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.
Buffalo Exchange is a sustainable company that works to protect the
environment by reusing and recycling clothing. The EPA estimates
12.4 million tons of textiles were generated in 2008, or 5 percent of
total U.S. municipal solid waste. Nearly half of the 2.5 billion pounds
of postconsumer textile waste prevented from entering the solid waste
stream is recycled as secondhand clothing, according to the Council
for Textile Recycling.