Buffalo Exchange, a widely known bargain clothing store, embarks on a great American road trip this spring.
Celebrating its 40th anniversary, Buffalo Exchange will visit all their retail stores in a vintage Land Yacht Airstream trailer.
The shop that made “buy-sell-trade” a sustainable way to enhance your wardrobe on the cheap is celebrating its 40-year history with an apropos—and casually hip—pop-up tour across the country, reports austin.culturemap.com.
On board the vintage trailer, cost-conscious fashionistas can shop a collection of vintage and Western-inspired apparel and accessories.
A sneak peek inside the trailer, which begins its tour on March 7, reveals a well-curated selection of boots, handbags, jewelry, and clothing embodying a carefree bohemian vibe. (Think vintage cowboy boots, colorful ponchos, bright frocks, and leather satchels.)
Shopping is of course top of mind for those checking out the pop-up tour, but the Airstream is worth exploring, too. Its hippie-chic aesthetic comes from eclectic styling; in true Buffalo Exchange fashion, the trailer is outfitted with items purchased from thrift stores, flea markets, and salvage yards.
“Vintage suitcases were made into shelving, a fitting tribute to both clothing and travel,” said a Buffalo Exchange spokesperson.
“Sprinkled throughout the trailer are old photographs of (founders) Kerstin and Spencer (Brock), and the early days of the stores,” adding a personal touch to the already intimate shopping experience.
The two month tour will depart from its founding city of Tucson, Arizona, meandering its way through Arizona (Tempe, March 10 and Phoenix, March 11), Nevada (Las Vegas, March 13), New Mexico (Albuquerque, March 19), Texas (Dallas, March 22; Austin, March 23; Houston, March 26-27), Louisiana (New Orleans, March 29), Georgia (Atlanta, March 31), North Carolina (Charlotte, April 2), and Washington, DC (April 4-5).
Additional stops are planned for Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Illinois, Minnesota, Washington, Oregon, California with the cross-country tour concluding the tour with two stops in Colorado (Denver, May 21 and Boulder, May 22).
The first Buffalo Exchange opened in 1974 in Tucson, Arizona by Kerstin and Spencer Block. To the best of their knowledge, Buffalo Exchange reports that this was the very first store that bought, sold, traded and took clothing items and accessories on consignment.
Kerstin, being Swedish, thought the word ‘Buffalo’ was very American. And since the store was going to be an ‘Exchange,’ the store’s name was born. The store was in a 450 square foot space that had been an old union office on a side street near the University of Arizona.
Kerstin’s love of fashion and thrill in finding a bargain combined to create the company that now has 46 stores and 3 franchises in 17 states, with $81.6 million a year in revenue (as of December 2012).
Buffalo Exchange is an independent and privately held company and the founders manage the day-to-day business.
Kerstin and her daughter Rebecca still own and run Buffalo Exchange out of Tucson.
To follow the cross-county tour click here.
Buffalo Exchange, Ltd.
The purpose of Buffalo Exchange is to lead the resale fashion industry, provide a livelihood for its employees, a fair return to its owners, and achieve sustainable profitability.
Address: P.O. Box 40488, Tucson, AZ 85717
Phone: (520) 622-2711
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