Written By Whitney Blomquist
Recently graduating college, moving to a new city, and searching for a new job has taken a toll on my wallet. My lack of money has turned into something fun, giving me the chance to scour Philadelphia in search of the best deals. First stop: Buffalo Exchange, a well-known shop amongst Philadelphians, but very new to me.
1713 Chestnut Street
Buffalo Exchange is a convenient buy, sell, and trade clothing store located at 17th and Chestnut. Here you can sell your clothes for cash or trade them for store credit. It’s best to trade because you will get more store credit than cash.
They offer new and recycled clothing and have an upbeat, friendly staff. If you have time to dedicate to searching the racks you will end up with a few great pieces. There are also steeply discounted racks throughout the store with great steals.
The Not So Good:
Buffalo Exchange does not give you anything near what you know your clothes are worth. Try not to cringe when the cashier tells you your $200 boots are now $12 boots. That being said, it is still a super easy and time efficient way to get some money for stuff you never wear anymore. It’s also a hit or miss kind of store. Some days you can find several items you love, others you can’t find a thing even worth trying on.
When I go thrifting, like most, I don’t typically look for whole outfits. I buy things I know will go well with most of the clothes I already have. I purchased four pieces at Buffalo Exchange that I was able to integrate perfectly into my wardrobe.
Shirt: Kembrel, Lovemarks $29.00
Shorts: Buffalo Exchange, Tea n Rose $10.50
Shoes: Rack Room, X Appeal $30.00
Sweater: Calvin Klein, Buffalo Exchange $22.50
Shirt: My boyfriends H&M button up, $24.99
Shorts: American Apparel bloomers, on sale $12.00
Shoes: Aldo, hand-me-downs from my mom $Free
Shirt: Buffalo Exchange, ASOS $7.50
Pants: Buffalo Exchange, H&M $12.00
Shoes: Belks, Nine West on sale for $29.99