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Sunday, May 27, 2012

What I Saw at the Buffalo Exchange

The Buf--as we call it chez nous--mostly attracts the 18-28 set. I definitely feel like the old nonna when I go with Miss Em. And, indeed, I seldom find anything for myself there. But what I've found is very good: a pair of unworn red Mephisto flats for $22, some unworn UGGs, also $22, and--yesterday--my Carlisle belt. Even though the cupboards were almost bare of nice things, we did spy 3 pairs of almost-new Marni flats ($40) and some unworn red and white striped Repetto ballet flats ($20). But I also got a glimpse of future offerings. One seller was a 20-something carrying an LV Speedy and wearing very expensive sandals. She was unloading piles of linen items! Next in line was a 40-something woman. She sold 2 pairs of Uggs, some Bogs (I've always wanted a pair!), plus other stuff. Her car trunk also contained boxes of very pricy shoes--including a Manolo Blahnik box. I must have been staring too hard at her merchandise, because she gave me a strange look. I guess I scared her. But that's some of what's upcoming at the New Orleans Buffalo Exchange. Sadly--or perhaps luckily--I won't be there again for a while. The shoes looked too big for me, too small for Miss Em anyway.

6 comments:

Terri said...

I have only been in such a place once...with a daughter who was selling, but this description of the shoes make me think I need to return.

the Frugal Ecologist said...

Don't have a Buf in my town, but I always stop in when I am visiting family in Austin. I was there last week - Tibi silk linen dress for $15 & brand new cole haan suede loafers in my size (8aa) for $23.

I haven't ever sold anything though, but I may have to try it, sounds easier than eBay. & it would be a great place to take my mother's & mother in laws stuff when I am helping to declutter.

Duchesse said...

These places lead one to load up on things just because they are a good deal. While that is appealing if you need stuff, it is not so great if you don't- or is it still great?

Economically Humble said...

Wow, thats a really great deal you saw at the BuffEx.

Frugal Scholar said...

@Terri--It's the luck of the draw, really. I'm glad I don't live close--too tempting to check ALL THE TIME.

@FE--8aa! those shoes were waiting for you.

@Duchesse--That is a danger, to be sure. But Miss Em is at the age where that is ok, and this way, she comes home with less than she brings.

@EH--there are always a few good deals, but most nice things are gone in a trie.

Shelley said...

That's one thing about shoes - they either fit or they don't. No alterations, no re-styling and over-sized shoes are never going to be in fashion.