250 E. Congress St.
Tucson, AZ 85701
Location: East of 6th Avenue.
**SHOPPING ONLY** NOT BUYING AT THIS LOCATION
Where to park Downtown.
Second Fridays & Saturdays 11am–8pm
buffalo trading post
Buffalo Trading Post
Info: Buy-sell-trade women's fashion, housewares and home decor at Buffalo Trading Post, New & Recycled Goods.
Coyote Pause Cafe
Info: Healthy innovative food with a Southwestern twist. www.CoyotePauseCafe.com
Cat Mountain Lodge
2720 S. Kinney Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85735
Location: 2 miles N of Ajo (Hwy 86). Eco-friendly bed & breakfast in a vintage ranch setting with privately-owned observatory. www.CatMountainLodge.com
Innkeeper available until 8 pm when guests are present, also on-site during Spencer's Observatory Star Tours.
Cat Mountain Station
Info: Artisan center by Buffalo Exchange owners. Cafe, Buffalo Trading Post, Studio S’Evans, Affairs of the Art Gallery, Cat Mountain Emporium. CatMountainStation.com
See Coyote Pause Cafe hours above
GIVE YOUR FURS BACK TO THE ANIMALS!
Jan 13, 2014 to Apr 22, 2014
Beginning January 13 through Earth Day, we will be accepting fur apparel donations (including trims, accessories, coats, etc.) to benefit the annual Coats for Cubs drive. The used furs will be donated to rehabilitation organizations across the country to use for the purpose of providing bedding and comfort to orphaned and injured wildlife.
With the help of our customers, we collected 952 used furs during the winter 2012-13 drive. Since 2006, the company has collected a total of 8,524 used furs on behalf of wildlife rehabilitators nationwide.
Find a Buffalo Exchange fur drop-off location near you!
CELEBRATE OUR 40TH ANNIVERSARY WITH US!
Mar 7, 2014 to May 22, 2014
Our 40th anniversary tour runs March through May! Look for our vintage Airstream along with western and vintage clothing and accessories at your neighborhood Buffalo Exchange. Follow the tour online using #BufEx74.
A $1000 Buffalo Exchange gift card could be yours by subscribing or re-subscribing to our email list! For more details, see the official rules page.
Official 40th Anniversary page
2014 Tour Dates (subject to change):
3/7 Tucson (University)
3/8 Tucson (Eastside)
3/9 Tucson (Downtown)
3/13 Las Vegas
3/26 Houston (Montrose)
MONDAY HAPPY HOUR IN MARCH!
Downtown Buffalo Exchange, Tucson
Mar 3, 2014 to Mar 31, 2014
Join us at the downtown Buffalo Exchange location for happy hour in March! Stop in every Monday from 4pm–6pm and you’ll receive $5 off your next $20 purchase. See you soon!
Speedway & Campbell - FT/PT
Eastside - FT/PT
Love fashion? Why not apply today! Your local Buffalo Exchange is always accepting applications for entry-level Buyer positions. Looking for cheerful, dependable & energetic quick learners with knowledge of fabrics, styles, current retail trends and eras. Challenging, fun, fast-paced retail environment. As an employee, you'll receive on-the-job training in recycling fashion. No prior experience necessary. Part-time employees must be able to work 3 days a week, including at least one weekend day. This is not your regular retail job!
"A ROLLING POP-UP SHOP" BY LOCAL FIRST ARIZONA
Local First Arizona featured Buffalo Exchange in “Buffalo Exchange takes its 40th Anniversary on the road” on March 6, 2014: “Turning 40 is fun when you’re fashion retailer Buffalo Exchange. To celebrate its 40th Anniversary, Buffalo Exchange staff painstakingly renovated a 1969 Airstream Land Yacht to send on tour across the country. Staff spent over a year turning the old trailer into a work of art and commissioned tattoo artist, Allyson Bennett to create the unique exterior design. The Airstream was completely gutted and rewired by Buffalo Exchange maintenance staff. “The maintenance staff did an amazing job,” says Dana Whitney, Store Development Coordinator. “They fixed up the exterior, interior and even built custom steps.” Other staff members also contributed, converting the interior into a rolling pop-up shop. … “It really is a labor of love,” says Dana. There is even a special suitcase that functions as a shrine to all the Buffalo Exchange locations. As it makes each of its stops, staff from each location will make contributions to the shrine. Be sure to catch the trailer live on its journey across the country. At each stop, the trailer will be stocked with unique vintage items for sale. There will also be fun giveaways.”
