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Buffalo Exchange – Why Work For Us?

We're looking for fashion loving employees.

Applicants should be excited, inspired, motivated, and should show a sincere love of fashion and clothing of all kinds.


We have fun and work hard.

Our employees work in a fun, fashion-oriented atmosphere where we  work hard and have fun with our customers. We may even coerce them to sing impromptu karaoke or spend an afternoon bedazzling a new pair of old jeans. (This is all true.)

We have great benefits.

Employees working 20+ hrs per week get health benefits.  All employees are eligible for profit sharing and store discounts. There is plenty of room for promotion. Our staff is proud of our regular contributions to local (meaning your city) social good programs and conservation efforts.

This isn't your regular retail job.

We are looking for people who truly enjoy the company of customers. If you love to shop, love clothes and love people, this may be just the place for you!

Buffalo lore.

The first Buffalo Exchange opened in 1974 in Tucson, Arizona by Kerstin and Spencer Block. To our knowledge, 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 Dec 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.

Helping our environment.

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 13.1 million tons of textiles were generated in 2010, or 5.3% of total U.S. municipal solid waste. An estimated 14.0% of textiles in clothing and footwear was recovered for export or reprocessing in 2010. So trading used clothing has a positive environmental impact. undefined

Through our Tokens for Bags® program, Buffalo Exchange has raised nearly $525,000 for thousands of local nonprofit organizations since 1994, saving 10.4 million bags from polluting the environment. 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.

Buffalo Exchange raised over $43,000 for The Humane Society of the United States at our Earth Day Dollar Sale in April 2013. All proceeds benefited The Humane Society Be Cruelty-Free Campaign. Buffalo Exchange offices in Tucson and Tempe are certified by The HSUS as Urban Wildlife Sanctuaries. Buffalo Exchange has raised over $424,000 for environmental causes through Dollar Day Sales on Earth Day since 1997.  

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Buffalo Exchange's Coats for Cubs annual used fur drive is recommended by The HSUS. Furs collected provide bedding and comfort to orphaned and injured wildlife. With the help of our customers, Buffalo Exchange collected 952 used furs for our winter 2012-13 drive. Since 2006, Buffalo Exchange has collected a total of 8,524 used furs on behalf of wildlife rehabilitators nationwide.

Buffalo Exchange, along with other retailers, designers and The HSUS, officially endorsed closing a fur labeling loophole that took effect as the Truth in Fur Labeling Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-313) on March 10, 2011. On behalf of The HSUS, Buffalo Exchange collected approximately 2,458 Truth in Fur Labeling Act petition signatures. The legislation 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.

Share a vision & make it happen. undefined

Because the chances of success are greater working for a company whose values you share, we offer a glimpse of some of ours:

• We believe what Buffalo Exchange does—the recycling and re-using of fashion—contributes to making the world better.

• We believe in hard work, integrity, respect for individuals and the necessity of individuals taking full responsibility for their actions and decisions.

• Buffalo Exchange believes that work should be a joyous part of living—an extension of the person—and a path toward self-exploration and self-realization.

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    Worked for Buffalo Exchange in the 80's

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    Former Employee - Store Manager  in  Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at Buffalo Exchange full-time for more than 3 years


    I was a Store Manager for Buffalo Exchange in Tucson and Berkeley in the mid-80's. I LOVED working there and had it not been for the incredible education and experience that I received from managing a store, I would not have gone back to school to earn a master's in accounting.


    Long hours and not very good pay at the time....but I was young and knew I would have to put in the time to eventually gain enough experience to take my career further.

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    Keep doing what you have been doing for the last 40 years because Buffalo Exchange is awesome! I now have a 20 year old in SF who shops there all the time!

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    Went in to fill out application said I looked "cool" so they wanted me to work there. Store Manager was sassy at best in the first interview, very catty environment.

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Buffalo Exchange Awards & Accolades

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Lumies Arts and Business Award, Tucson Pima Arts Council, 2012
Regional Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Ernst & Young LLP, 2009
Cele Peterson Moda Provocateur Award, Southern Arizona Aids Foundation, 2009
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Additional Info

Website www.buffaloexchange.com
Headquarters Tucson, AZ
Size 500 to 999 Employees
Founded 1974
Type Company - Private
Industry Retail
Revenue $50 to $100 million (USD) per year

New and recycled fashion at bargain prices. Buy, sell, trade. 80% of our clothing and accessories are bought from local customers. Bring in your former favorites for trade or cash on the spot! Inventory changes daily, including designer wear, vintage, jeans and one-of-a-kind items. You'll also find brand new merchandise and accessories. We offer clothing for both men and... More

Mission: It is the purpose of Buffalo Exchange to lead the resale fashion industry, provide a livelihood for its employees, a fair return to its owners and achieve sustainable... More

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