6170 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ | Directions 8571232.2359 -110.8609
Not quite a vintage boutique, not quite a thrift store: Chic clothes on these racks are the coolest castoffs around. – In Short
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.
Man, What a Gas! – The ultimate in hipness! This is where I found my heart's content of ripped-up jeans (a little pricey at $100 a pair, but worth it) and hip-sleazy bustiers, gorgeously cut to display my elaborate tattoos. Girlfriends, the place really swings. I saw a lady come in with a huge pile of very expensive career-gal ensembles (such as worn by Doris Day in "Pillow Talk") and do you know what? The hip chick behind the counter turned her down while at the same time swooning over a box of clothes that had been run over by a truck and still smelled of petrol! Man, what a gas. Since then I've gone in maybe five times a week. Can't get my fill. Will I ever have enough clothes? I seriously doubt it!
A RIP OFF IF YOU SELL OR BUY – Buffalo exchange is a really great concept - and I was excited to check this shop out, but major disappointment awaits. You will find that they won't give you much, but they expect you to shell out more than they offer if you shop there. I recommend for "cooler castoffs" at a better price and variety you visit the best thrift store in town, in my opinion, Speedway Outlet.
Buffalo exchange is not really a thrift store, it is more of a Bookmans kind of place. If you want something that someone else did not want for a good reason, that is pretty much all you will find here. And if you want to feel rejected, or insulted see what they are willing to give you for your best clothes. The people there either don't know what things are worth, or are looking to make more money than they are willing to pay (of course I expect them to make a profit, they are a business, but when they offer me 20 dollars less than they sell my shirt for, I realize I am better off doing ebay for this kind of shopping, and REAL thrift stores are WAY BETTER all around.
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