"A TRUE TUCSON ORIGINAL" BY 3 STORY MAGAZINE
3 Story Magazine featured the Buffalo Exchange for “A True Tucson original, Buffalo Exchange, is celebrating its 40th birthday with a unique road trip across America. We ask: what makes this business tick?” in March 2014: “Forty years later, one of Tucson’s best exports … is celebrating its 40th birthday with a road trip in a vintage Airstream trailer. … At each store, the staff will fill the Airstream with vintage western clothing and other treasures, turning it into a roaming, dynamic pop-up shop. … Tattoo artist Allyson Bennett created artwork and signage for the outside and all of the interior design and restoration work was done in-house. … While there have been a lot of logistics to deal with for each location … they are “ready to go”, Rebecca says. As to the future, Rebecca and Kerstin … are scouting locations to open new stores, and after the tour they plan to start taking the Airstream boutique to music and art festivals like Coachella. And although they are staying deeply rooted in the importance of people and principles, as Rebecca said: “We are always willing to look back to see what worked and always looking around to see what we could be doing. You cannot remain static. Change is inevitable.”
“COOL, HIP, FUNKY BUY/SELL/TRADE” BY ACTIVERAIN
ActiveRain featured Buffalo Exchange in “Happy 40th Anniversary Buffalo Exchange!” on March 6, 2014: “Buffalo Exchange, if you've never heard of it, is a cool, hip, funky buy/sell/trade clothing and accessories store that was founded in beautiful Tucson in 1974. … Tomorrow, they're kicking off their anniversary celebrations - starting with the University store (Speedway and Campbell), the eastside Tucson store on Saturday and then we get to celebrate with them on Sunday at their downtown store! … It may sound biased but the crew that runs this store is great. They really are. They're good community business partners, active with all of the events that happen downtown and, well, just fun! Trust me when I say it's VERY hard to walk by their windows without going in and spending some money! At each of the locations, you're going to get a chance to check out their 40th Anniversary Airstream! Here's a 'sneak peek' because I don't want to spoil the surprise … Congratulations, Buffalo Exchange, on 40 years!! Thanks for helping all of us shop local!
"CAPTURES THE STORE'S UNIQUE SPIRIT" BY THE DAILY WILDCAT
The Daily Wildcat featured Buffalo Exchange in “Buffalo Exchange celebrates 40th with tour” on February 28, 2014: “Buffalo Exchange is going on a road trip to celebrate its 40th birthday. … In keeping with the company’s commitment to recycling the trailer is decked out in thrift store, salvage yards and flea market finds. … Tattoo art designed specifically for the project was used on the exterior of this “land yacht” for its retro cowgirl theme. … Throughout the trailer’s eclectically designed interior are old pictures of the owners’ early days, that give it a groovy vibe. … The tour kicks off March 7.”
"A FUN, QUIRKY PLACE TO SHOP" BY 10BEST
10Best featured Buffalo Exchange’s sibling, Buffalo Trading Post in “Buffalo Trading Post Opens in Unique West Tucson Shopping Center” on March 2, 2014: “The next time you're looking for a fun, quirky place to shop in Tucson, head to the city's far west side for an afternoon of browsing at Buffalo Trading Post. The new 3,500-square-foot retail space specializes in new and gently used clothing, shoes, fashion accessories and housewares. You'll also find a small and unique selection of furniture, home decor items and Mexican imports. Buffalo Trading Post is the brainchild of Kerstin Block, the founder of the mega-successful Buffalo Exchange New and Recycled Fashions. Block calls Buffalo Trading Post the "older sibling" to Buffalo Exchange … Although most of the clothing inventory at Buffalo Trading Post is geared toward women, there's a small selection of men's items, including Western wear and vintage Hawaiian shirts. … Textiles, serapes and wall hangings from Mexico and South America are also for sale. Like its sibling store, Buffalo Trading Post operates on the principal of buy, sell and trade. … Buffalo Trading Post is located at Cat Mountain Station, a restored 1950s-era artisan shopping center located just west of central Tucson. It's a convenient stop if you're heading to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum or Old Tucson Studios for the day.”
"REALLY COOL VEHICLE GRAPHICS" BY SIGN AGE
Sign Age featured the Buffalo Exchange Airstream in “Buffalo Exchange gets a Trailer Wrap from Sign Age!” on February 21, 2014: “Buffalo Exchange is celebrating 40 years of new and recycled fashion. They started right here in Tucson and have expanded across the country. In celebration they will be touring the country in a '69 Airstream starting in March. … Sign Age had the pleasure of wrapping the Airstream with really cool vehicle graphics designed by their creative marketing team. We had a lot of fun working with them on the production and installation of the graphics.”
