Coming to M Street: Buffalo Exchange, 'New and Recycled Fashion'
The empty store at 3279 M St., NW, once a Annie Creamcheese retro clothing store, is set to be re-born as a Buffalo Exchange, a resale chain with more than 40 thrift stores through the U.S. that focuses on style trends for its customers who can buy or trade clothing. Buffalo Exchange was founded in Tucson, Ariz., in 1974. Georgetown's Buffalo Exchange hopes to open by the weekend of Oct. 27. Another Buffalo Exchange is already on 14th Street.
Here is how the store explains itself:
"Buffalo Exchange is unique because clothing and accessories are bought, sold and traded locally with store customers. Bring in your former favorites for trade or cash on the spot. Our ever-changing inventory includes designer labels, vintage, jeans, leather, current basics and one-of-a-kind items. You'll also find brand new merchandise and accessories. Our clothing is by the community, for the community. Buffalo Exchange stores are located in the heart of progressive, urban neighborhoods, minimizing pollution, congestion, habitat loss and urban sprawl. 80 percent of our clothing and accessories are bought directly from local customers. Buffalo Exchange offers clothing for both men and women and is more fashionable than your regular thrift store. At the buy counter, we hand pick the most desirable items from the public that can be resold. Our prices range widely depending on the label, style, condition and other factors. Many items average around $15. Designer jeans are higher in price, but our prices are far lower than retail.
"Selling for the first time? If you're under the age of 18, please call your local store before visiting the buy counter; local laws vary for minimum age to sell. Buffalo Exchange isn't a consignment store -- it's quicker than that -- if we accept your items, you can get cash or trade on the spot. You'll get the most money for your clothes if you're willing to accept trade instead of cash for your clothing."
The Buffalo Exchange at 3279 M St., NW -- 202-333-2829 -- plans to open by the end of October.