Austin >Buffalo Exchange
Definitely not as cheap as some of the other thrift stores around town, but that's because Buffalo Exchange straddles the line between "thrift" and "vintage." I say the mark-up is worth it, though -- probably a good half of my wardrobe comes from Buffalo Exchange, including three pairs of jeans that fit perfectly.
Buffalo Bulls**t. I have been to Buffalo Exchange a few times and pretty much accept those trips as a few hours of my life I'll never get back. I read some of the other poor reviews on this site and generally agree. They have their hipster employees scowl at the stuff you bring in to knock you down a notch and make you think it's worthless so that you'll sell it to them at a really low price. They then turn around and mark it up 600% and sell it to the other hipster sheep in the store with too much money in their pockets. Save you time and energy. Give your stuff to goodwill or salvation army where the profits will go to people who really need the help.
Bargain Hunting Pays Off!. I just discovered Buffalo Exchange about two months ago, but I have had nothing but great experiences! I went in to sell some old clothes that I'd outgrown, and since I was a first timer, the super sweet buyer explained their system to me. If they decide to buy something from you, they mark it with a price right away. You either get 50% of their sell price in store credit or 30% in cash. Not too shabby! She also explained that certain brands (like from Target or Old Navy), they don't usually buy because the store trends change so often. Makes sense and seems pretty reasonable to me. Their inventory constantly changes and since they buy from random people, their selection is always random. I have found some great deals here, you may just have to spend some time looking for them!
retail doesnt mean that your in the "fashion industry". snooty store employees who think they are on the cutting edge of fashion... allow me to let you in on a little well known secret: no one who has been out of texas much less austin thinks you are a fashionista. your frumpy 80's dress, lame headband and cowboy boots make you look like a tool and not the runway model you think you are. this place is a joke. you get judged more on what you look like than what you have come to sell. if you arent dressed like a "buyer" or store employee than they pretty much let you know. i find better deals at the thrift stores than here. its also a pain to get to. overpriced used stuff with fickle buyers that have poor taste, poor selection and bad attitudes.
Not quite a vintage boutique, not quite a thrift store: Chic clothes on these racks are the coolest castoffs around..
The first Buffalo Exchange opened in 1974 in Tucson, Arizona, and has since become a famous-label junkie's delight. The eclectic inventory is built by loyal customers who bring in former favorites from their own closets to sell or trade. A constant turnaround of lightly worn men's and women's clothing and accessories keeps the bargain-hunting ground fertile for finds from the likes of Kate Spade, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and others.
The first few times that I went to the exchange I was unimpressed with what i saw. used t-shirts at prices that you'd see at a retail store. The first time I sold, however, I was happy. I recieved 30 bux for a box full of junk clothes that my mom gave my girlfreind (that she never would wear...clothes I'll add she bought at walmart) the next time I went in (with some of the same junk they wouldn't take the last time and a few of my own things) I got about 70$. This last time today I went in with designer jeans and slacks and a few hoodies (zooyork, famous exc..) some brand new polo's that still had tags on them (some of the pants even had the tags on them) AND THE B*#$h WORKING THE COUNTER WOULDNT TAKE ANY OF IT!..she offered me 20$ for a famous hoody I paid 100$ for...I reluctantly agreed to that because I needed the gas money after being screwed over by a promoter at a gig in the valley. I also brought back an old blazer that I figured someone overtly trendy would love and she says "this isnt something we'd EVER buy" which was kind of funny..being that I bought it there in the first place. (yes I informed her of that..she had nothing to say other than.."well..i'm not buying it"..all this being said..I walked to the check out counter to get what I thought was going to be 20$ for the famous hoody and was handed 6$!!!... I responded with "the ticket says 19.99"..to which he responded.."thats instore credit..you'd only get 6$ out the door"..I politely handed the money back to him and went back to the smelly dirty blonde hippy that gave me the ticket and asked for my jacket back..before handing it back she removed a price tag that was already placed on it for 60$!!...THEY WERE GOING TO GIVE ME 6$ FOR MY JACKET AND SALE IT FOR 60$!!!!!
So i've come to the conclusion that what you get for your trade ins depends on the taste or "style" of the moron working the register...that is called..inconsistency..I wouldnt recomnd that place to anyone ever again....
Beautiful and stylish clothes at great prices, easy selling of clothes. I always have luck in selling my new and used clothes and finding beautiful and extraordinary ones. Great store, good prices.
trendy clothes and great staff.. I have to honestly say that I am baffled by some of the awful reviews. I have been to this buffalo exchange several times and have been very pleased with my entire experience. The last time I went I sold a shopping bag of clothes and was delighted when I was offered $75 in cash and $150 in trade. The staff was funny and friendly and I found several things that a loved including a stunning Betsey Johnson dress that I saw in the mall only a few months prior. I work in the resale business and I think people have unreasonable expectations when selling clothing. You have to understand that, much like a car, clothing loses it's value the minute you take it home. Also, resale is a BUSINESS. They can't sell an item for the same amount you purchased it at. That would be silly and not very lucrative. If said resale store does not think they can make money off your clothing why would they buy them? Buyers have to have a tough skin; turning people down several times a day and getting told off on a daily basis can jade you bit. All in all I think Buffalo Exchange Austin is a great store and I will be back very soon to sell and purchase. I absolutely recommend this store to anyone in search of a great deal!!!
Clothing exchange at the price of your self respect!.
Buffalo has decent used attire at often outrageously expensive prices. I brought in a box of clothes to sell (after hearing friends' woes and having been advised against it) only to be scoffed at by a disdainful employee in a very foolish haircut who held up my purchases between two fingers and curled her lips in distaste at each item. F minus on customer service. We're not all selling clothes to keep ourselves out of the poorhouse. Some of us just like to keep things tidy. I won't complain about the service because I can't whine about getting money for used items. Human decency is apparently not, however, on the application for employment.
On the plus side, Buffalo gives back to the community if you choose to opt out of a bag. They also offer a dropoff for clothes that they are not interested in buying, and supposedly these go to charity. Nifty.
All in all, I recommend that you grow a good, strong backbone before attempting to sell. If you must be in style at all times (and style means other peoples' used unwanteds) then the exchange bit is fabulous. I'll continue to shop at the Salvation Army for my thrift-store purchases, though, and I'd rather deal with their people and make no money than deal with Buffalo's and get paid.
buys stuff for little to nothing. I really used to like buffalo exchange in california, now living in texas the only thing that has changed is the people. Same store, same concept. As a customer there and a seller I was really bothered by the low offers I recieved on some items, ex.( a genuine BeBe dress) I was offered $15 dollars for it and the sad thing is I get 35% of that in cash = $5.25 for a dress I paid atleast $130. I'm just ranting here, but all in all if you want to buy cute clothes at ok prices Do, if you want to sell clothes, have a garage sale.
I heart buffalo. Y'all trash talkers are crazy! Buffalo is great. If you bring in good stuff, they'll buy it. I also find really good things to buy every time I go there. Employees are helpful, it's pretty much the best place to shop in Austin
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