"FIRST STORE OF ITS KIND FOR THE “BUFFALO” FAMILY" BY ARIZONA DAILY STAR
Arizona Daily Star featured Buffalo Exchange’s sibling store, Buffalo Trading Post in “Buffalo Trading Post opens west of Tucson” on February 20, 2014: “The founder of the Buffalo Exchange chain has opened a new store with an expanded inventory targeted toward adults on the far west side of Tucson. Buffalo Trading Post, 2740 S. Kinney Road, opened Saturday in the Cat Mountain Station shopping center, near Old Tucson Studios. … Buffalo Trading Post specializes in brands such as Chico’s, Loft and Coldwater Creek, to name a few. It also has Mexican imports, pottery and mid-century kitchenware such as older Pyrex dishes and Fiestaware. The store carries a limited inventory of men’s items as well, including vintage Hawaiian shirts and Western wear. The idea to open a store targeted toward adults came to Block after the 3,500-square-foot space had been vacant in her shopping center. “I decided I had to put something there,” she said. “And people have been asking me for this kind of store. People who like interesting clothes would like a place to shop.” The new store operates on the same principal of Buffalo Exchange — buy, sell, trade. But, the two stores are not related, meaning customers cannot use trade credit from Buffalo Exchange at Buffalo Trading Post and vice versa. … This is the first store of its kind for the “Buffalo” family. And, depending on how it goes, it might not be the last. More stores are possible, Block said. “We’ll see how this one goes first. I’m sure there’s a market for it.”
"TUCSON SUCCESS STORY, BORN OUT OF A SIMPLE LOVE FOR CLOTHING" BY DOWNTOWN TUCSONAN
The Downtown Tucsonan featured Buffalo Exchange president and founder, Kerstin Block, in “Buffalo Exchange: A Sustainable Tucson Success Story Celebrates 40 Years” on February 13, 2014: “An enterprising young Swedish woman, who found herself living and working in the Old Pueblo after marrying her sweetheart, started a small resale clothing shop called Buffalo Exchange. … with the encouragement and support from her husband, Spencer, she was able to make the leap towards starting her very own store. … Her approach, which has evolved into a company model predicated upon sustainability and socially responsible retail practices, originated by simply putting the focus on clothes in a fun-driven boutique environment. … As of December 2012, the company now has 46 stores and 3 franchises in 17 states ... It remains a fantastic Tucson success story, born out of a simple love for clothing and a harnessing of that very human thrill of finding a good deal. … In terms of celebrating their 40th Anniversary, Block alludes to a cavalcade of special events and promotions planned for Buffalo Exchange.”
ARTS AWARD GOES TO BRENNA CURRY
The Sierra Vista Herald featured Buffalo Exchange and the 2013 Buffalo Exchange Visual Arts Award recipient in “Buffalo Exchange honors Bisbee artist” on January 17, 2014: “Buffalo Exchange, a privately owned, family-operated fashion resale retailer based in Tucson, will honor Brenna Curry, a metal artist with the Vixen Fine Art Metal Gallery in Bisbee, as the recipient of the 2013 Buffalo Exchange Visual Arts Award … award funded by the Buffalo Exchange Fund for the Arts. Held at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, the Buffalo Exchange Fund for the Arts has awarded more than $160,000 to individuals in the Southern Arizona art community since 1994. Curry’s metal works are mostly on stainless steel, where she incorporates exposed metal under the paint that gives a holographic feeling. … Nominators of potential recipients can remain anonymous. This year, the person who nominated Curry cited her tenacity, perseverance, and willingness to stay true to herself and her art. … Each year, candidates for Buffalo Exchange’s Visual Arts Award are nominated and selected by two panels of experts who are familiar with the Southern Arizona arts scene. The focus of the award changes from one year to the next, highlighting important contributors to the arts, or emerging artists in the visual arts and performing arts – ones that are not necessarily well known but who are showing great promise in fulfilling the highest standards of excellence.”
BUFFALO EXCHANGE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT FEATURED ON MRS. GREEN'S WORLD
Our Founder and President Kerstin Block and Vice President Rebecca Block discuss the fun beginnings of Buffalo Exchange and their successes in an interview for Hand-Me-Over Fashion Cool on Mrs. Green’s World Internet radio show in June 2013. Listen to the entire interview on Mrs. Green’s World.
