March 30, 2011

Looking to book boudoir, senior portrait or personal photos with Firstlight? We know how to spice up your wardrobe. Meet Buffalo Exhange, a stylin’ clothing exchange with over 40 stores and 2 franchises in 14 states. Here’s the rap:

Buffalo Exchange is unique because clothing and accessories are bought, sold and traded locally with store customers.  Their ever-changing inventory includes designer labels, vintage, jeans, leather, and one-of-a-kind items. In short, the wilder the area the wilder the clothes; 80% of Buffalo’s clothing and accessories are bought directly from local customers. It’s environmentally conscious, and you have a much greater chance of finding something truly unique. Vintage shoppers and crazy dressers alike love Buffalo Exchange.

Not to turn you off- the company carries plenty of new and designer items.



Buffalo Exchange

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Why not earn some $$$ while you’re shopping? Just follow Buffalo’s advice:

“Selling for the first time? Call your local Buffalo Exchange before you go and ask what they’re currently buying to get an idea of what we’re looking for. Bring your clothes in anytime we’re open and stop over at the buy counter. Let us know it’s your first time selling to us, and we’ll walk you through the process. Anything Buffalo Exchange doesn’t purchase you can either take back or we can donate the items to a local charity for you. Buffalo Exchange isn’t a consignment store – it’s quicker than that – if we accept your items, you can get cash or trade on the spot. You’ll get the most money for your clothes if you’re willing to accept trade instead of cash for your clothing” (website).

Find the closest Buffalo Exchange with this handy-dandy map. The two Washington locations are Bellingham and Seattle.


Earrings Rock

Pic: Firstlight Photography

For the curious, here’s a little extra information on Buffalo Exchange’s environmental practices.
The information below comes directly from the Buffalo Exchange website.

“Buffalo Exchange is a sustainable business that works to protect the environment by reusing and recycling clothing. Because we deal in local resale, emissions from production or distribution are eliminated. The E.P.A. estimates 12.7 million tons of textiles were generated in 2009, or 5.2% of total U.S. municipal solid waste. Nearly half of the 2.5 billion pounds of postconsumer textile waste prevented from entering the solid waste stream is recycled as secondhand clothing, according to the Council for Textile Recycling. So trading used clothing has a positive environmental impact.

Through our Tokens for Bags® program, Buffalo Exchange has generated nearly $380,000 for hundreds of local nonprofit organizations since 1994, saving 7.6 million bags. Shoppers are encouraged to accept a token instead of a bag for purchases, and Buffalo Exchange donates five cents to a charity of the customer’s choice. We also donate large amounts of unpurchased clothing to local nonprofit organizations. Many of our stores have clothing pickups by charities scheduled twice a day.

Buffalo Exchange raised over $36,000 to Save Wildlife From Trash at our Earth Day Dollar Sale in April 2010. All proceeds benefited the Don’t Trash Wildlife campaign of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and three HSUS wildlife centers that rescue and rehabilitate wild animals. Buffalo Exchange has raised over $310,000 for environmental causes through Dollar Day Sales on Earth Day since 1997.

With the help of our customers, Buffalo Exchange collected 1,371 used furs for our Coats for Cubs winter 2009-10 drive — by far the most furs we’ve EVER collected since we began these drives in 2006. Coats for Cubs is a program of The HSUS that provides bedding and comfort to orphaned and injured wildlife. Since 2006, Buffalo Exchange has collected a total of 5,256 used furs on behalf of Coats for Cubs. Now through Apr 22, 2011, give your furs back to the animals!

The Truth in Fur Labeling Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-313) took effect on March 18, 2011. The legislation, signed by President Obama in December after receiving bi-partisan support in the House and Senate, closes a loophole in the six-decade-old federal fur labeling law that previously allowed many animal fur garments to go unlabeled if the value of the fur was $150 or less, leaving consumers in the dark as to whether they were buying faux or animal fur. Buffalo Exchange, along with other retailers and designers and The HSUS, officially endorsed closing the fur labeling loophole. We collected approximately 2,458 Truth in Fur Labeling petitions on behalf of The HSUS” (website).