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How to make quick money selling your used clothes.

Updated on October 9, 2014

My trip to Buffalo Exchange - 1 Bag of clothes that did not fit me anymore = $40.00 in my pocket

Recently my husband and I moved to a new apartment and in the process of doing so we decided that it was time to clean out our closets. After doing some extensive research I realized that there is a great chain store that purchases our gently used clothes and accessories on the spot. And yes after taking my packed suitcase to Buffalo exchange I was happy to turn my used clothes into to CASH! Not store credit or consignment, but CASH! So here goes all the info for those who cannot spare a buck.

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My experience at Buffalo exchange

In the past month, I had the opportunity to stop by two of the Buffalo exchange store locations, a larger one in San Diego and smaller location in Fullerton, California. I really enjoyed the experience in both stores. The place was hip and well kept and the employees really explained to me the whole process while chatting about our gorgeous day in California. As they looked at the clothing they touched each single piece to check the condition and brand of the items and out of 30 pieces they chose to keep 8. In the end they offered me $5.00 cash for each item on average or $9.00 store credit for each. Since my goal was to clean up to closed and not to add more items to it I chose the $40.00 cash rather than the $72.00 store credit. In the end I also chose to donate all the other items that were not qualified for sale and the store offered to take the items in as they periodically take them to a small village in Mexico. Loved it even more as I know the clothes will be taken to those who are in need.

Here goes additional information about Buffalo Exchange:

How it works:

"Buffalo Exchange is unique because clothing and accessories are bought, sold and traded directly with store customers. Bring in your former favorites for trade or cash on the spot! Our ever-changing inventory includes designer labels, vintage, jeans, leather, current basics and one-of-a-kind items. You'll also find brand new merchandise and accessories.

Buffalo Exchange offers clothing for both men and women and is more fashionable than your regular thrift store. At the buy counter, we hand pick the most desirable items from the public that can be resold. Our prices range widely depending on the label, style, condition and other factors. Many items average around $15. Designer jeans are higher in price, but our prices are far lower than retail.

Selling for the first time? Call your local Buffalo Exchange before you go and ask what they're currently buying to get an idea of what we're looking for. Bring your clothes in anytime we're open and stop over at the buy counter. Let us know it's your first time selling to us, and we'll walk you through the process. Anything Buffalo Exchange doesn't purchase you can either take back or we can donate the items to a local charity for you. Buffalo Exchange isn't a consignment store - it's quicker than that - if we accept your items, you can get cash or trade on the spot. You'll get the most money for your clothes if you're willing to accept trade instead of cash for your clothing." (

Locations: 44 Locations in the US

Similar Stores: Plato's Closet

Second hand Clothing that rocks!

In amazon you can not only find great vintage items, sell some of your gently used items and accessories as well as get a little more money for those items that still have a tag on it. I often buy few items that I happen to never use and before taking to Buffallo exchange I gave Amazon and Ebay a shot and sold the items close to the retail price that I purchased. Few Brand items that I had purchased in Ross I was able to actually sell for a little bit over the price that I bought after few bidding wars.I always try to find great ways to make and save a little extra cash!


The Buffalo Exchange Experience

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      karMALZEKE 3 years ago

      I have not heard of Buffalo Exchange. I think I might like it more than Plato's Closet. Plato's Closet pays very low and they really do want the absolute latest brand name. Two years ago is too long ago. Liked the lens.

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      AllPurchasingSo 5 years ago

      I loved your article! Used clothing is a great way to make money, and save some as well. -APS "Where going green, and saving green go hand in hand!"

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 5 years ago from Washington State

      Wow, that is pretty cool, I hadn't heard of either of these before. They both have stores in my area, so I will have to check them out. Thanks for a great lens.

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      Deb Kingsbury 6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      We used to have a Buffalo Exchange here in Flagstaff, Arizona, and I'd take some clothing there from time to time, exchanging it for store credit and, if not at that same visit, then I'd find great deals during a future visit to use my credit for. I once got a pair of brand new Vasque hiking boots (NEVER worn by their previous owner) for $25 in credit. Those boots retail for $200. Unfortunately, our Buffalo Exchanged closed up shop and now the closest one is in Phoenix, two and a half hours away. Bummer!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Informative lens.. Thanks a bunch. Maybe a lens on Plato's closet would compliment this one.

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      alyssa87 6 years ago

      nice piece of information, thanks for sharing :) this is the best way to earn as well as give it for charity and make needy people happy.

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      Michelle Mafra 7 years ago from Corona CA

      @LiliVon: Honey! take me with you!

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      Michelle Mafra 7 years ago from Corona CA

      @SandyMertens: I know. Hope you find the time to take your clothes to a similar shop. it was really worth it! try not to take too long as they are always looking for currents styles. although many times they value vintage pieces as well.

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      Michelle Mafra 7 years ago from Corona CA

      @LisaAuch1: I know! I always stop by from time to time and sometimes you get really lucky and find an amazing piece.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      We don't have either one. Those we have a few different ones like this. I keep thinking that I need to bring clothes there.

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      LiliVon 7 years ago

      Apparently I still had a lot of clothes at my moms- looks like I'm going to have to head to one of these places!

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      Michelle Mafra 7 years ago from Corona CA

      @delia-delia: Dear d-artist. thank you for your comment and for your correction. I just made sure to correct the cleaning up to cleaning out!!!! Thank you! I am originally from Brazil and english is my second language so I appreciate all the help. All my best.

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      Delia 7 years ago

      Hello from a Squidoo Greeter! when cleaning out your closet this sounds like a nice place to make a few bucks and make someone else happy.

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      Lisa Auch 7 years ago from Scotland

      Great idea, I have sold great expensive dressess, and eh...went out and bought more! I love second hand shops too! sometimes you can pick up a great bargin