Cardinal fashion at Buffalo Exchange

By Heather Moss


Fall’s here y’all, and layers of clothing have sauntered San Antonio. Whether you’re looking to spend or make a few bucks, resale is where it’s at and just a couple of miles away.

Here at the University of the Incarnate Word, we’re starting to see boots, jackets and scarves do a morning appearance (thank you, Texas weather). I’m sure most of you have dug into your closet to pull out that small dusty box marked “winter clothes.”

If you’re freaking out because of the cost of boots or a coat, I’m here to tell you: DON’T FREAK OUT! I’ve found a place where all these first-world problems can be solved. Your money’s safe and you’ll look fly. I promise. Meet my friend and long-time closet accessory, Buffalo Exchange.

Buffalo Exchange, located on Olmos Drive between McCullough and San Pedro, houses guys’-and-gals’ new and recycled fashions. I’m talking “unique,” one-of-a-kind, vintage ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s fashion boutique.

Like any resale shop, it’s easy to get overwhelmed just walking in. Rack after rack of clothes, not separated by size or style — complete confusion. However, with my experiece in the Buffalo Exchanges I’ve visited in Seattle, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio, each store has been ridiculously organized and wonderfully merchandised. Names above the racks indicate the item. All clothing is separated by small, medium, large and extra large sizes. The pants and jeans racks have sizing numbers. The men’s and women’s areas can be easily distinguished. I’m tellin’ you, organized.

Don’t be intimidated by the stylings of the fashionable and edgy staff. They’re helpful in every sense of the word. Go ahead and ask them a question or don’t. Your loss. Look them up and down, but don’t get caught. They’re pretty savvy and exceptionally sassy, in a good way.

I recently found a Betsy Johnson dress for $30, and did you know her dresses easily make it to the $200s? Some of their boutique and “newer” items are a little pricey in my opinion, however,  when I come across an ‘80s button up that resembles an Urban Outfitters cover model and it’s a mere $8? Steal.

Did I mention resale? Well, I know I said you could make money. Some of you, who live in dorms, especially, need to make space for clothes. If you’re not a hoarder, I commend you! I am one, so this part doesn’t easily apply to me, but I’ll share anyways. Three things you need to know: (1.) It’s not consignment, so you can expect cash or instore credit, known as “trade,” upfront. (2.) You must be 18 years or older. (3.) First-come, first-serve at the buy counter. (4.) Don’t expect they’ll buy everything. They buy fashion.

Mentioned earlier, Buffalo Exhange sells only the “best of fashion.” Don’t be surprised if they turn away your Abercrombie bootcut jeans, but accept your Mossimo skinny pants and bellbottoms from eight years ago. I’ll also let you in on a little secret: right now they’re taking costumes, ugly Christmas sweaters and transitional bits because of the weather change. But since you’re a “first-timer,” which you should mention, the staff says, “bring everything!”

I know what you’re thinking. Does San Antonio really have the ability to buy and sell cool clothes? One of the helpful staff told me they intertrade with other stores. I do believe we have some pretty cool people here, but honestly, Austin’s clothes probably offers the “different” you want. So I’m glad we trade with them.

One thing Buffalo Exchange does, is give tokens for bags to local charities. Buffalo Exchange’s San Antonio store supports the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Antonio, Arts SA, and Spay Neuter Inject Project San Antonio (SNIPSA). Great causes right? When you check out they ask, “token or bag?” If you take the token and carry out your clothes, be sure to drop it off in one of the cause boxes.

Last, but not least, Buffalo Exchange posted an entry-level buying position, part-time, on their website. Seems like a pretty good deal for any of you Cardinals needing some extra cash. I’d do it, but that’s selfish. So one of you ladies or gents, put your beak in the door.

I suggest a visit instead of a call, but all their information is posted online at Look for the “locations” tab and click San Antonio and wah-lah! Buffalo Exchange is open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday.


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Heather Moss

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