Shopping on a budget (without having to sacrifice on style and quality) requires a high level of shopping proficiency. It’s not enough to shop sales at bigger name stores, because they are often still much more expensive than most people would like. However, there’s no need to fear, because a gem in Philadelphia by the name of Buffalo Exchange offers unique styles of clothing, great music, and a friendly staff - all without making your wallet want to cry.
Located at 1713 Chestnut Street, this national thrift chain often goes unnoticed due to its old exterior and minimalistic, pale interior. Remember the old saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” and be sure to apply it here. The most important component of a shopping experience should be the product (unless you really want to pay extra for a store’s ritzy atmosphere).
Buffalo Exchange stinges on the decorative and maintains a plain decor, accompanied by light rock and indie melodies. The mannequins, on the other hand, are styled to perfection, giving shoppers a taste of the wonderful fashion concoctions that they can create within this style wonderland. The clothes itself oozes a combination of vintage-chic, hipster-with-a-fashion-sense, and cute-indie style. It’s fair to say that the outfits you find at Buffalo Exchange will help set you apart from the crowd. What's even better is that because it's a thrift store, you won’t be left penniless and full of regret.
My advice for shopping in Buffalo Exchange: Thoroughly search through the racks, because the best pieces often hide among the masses. This is a store for shoppers that aren't afraid to step outside the box, try something new, and project their own unique style. And, of course, while you're exploring don’t be afraid to actually try on some pieces. By the time you're down shopping, you'll be styled to such perfection that you'll definitely be able to make fetch happen. Sorry about it Gretchen!
Buffalo Exchange, 1713 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, (215) 557-9850, Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 - 7:00 p.m., www.buffaloexchange.com