san diego thrifting bus tour + buffalo exchange

YES, I think I am really going to pull off this San Diego Thrifting Bus Tour on Saturday, June 21st.  Only two tickets left on sale and I am hoping that will not be case by the end of the week.

One of my all time favorite consignment shops here in San Diego is Buffalo Exchange!  I can’t tell you how many pieces I have gotten from this place at some ridiculously low price.  In fact, my all time favorite flirty dress came from this place — this beauty came home with me for $13!  I added a belt and heels for a pop of color and you can’t tell me anything!  Just fly don’t you think.  DSC_0340 DSC_0350

So, of course you know I simply had to have Buffalo Exchange as a stop on the tour.  When they said YES, I was very happy.  When t hey said they would provide an exclusive discount and provide giveaways to the shoppers on the tour, I was over the moon.

I had the great opportunity to work with Julie Elliott one of the managers at the Buffalo Exchange located on 5th Avenue in San Diego.  Here is some other information that you should know about Buffalo Exchange.

Thrifting Diva: Why is Buffalo Exchange different than your neighborhood thrift stores such as Goodwill and Salvation Army?
Julie: Most thrift Stores rely on donations for their merchandise. Buffalo Exchange is different because we actually buy our merchandise from the public.  When you offer cash or trade for merchandise people are more willing to part with their higher quality items. Because we offer cash we get a steady flow of people willing to part with their great clothing, many times they sell items that are so current they are still in the retail stores.

Thrifting Diva:  What is the process you used for accepting clothes if I want to bring in clothing for consignment?
Julie:  We actually buy the clothing outright as opposed to consigning and waiting for them to sell. We buy all day every day and you never need an appointment. Bring in your clean, gently used, fashionable items and we will look through them. If we find something we want to buy for the store we put a price on the item. You get paid out 35% cash or 50% store credit. You need to be 18 or older and have a valid, government issued ID. You can even get your trade credit put on a card to use later or at another location. We buy based on the store’s needs which change all the time so it is good to call ahead to see what we are looking for.

Thrifting Diva:  Why should people consider recycling their clothes?
Julie:  There is the environmental impact; landfills are full of clothing that someone could have used. It is also economical; At Buffalo Exchange if you sell items you can get 35% of what we will sell the items for in cash or 50% in store trade. You can use the trade to get new clothes without spending any money. Used clothing stores have more of a variety of items which makes them fun places to shop.

Thrifting Diva:  Can we find true vintage clothing at Buffalo Exchange?
Julie:  Oh yes! Vintage and one of a kind items can be found at every Buffalo Exchange. I am a vintage fanatic and have been wearing vintage clothing for the past 30 years. Many of my finds have been at various Buffalo Exchange stores. At the Hillcrest location vintage is very popular. We mostly see 1940s-1970s pieces but right now we have a few 1930’s items as well. We also have some cute retro 90’s items which are very popular right now.

Thrifting Diva:  Are there any major sales that customers should be on the look out for at Buffalo Exchange.
Julie:  Every month we have 50% off items throughout the store. We also have a Companywide Charity Earth Day dollar sale each year in April. The proceeds go to various environmental charities.

I cannot wait to take this tour to this awesome store on Saturday!  If you are interested in attending the San Diego Thrifting Bus Tour, RSVP here.

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8 Comments

  1. Congratulations on your thrifting bus tour and I know it’s going to be a fun successful event.

    Fantastic article as well, glad that we’re both highlighting thrift and consignment shops as these are wonderful options for a fashionista on a budget.

    1. Karen,
      Thank you lady! Let’s hope everyone has an awesome time on Saturday. I know, I saw your blog post about the same time that I was writing mine and was saying — oooooh, great bloggers think alike. lol. On a serious note, I do hope that we are inspiring many to try living on a budget and look FAB.

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