Summer Daze

Photography and writing by Brittany Fenney, Buffalo Exchange Tucson (Campus)

Models: Hannah Taylor and Jennifer Williams

Buffalo Exchange (8)While the rest of the country is enduring April showers, Tucson is getting a head start on May flowers. Here in the southwest, the weather is almost unrealistically beautiful — the sun is shining, the bees are buzzing, and the roses are blooming. Each day as we step outside the breeze blows in a longing for that perfect summer day. You know the day–with a combination of nostalgia for the endless, wild summers of your childhood, and every photo you’ve seen of 50s bathing beauties. It’s also a day of picturesque picnics, rolling in the grass, vintage sundresses, and laughing with friends. Feeding the ducks and spending every moment outside from sunrise to sunset. Looking ahead to the oppressive heat of Tucson’s real summer, we decided that today would be the day!

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Dollar Day Sale Recap – Instagram

Take a look at some of the finds from our Dollar Day Sale. 100% of the proceeds from $1 items went to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Thank you for shopping with us! We can’t wait to do this again next year!

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$30 later, the remainder of the loot I snagged at Buffalo’s $1 sale! #buffaloexchange #bxearthdaysale #dollar sale #thrifting #thriftaholic #shopping #haul #fashion
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Successful $1 earth day sale at @buffaloexchange. I got these 7 beauties ($7), a plethora of sweaters, a Free People dress, some scarves, and navy cheetah print skinny jeans. (The latter much to the blyfriend’s dismay haha). #dollarsale #bxearthdaysale #thriftstore #thrifting #bargainshopper

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On the Road: Week Six

Our 40th anniversary tour crew member, Inara is rocking this playlist today:

  1. “Ambulance” My Chemical Romance
  2. “Instant Crush” Daft Punk
  3. “Be a Boy” Robbie Williams
  4. “Just Like Fred Astair” James
  5. “Juxtaposed with U” Super Furry Animals
  6. “The Game of Love” Daft Punk
  7. “The Magnificent Seven” The Clash
  8. “Ordinary World” Duran Duran
  9. “House of Wolves” My Chemical Romance
  10. “Me and My Monkey” Robbie Williams

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Inara enjoys trips to the dog park with her four dogs, in her vintage Volkswagen bud. She is also a collector of psychedelic posters and ephemera from the 1960s music scene. Turquoise jewelry is her accessory of choice.

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On the Road: Week Five

Here are the best sing-alongs to road trip to!

  1. “Don’t Stop Believin’” Journey
  2. “Here I go Again” Whitesnake
  3. “Billie Jean” Michael Jackson
  4. “California Dreamin’” The Mamas and The Papas
  5. “Ironic” Alanis Morisette
  6. “Build Me Up Buttercup” The Foundations
  7.  “Summer of ‘69” Bryan Adams
  8. “One Week” Barenaked Ladies
  9. ”Take on Me” A-ha
  10.  “Sweet Caroline” Neil Diamond

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40th Tour: Boston (Allston)

Buffalo Exchange (2)Buffalo Exchange celebrated its birthday in Boston, MA! Tons of Allston folks flocked in to shop our fabulous selection of vintage, retro, and southwest inspired pieces. We had an eclectic merchandise assortment, from handmade jewelry, genuine leather handbags, and one-of-a-kind pieces representing decades past. It was a fun day all-around for both new and veteran Buffalo Exchange shoppers. Everyone left with a smile, having found his or her own special treasure. Continue reading

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40th Tour: East Village

Buffalo Exchange (7)We were graced with some of the most beautiful weather of the year, which made our stop in the East Village a veritable sidewalk party! Our regulars lined up in anticipation and we lassoed in some future regulars with our Email List contest and sidewalk photography! We were poppin’ corn and spinning candy floss all-day for a bustling neighborhood. It was so inspiring to see East Village edge combined and styled with funky vintage! Our customers’ eyes were as big as saucers as they skimmed through our selection of fiesta wear, leather fringe, vintage dresses, sterling silver, crocodile bags, pearl snaps, and Frye boots. Overall it was a truly classic, spring day in New York City with a festive Buffalo Exchange twist.

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40th Tour: Astoria-Queens

Buffalo Exchange (8)After weeks of anticipation and careful curating, the Buffalo Exchange 40th Anniversary Tour finally made it to our little piece of the Big Apple here in Astoria. By 9:30am excitement was building on the block with some of our favorite regulars, as well as passersby lining up and hanging around the trailer eagerly awaiting their chance to get at the treasures inside. Vintage accessories and jewelry were the first to fly out of the trailer—almost immediately. One lucky guy scored a Hogs and Heifers Carhartt jacket; although not vintage, it’s definitely a great little piece of NYC pop culture. Overall, the day was fantastic from people’s excitement on the trailer to great vintage finds. Sellers and curious locals alike enjoyed the festivities, and in many cases walked away with some great one-of-a-kind finds.

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40th Tour: Chelsea

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The smell of buttery fresh popcorn, the vibrant pink of cotton candy, and the essence of the southwest were some of the things that filled Chelsea when the Airstream arrived.  The Buffalo Exchange Airstream, which acted as a pop-up shop, offered our super excited new and regular customers one-of-a-kind southwestern and vintage treasures. New Yorkers on the hunt for turquoise jewelry, suede, leather fringed jackets, and exceptional vintage dresses filled our 40th Anniversary reusable totes with all of their great finds. The beautiful sunshine only added to the positive energy that radiated throughout our store. Although the Airstream will make its way towards the northeast, the southwest vibe it brought with it will linger in Chelsea forever!

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40th Tour: Brooklyn (Williamsburg)

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Buffalo Exchange brought the best of the west to Williamsburg yesterday to celebrate the company’s 40th Anniversary. The Airstream trailer turned vintage pop-up shop was parked in front of our store on Driggs Ave. in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. New Yorkers love a good hunt for vintage classics, and with only one day to experience it in Williamsburg, fashion lovers came over with a curious eye! New and regular customers peeked inside to see the hand-selected vintage and western clothing: leather and suede jackets, vintage dresses, classic western men’s shirts, boots, leather accessories, and turquoise and silver jewelry were in full supply as passing New Yorkers got a breeze of the desert air. A blast of spring came through the city, which gave us perfect weather for an outdoor performance by one of our associates, singer-songwriter, Lauren Eylise. Customers were given Buffalo Exchange souvenirs, invited to take photos with the Airstream, enter a contest to win a $1,000 Buffalo Exchange gift card, enjoy the live music, and snack on treats. The 40th Anniversary Tour keeps trucking through the city this week, as it makes its way through the northeast, spreading love, happiness, and, of course, guilt-free fashion all across the country.

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40th Tour: Brooklyn (Boerum Hill)

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Our 40th Anniversary Tour arrived in New York City and northeasterners couldn’t have been more excited! We rarely see the kind of turquoise treasures our southwestern Buffalo Exchange buyers are accustomed to. Turquoise pieces, as well as Mexican-inspired bags, and other silver jewels were the first to go at the Airstream’s first stop in the New York area. While Boerum Hill does tend to be a bit sleepy on the weekdays, we did have some thrilled customers, including one who ended up carrying out a whopping three bags of vintage dresses! Many customers were excited to learn about how the beautiful Airstream came to be, especially how it was created with mainly repurposed parts, thus making it an extension of what Buffalo Exchange has always stood for: sustainability without sacrificing style. Inside the store, customers found $5 off coupons tucked into shoes and purses, munched on mini-cupcakes, and posed for the camera in their vintage finds.

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