Truthfully, as far as thrift shops go, Buffalo Exchange has always held a special place in my heart ever since I found a pair of pale pink Manolo Blahnik slingbacks on the shelves for a mere $40. It was one of the greatest moments of my life. Thank you, Buffalo Exchange.
Now the Austin-based purveyor of recycled clothing and accessories is translating its experience in resale into a new online vintage destination. The Vintage Buffalo launched today, specializing in statement-making pieces from the 1940s to the 1970s that no one is going to mistake for off-the-rack fashions. Think turquoise jewelry, embroidered Mexican-style maxi dresses, men's ringer tees and more than a few cowboy boots.
"We've seen that this is where industry going with resale and we wanted to be part of that and do it in a unique way," says Buffalo Exchange marketing director Stephanie Lew.
All the pieces for sale—which include clothes, jewelry, acessories and even a smattering of home accessories—were sourced from antique fairs, flea markets and other shops, mostly by a group of employees who have a passion for vintage and who have been filling for their own closets with their finds for years. Lew says that the pieces currently on the site are just te beginning, and that more will be added within the week, with regular weekly additions going forward.
Prices start around $30 for tees and can go upwards of $200 or more for dresses, leather goods and jewelry. But who can put a pricetag on a vintage Lacoste tennis dress straight out of Margot Tenenbaum's closet? Or a leather fringe coat that would make Davy Crockett jealous? And if you see any Manolos, you know who to tell.