BUFFALO EXCHANGE MOTHER-DAUGHTER TEAM FEATURED IN TUCSON LIFESTYLE
Buffalo Exchange mom and daughter pair Kerstin and Rebecca Block, were recently featured in the Up Front, Notable section for ‘Frock in Trade’ in the March 2013 issue of prominent Tucson magazine, Tucson Lifestyle.
Starting a business can be a daunting task. Imagine failing to learn new skills, losing your job, and raising a family. For Kerstin Block, those past failures would soon become successful achievements with an idea to open a unique clothing store. In a recent interview with Tucson Lifestyle, Buffalo Exchange president, Kerstin Block revealed “I love to shop, and I have the rummaging/digging instinct.” Her addiction to thrift stores and swap meets naturally helped her and Spencer Block to open the first Buffalo Exchange in 1974 in an old union office across from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. Today Kerstin and her daughter, Rebecca, run the family business with 48 stores in 17 states. Through the decades, Buffalo Exchange has become a thriving resale fashion retailer. In the interview Kerstin and Rebecca discuss how they have maintained the business over the years: “We have worked very hard to remain fashion-oriented,” said Rebecca, “Buffalo Exchange is very unique—you never know what you are going to find!” “We go by style rather than brand name,” noted Kerstin, “We are very honest with our customer about what an item will sell for,” Rebecca added. Read Full Article >
BUFFALO EXCHANGE RECEIVES LUMIES ARTS & BUSINESS AWARD
The Tucson Pima Arts Council awarded Buffalo Exchange a 2012 Lumies Arts and Business Award for the Large Business Partner category on June 15, 2012 at Tucson's Historic El Casino Ballroom. Now in its 11th year, the Tucson Pima Arts Council created the Lumies to encourage everyone to celebrate the outstanding arts “luminaries” that contribute to Tucson and Pima County’s unique creative vitality. The Buffalo Exchange owners, have always believed in giving back to the community. They partnered with the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona to establish the annual Buffalo Exchange Arts Awards where emerging local artists are recognized for their creativity, innovation, and excellence in the arts. Since 1994, nearly $150,000 has been awarded to individuals in the arts community through the Buffalo Exchange Arts Award. Watch NPR's Arizona Public Media interview with Kerstin Block, Buffalo Exchange co-owner and President.
CALLED "A MODEL ENTREPRENEURIAL FIRM" BY BIZ TUCSON MAGAZINE
Biz Tucson Magazine includes Buffalo Exchange in “Startups Power New Economy,” Spring 2012 issue: “Eight Early Gazelles. In Southern Arizona, our economic prosperity now needs to be driven by human and knowledge-based assets – entrepreneurs and innovators working together to create and grow scalable, idea-based companies. We call them ‘gazelles’… Here are eight examples of eight extraordinary Tucson gazelles… 4. Buffalo Exchange was opened in 1974… Heralded as among the first to buy, sell, trade and take clothing items and accessories on consignment, Buffalo Exchange is a model entrepreneurial firm… Business model innovation, lifestyle and social purpose are keys to this highly successful, non-technological, scalable national enterprise.”
OH MY GD USA!
Buffalo Exchange's Holiday card won in the announcements, invitations and cards category in GD USA's American Graphic Design Awards 2011, published in December: "Nothing less than a display of first-rate work produced by professionals who are smart, talented, imaginative, innovative, solutions-oriented and entrepreneurial... generating the kind of creative energy that pushes limits, opens opportunities, drives growth... roughly 1,000 pieces are displayed... the cream of a competition that drew over 9,000 entries."
Tucson Weekly published a book review on The Way of the Buffalo by Spencer Block, one of the founders of Buffalo Exchange, in "On Buffalo Wings," Nov 17, 2011: "The late Spencer Block details the history of the clothing-exchange chain that was born here in Tucson... Every city has parts of its heritage that earn it recognition throughout the country[, including] retail establishments... So it's about time that Buffalo Exchange has its own history told. Spencer's book... gives readers an intimate peek into the lives of the store's co-founders... The Way of the Buffalo... finally published this year as a hodgepodge of advice, stories, observations, opinions and even poetry. Kerstin and her daughter went through his typed-out ramblings and edited them into a quite readable -- in fact, delightful -- history of the store." The Way of the Buffalo is available at your local Buffalo Exchange and on Amazon for $10. Also available on Kindle and NOOK. See preview.
Buffalo Exchange won an advertising award in Graphic Design USA Magazine's American Inhouse Design Awards, July/August 2011 issue. The award was given for Buffalo Exchange’s magazine ad. There were 4,500+ entries in this year’s program nationwide, "the premier showcase for outstanding work by inhouse designers." This is Buffalo Exchange’s eighth year designing in-house; the team is composed of Michelle L. Livingston, creative direction, and Kristin L. Welk, graphic design.
