What do bowling shoes, men’s sailor hats, corsets, black vinyl
pants and blue Dr. Martins have in common?
They are some of the many unique, yet stylish articles of
clothing residing in the new Buffalo Exchange, 649 S. College
As a person walks into the store, the competition for attention
becomes apparent between the loud, unusual clothing and the loud,
“The music that we play brings out the personality of the
store,” said Chelse Oakley, Buffalo Exchange’s manager. “Music and
fashion go hand in hand.”
Buffalo Exchange is a clothing store that buys and sells new and
used fashions. Two Buffalo Exchange stores are already established
in Colorado, located in Denver and Boulder. The Fort Collins
location opened its doors for business Aug. 21.
Buffalo Exchange is a clothing store chain started in Tucson,
Ariz., by two environmentally conscious entrepreneurs. According to
the Buffalo Exchange Web site, 6 percent of landfills are clothing.
Reusing and recycling clothing helps to protect the environment
from further damage.
“I think we fit into this community because it is really
environmentally conscious,” said Kathy Plache, Buffalo Exchange’s
Although Buffalo Exchange offers a large variety of clothing,
ranging in style from conservative to Goth, it is the wild, funky
clothing styles that seem to stand out the most.
“Most of the clothes I wouldn’t even buy unless it was for a
Halloween costume,” said Robyn Myers, a first-time shopper at
A wide variety of men’s and women’s accessories, shoes, hats,
belts, ties, shorts, shirts, pants and more can be found at Buffalo
Exchange. The lively, vibrantly colored articles of clothing are
what seem to set the Buffalo Exchange apart from other clothing
“I thought it was really different, really cute when I first
walked in,” said Michele Carter, sophomore wildlife biology major,
(senior journalism) “There’s really good prices and a good variety
Buffalo Exchange buys clothes for resale every day and receives
a shipment of brand-new merchandise once a week.
Each Buffalo Exchange location has a diverse clothing selection
because each store obtains its merchandise directly from the
community. Right now, most of the clothing for sale in the Fort
Collins Buffalo Exchange is from the Boulder and Denver stores, but
eventually the merchandise will be unique to Fort Collins.
“We’re buying from the public,” Oakley said. “Therefore we’re
going to represent what the people are wearing.”
For the many college students who may not have room in their
miniscule budgets for new clothing, Buffalo Exchange offers
customers who sell their used clothing 50 percent of the clothing
value for in-store credit or 30 percent of the clothing value in
“It’s better for people to recycle their clothes than to throw
them away,” said Heather Morgan, a sophomore psychology major.
For those who wish to sell some of their old fashions, Buffalo
Exchange looks for contemporary and vintage clothing in excellent
condition. At the moment, the store is also looking for Halloween
Prices tend to run anywhere from $5 shirts to $120 vintage
“If you want to get some new clothes or need extra cash, just
dig through your closet,” said Amanda Johnson, a Buffalo Exchange