Keep Your Underwear to Yourself. Please!
If you’re anything like me, you struggle even to fit another hanger in your closet, let alone a new outfit. Before running to IKEA for another brilliant solution to conceal all your stuff, why not make a little room for new goodies by cleaning out those cluttered drawers and donating your old clothes and accessories?
A good rule of thumb is, for every new “thing”, an old “thing” should go.
Enter Buffalo Exchange. You frequent shoppers probably already know about this great, and I do mean GREAT, store. For the rest of you, it’s definitely a place worth visiting. Buffalo is unique in the way they buy, sell, and trade. In every Buffalo there is a counter with a funky welcome staff who, as long as you are 16 years old (or bring a parent with you) and have a valid state I.D., will evaluate which of your old clothes and accessories are “sellable.” Then, for every item taken, they will pay you 35% of the item’s value in cash or 50% of its value in store credit. For items that are not accepted for sale on the floor, Buffalo will gladly donate your stuff to a local charity.
Buffalo prefers clothing that is either relatively current in style or is a “classic” and has timeless appeal. Anything that has been seen in a mall in the past year (skinny jeans, polka dots, flashy reds, or rocker hot) or is basic and will never go out of style (black tank tops, savvy designer brands in jeans and dresses) is fair game. The clothes must also be in good condition, clean, no missing buttons or obvious holes or tears. Buffalo no longer accepts room wares, but will consider all designer labels, shoes, designer sunglasses, bags, and of course, all types of clothing. Remember, Buffalo tries to appeal to all styles—punk, preppy, boho, beachy, trendy, classic—and all ages—teens, parents, college kids, even grandparents! So do not be afraid to bring in anything: converse high-top sneakers, your grandma’s old “flapper” purse, jeans, jackets, even that somewhat-revealing top you wore for Halloween last year.
Christy Lorio, the Associate Manager of the 7th Street and Missouri Buffalo Exchange, explained that Buffalo really only has one rule: “the only thing we don’t take is underwear!”
Be generous with your things. Clean out that messy closet before it becomes a disaster zone. Ask yourself, am I really going to wear this in the next month or would it serve someone else better? Take your stuff to Buffalo to sell and maybe make a few extra bucks, or just donate your used items to places like the Salvation Army, Interfaith Cooperative Ministries (ICM), Thrift Shops of the Boys’ and Girls’ Club, and Savers.
730 E. Missouri
Phoenix, AZ 85014
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Tempe, AZ 85281
1720 E. Warner Road
Tempe, AZ 85284
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2001 E. Speedway
Tucson, AZ 85719
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Tucson, AZ 85712
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