a New City? Get Out and Explore!
No matter where you move to, there’s guaranteed to be something cool about it – a beautiful hiking area, a breathtaking viewpoint, a phenomenal art museum, a fun amusement park or an artsy historic town. As you’re settling into your new space, start making a bucket list of things to do in the area. Then, when you’re feeling homesick, get out your calendar and start scheduling them out.
When I found myself laying on the floor of my studio apartment in existential despair – oh wait, did I say that out loud? – it helped to have something to look forward to other than a weekend alone putting together Ikea furniture. My Tucson/Arizona bucket list included everything from the botanic gardens and the planetarium to the historic mining town of Bisbee and the Grand Canyon.
Keep at It!
The number one rule of moving to a new city, though, is keeping at it! When the going gets tough and you miss your friends and family back home, keep on putting yourself out there, trying new activities and being the fierce, independent person you are. You never know when one thing will lead to the next and finally click into place. I’ll admit that I felt pretty homesick the first 6 months or so. I felt like I’d finally landed my dream position and was proud of myself for making such a bold move, but it took a while to make some good friends and feel at home in a strange land. All things in time. You’ll soon be rolling down the streets of your new city like you always lived there! In the meantime, if you ever need to see a friendly face, just stop by Buffalo Exchange. We’re happy to give recommendations for fun things to do in your local area!
Houstonites, have you been missing us? If you didn’t know that we moved a while back, now is the perfect time to check out our sweet digs in the Montrose District at 2901 S. Shepherd Dr! We’re still buying the best of all seasons for men and women, just like old times. We’ll see y’all soon!