Monthly Archives: April 2011

Buffalo Exchange

Buffalo Exchange is a trendy chain thrift store with many locations in various states. The Philadelphia Buffalo Exchange is located at 1713 Chestnut Street, specifically west of 17th street and north of Rittenhouse Square. The store hours are Monday–Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Buffalo Exchange is one of my favorite second hand stores for their merchandise (obviously), but I also love the layout and decor of the store. The Philadelphia store is currently accepting admissions from local artists to have their art shown and displayed in the store, which is a great way to gain exposure. If you are an artist you may want to check this out! They always have postings on their bulletin describing items they are looking to buy, upcoming events, and fun contests like this one!

Their inventory includes designer labels (Burberry, Lacoste, Gucci, D&G, etc.), vintage, jeans, leather, current basics and one-of-a-kind items. But you’ll also find brand new merchandise and accessories. There is tons of Free People, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, American Apparel, Michael Stars and Splendid, too.

Their prices range widely depending on the label, style, and condition, but many items average around $15. Designer jeans are higher in price, but are still priced far lower than retail. They are bit picky about what they will accept, so if you are looking to sell some clothes I would recommend calling the store first to see what items they are currently looking for. This isn’t a bad thing though, because at least you know the items you find at BE are up to date and in style!

Currently the Philadelphia location is accepting men’s tees, shirts, pants, shorts, shoes and hats. For women they are in need of  blouses, tees, tanks, dresses, plus size, pants, shorts and handbags. They are looking primarily for spring/summer items and great basics that can be worn year-round.

F.Y.I.- This Buffalo Exchange location will be closed Easter Sunday!

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An Evening of Style at My Sister’s Closet!

Learn how to dress your body on Friday April 22 at 6:00 p.m. at My Sister’s Closet Consignment Boutique in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania!

Seignoret Image Consulting Services will help you gain the confidence to look and feel fabulous at their “Evening of Style” hosted by My Sister’s Closet. This event is for both men and women and is totally free (which I love), all you need to do is RSVP to reserve your space.

According to the listing, An Evening of Style will teach you how to “dress for your body, discover how to look 2 sizes smaller in minutes, learn how to make your wardrobe a room of inspiration, discover how to shop in half the time, and always leave the store with something that looks fabulous!” This event aims to show you that the key to great style is not about having the perfect body or spending thousands of dollars on designer outfits, but about finding styles that emphasize your best features.

Seignoret Image Consulting Services is a company with a high caliber of caring for the style and wardrobe needs of individuals, families, corporations, executives, entrepreneurs and entertainment professionals.With over 10 years of experience and training to help you define and/or refine your image, Roxanne Seignoret-Hendley is fueled by her passion to reenergize her clients’ wardrobes.

If this event sounds like something you would be interested in, click on the RSVP link above or call My Sister’s Closet Consignment Boutique for further details  610-803-2761.

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Know where to go—a map of Thriftadelphia.

As per request I have provided my readers with a “Thrift List” which can be found at the top right of the page. There you will find a list of my favorite consignment shops that I have featured and some that I intend to blog about in the very near future. In addition to the Thrift List, I have decided to provide you with a map of thriftadelphia. Places I have visited and blogged about are marked with a pink thumbtack, stores that I have not yet talked about are teal. So if you happen to be embarking on a day of thrifting (and since the weather is nice, I recommend it!), you can see which shops are near one another and plan your day accordingly!

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Second to None Consignment in Marlton, New Jersey.

Second to None Consignment Boutique is located in Marlton, New Jersey. Most of their merchandise caters to a sophisticated conservative personal style, with brands ranging from Ann Taylor Loft to Michael Kors. There were some labels like Juicy Couture, Betsey Johnson and Forever21 hidden throughout the store, but let’s just say if you need an awesome blazer or a pair of Tahari slacks this is the place to go. Since I have an unhealthy obsession with blazers and anything from the Loft, I had a field day.

The accessories selection is more fun, with a lot of handbags and jewelery. All of the jewelery items at Second to None are brand new with tags, which appeals to me because I am not a fan of earrings that have been previously worn.

The most original thing about this store was their “Date Days” promotion. Each item in the store has a tag that tells you the size and price of the item, but it also has the date in which the item was sold to the store, tagged, and placed on the rack. If you look at the date on the item and it was 30 days ago, you get 20% off of the item. If the date is more than 60 days ago, you get 50% off! I thought that was a cute and clever way to push their items and to make sure something is not sitting on the racks for months and months, becoming outdated.

I didn’t buy anything from Second to None mostly because my blazer collection is bulging. However, if you are about start student teaching or going on internship interviews and need a nice pair of slacks, check out this store! They have a great selection of “young professional” clothing. The store may seem “old” to some, but if you are in the area why not stop in? You never know what you’ll find!

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My Fair Lady Consignment Boutique in Pitman, New Jersey.

Pitman is home to many quaint shops and restaurants—most of which are nestled on busy South Broadway. One of my favorite consignment shops, My Fair Lady, is located here at 20 South Broadway.

My Fair Lady Consignment Boutique has been open for business for over 20 years. It is the largest consignment boutique in South Jersey, and has won several Best of South Jersey awards for its fabulous merchandise and quaint appeal.

I’m a big fan of consignment shops that look like first-hand boutiques, and My Fair Lady surely looks the part. With an adorable window display and welcoming storefront, My Fair Lady reminds me of a trendy boutique that would be found in the Hampton’s or a chic North Jersey shopping town like Hoboken.

The staff is incredibly friendly and welcoming. They will offer help whenever you need (whether it be finding an outfit or giving an honest opinion about those white jeans you are trying on…thanks again ladies!). The store is packed with merchandise but everything is well-organized, just make sure you have some time to spare before you head on over. They have a great selection of clothing, accessories, and shoes, so as you can imagine it takes a while to get through the whole store. The prices are reasonable and they carry a wide variety of sizes and styles of clothing. There is definitely something for everyone at this store!

One thing I will say about this store is that their hours of operation are a bit funny, and don’t be surprised if you show up and find a scribbled sign on the door that says, “sorry not open today”. This happened to me twice. Strange, but not a big deal.

Here are their spring store hours so that you are prepared when you decide to go shopping!

Monday – Closed

Tuesday – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday – 11 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday – Closed

My Fair Lady currently has a nice selection of formal gowns and dresses, so if you have an upcoming special event like prom or a wedding, you should check them out!

Happy Consigning!

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Non-profit thrifting: An Interview with Rachel Cleary from the Durand Thrift Store.

Each thrift store is unique and tells its own story, but sometimes you come across one that is really special. The Durand Thrift Store in Woodbury, New Jersey is one of those special places. The non-profit Durand Thrift Store has been open since October 2008 and sells everything from clothing to homeware. Listen to what sales associate, Rachel Cleary, has to say about working at the store.

To learn more about the foundation and the store visit their site.

 

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