Sustainable Apparel Shopping Yields Big Rewards

BuffaloExchange Every summer it was the same deal as my five sisters and I were each given $50 to spend on school clothes (my mother’s pocketbook was not impacted by inflation, apparently). Mom and grandma would take us to the local thrift store and let us have our way.

I once scored a stunning acid-wash jean jacket (hey – it was the '80s, okay?) and pant combo. The bummer was the thrift stores smelled bad, had terrible lighting and the dressing rooms were comprised of sheets draped over a cardboard box. Not exactly fun.

Too bad Buffalo Exchange wasn’t around in those early days. But, the good news is, it is now. Buying reused clothes is also one of the easiest ways (well buying reused anything is!) to practice a sustainable lifestyle.

Buffex2 Recently, Buffalo Exchange opened its second Manhattan store at 114 W. 26th St (at Sixth Ave). And you should see the décor; it’s nothing like the thrift stores I grew up visiting. There are high blue-green ceilings, refinished hardwood floors, an ornate metal period façade and high windows.

The décor theme is vintage travel postcards, and the absolute best part of the design is that it holds nine women’s dressing rooms. Woohoo! Oh, and two for the boys as well.

Shopping at Buffalo Exchange is a lot like shopping at any other apparel retailer, except you know you are also making a difference in the world by reusing and recycling!

Buffex3 There’s more! I also discovered that Buffalo Exchange donates to local nonprofit organizations through its Token for Bags program, which to-date has amassed $358,000 since 1994, saving 7.2 million bags. In addition, all clothing is bought and sold locally, so it’s an ideal sustainable practice that supports the local economy you live in.

Have you shopped at Buffalo Exchange yet? If you haven’t, are you open to retail thrift store shopping to build a more sustainable world? Leave your comments here!

–Heather Strang

1 Comment

  1. In this day and age you really have to worry about the very real threat of bed bugs on previously worn clothing as well as body lice and other "critters" there are stores with as Off price Concepts such as "Famous Labels" and $20 Below (now a chain of 42 stores and growing) that sell at Thrift store prices but it's all new stock. Their current promotion is all Clothing at under $20 and it's all new. What a better bargain to help out the economy and save over 200+ jobs by patronizing Famous Labels and $20 Below stores