Trendy, not costly, at Buffalo Exchange

October 19, 2009 10:16:06 AM PDT
We rarely think of resale shops as being trendy. But Buffalo Exchange (1713 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia) shows that "cool" and "cheap" don't have to be mutually exclusive.

"In general, our store has a fun feeling, a fun environment," explains Store Manager Mike Shaffer. "It's a very ecclectic, very upbeat, kind of energetic atmosphere. "

The store, part of an Arizona-based national chain, pays customers in cash or store credits for clothing and accessories.

Aside from a few designer and vintage pieces, almost everything they accept and sell is from the past year or two.

"It's all, in general, about desireability. So, we're gonna put a price on it in front of the person who's selling it, we give them 30% of that price in cash, or 50% store credit, just in case they want to shop around in the store," Shaffer explains.

Savings for shoppers run from 50% to 85% off retail.

A Tahari blazer with a $398 price tag is selling for $30. An $75 LaCoste pullover is $19.50 and a white blouse from Theory, which is tagged at $140, is $30.

For men, there are 575 jeans priced at $42.50 and Juicy jeans for $32.50. An Ed Hardy t-shirt is $25.

"I really love that it has a diverse selection of clothes here," says shopper Orchidia Violet of Center City

.

"The prices are really good," says shopper Sieara McLeod of Olney. Her favorite deal was designer skirt that she bought for $9.50.

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