BEST FASHION SHOP IN TREEHUGGER'S BEST OF GREEN!
TreeHugger.com named Buffalo Exchange "Best Fashion Shop" in their Best of Green on Apr 4, 2011: "When you have no budget for new clothes and want wearable, yet stylish, clothing on the fly, Buffalo Exchange is a one-stop-shop... The inventory, constantly changing, is carefully curated by Buffalo Exchange's skilled buyers. Plus, when shoppers bring their own bags, Buffalo Exchange donates five cents to a charity of the customer's choice."
DESIGNING WOMEN GET A GOLD ADDY FOR GREETING CARD
Buffalo Exchange won a Gold ADDY award, plus six Silver ADDYs, from American Advertising Federation Tucson on Feb 19, 2011. A Gold ADDY was awarded for our Holiday greeting card celebrating our East Village store in New York City, and we won Silver for our newspaper and magazine ads. This is Buffalo Exchange’s eighth year designing in-house; the team is composed of Michelle L. Livingston, creative direction, and Kristin L. Welk and Cynthia Rhea, graphic design. They have won a total of four Gold, twenty Silver and twelve Bronze ADDYs for Buffalo Exchange. The ADDYs are the advertising industry's largest and most representative competition, recognizing and rewarding creative excellence in the art of advertising. A Gold ADDY is recognition of the highest level of creative excellence and is judged to be superior to all other entries in the competition.
WHERE GUESTBOOK: "FOR THE DEAL-ADDICTED FASHIONISTA"
Where Guestbook Tucson features us in "The Way of the Buffalo," Jan 2011: "Tucson-based retailer of selectively recycled fashion, Buffalo Exchange is family-owned, eco-conscious and poised to keep on growing. For the deal-addicted fashionista, nothing compares to the thrill of an outrageously good buy... At Tucson's famed Buffalo Exchange, the scenario is repeated countless times every day... Block is largely credited with bringing 'green' out of the closet... Block, who runs the company from Tucson with her daughter, Rebecca, has won several awards for entrepreneurial excellence, social responsibility and community giveback."
One of Buffalo Exchange's promotional campaigns is among 89 winning designs in HOW Magazine's In-House Design Awards, p. 64, Jan 2011 issue: "To promote its 35th anniversary, Buffalo Exchange needed to create a stand-alone logo for giveaways that conveyed the store's alternative mindset and key traits: an environmentally conscious buy-sell-trade clothing store. The creative solution involved tattoo-style details with maximum graphic impact." Our "Desde 1974 35th Anniversary Promotional Campaign" won a Merit award. HOW spotlights "the very best work from designers in top corporations, organizations and associations."
OH MY GD USA!
BuffaloExchange.com is a winner for Internet Design in GD USA's American Graphic Design Awards 2010, published in December, p. 174: "These are professionals who have produced work that is... fluent, direct and intelligent in promoting the brand and communicating the message. Who use this venue to assert the value effective graphic design brings to business, to society, to the marketplace of ideas... This year, roughly 1,000 pieces are showcased... from among a remarkable 9,000-plus entries."
- Best Resale/Vintage Clothing, Readers Pick, Tucson Weekly, Best of Tucson 2013
- Best Resale/Vintage Clothing and Best Clothing Fashions (Locally Owned), Readers Picks, Tucson Weekly, Best of Tucson 2012
- Best Resale/Vintage Clothing and Best Clothing Fashions (Locally Owned) Runner-Up, Readers Picks, Tucson Weekly, Best of Tucson 2011
- "The Buffalo Exchange closest to campus... always has a good selection of stylish finds.” -- “Wildcat style for anyone at any budget,” Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, Aug 25, 2011
- “If you are looking for a deal on accessories, this is where you will find it... They have a great selection of things like screen print tees for guys.” -- Zocalo Magazine, “Recycled Treasures,” June 2011
- Women's Foundation of Southern Arizona
- Be Tucson!
- Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona
- Local First Arizona
tokens for bags charities
- Animal Welfare Alliance of Southern Arizona (AWASA)
- The Nature Conservancy in Arizona
- Cold Wet Noses
- Native Seeds/SEARCH (NS/S)
- Emerge Center Against Domestic Abuse
- Therapeutic Ranch for Animals and Kids (TRAK)
- Arthritis Introspective
- Sky Island Alliance