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BEST USED CLOTHING STORE

Buffalo Exchange

Buffalo Exchange provides the yearning shopper, who perhaps also has a yearning, mostly empty wallet, with an unthinkable experience. The bright colors and patterned fabrics begin to spin together, putting the body into overdrive. So many shirts! And skirts! And necklaces! And jeans! The body kicks into action, rustling the racks greedily and anxiously, certain that if one minute is lost the game is over. The mind tells the body to tone it down a notch, to resist the urge. But, as one salesperson aptly pointed out, you don't have to. Buffalo Exchange is part of a national chain, but it debuted in Minneapolis just a few months ago. It operates mainly as a consignment shop but doesn't feel at all like digging through Granny's closet. The clothing is hip, in great condition, and often bears big names for less than big bucks. Fifteen dollars is the average price of all merchandise, which ranges from Free People, Ralph Lauren, and J. Crew sweaters to Joe's Jeans and BCBG dresses. The fellas also stand a chance here, since the ratio of male to female merchandise is approximately 40/60. Buffalo Exchange also offers some unique, vintage items, like jazzy '80s frocks and lavender cowboy boots. The most expensive item spotted was a $55 pair of Paper Denim Cloth jeans; recently, according to one salesperson, Burberry shoes went for a mere $48. Some of the merchandise is new, but you'll be hard-pressed to tell the difference between the new and the old. The staff is hip and friendly, and the store's airy vibe suggests the same. Looks like Lyndale shoppers just found a new destination that won't make them feel guilty at the end of the day.

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