The Williamsburg Resale Debate: Beacons Vs. Buffalo

by thriftyfashionista on September 17, 2010

Living in Williamsburg can be expensive. The closer you live to the L train the more expensive your rent is. Add in all the adorable coffee and shops, delicious resturants, and cute little boutiques and your monthly paycheck will be gone before you know it. So it is nice to know that when you are strapped for cash at the end of the month you can multi task by cleaning out your closet to make a little bit of extra cash at one of Williamsburg’s popular and trendy resale shops.
Beacons Closet and Buffalo Exchange are just blocks from each other so it is easy to hop from one store to the next when one or the other sends you out the door with a bag full of rejects. But which one should you go to first? Who will give you the most money/store credit. Here is a little guide to help you decide.

Living in Williamsburg can be expensive. The closer you live to the L train the more expensive your rent is. Add in all the adorable coffee and shops, delicious restaurants, and cute little boutiques and your monthly paycheck will be gone before you know it. So it is nice to know that when you are strapped for cash at the end of the month you can multi – task by cleaning out your closet to make a little bit of extra cash at one of Williamsburg’s popular and trendy resale shops.

Beacons Closet and Buffalo Exchange are just blocks from each other so it is easy to hop from one store to the next when one or the other sends you out the door with a bag full of rejects. But which one should you go to first? Who will give you the most money/store credit. Here is a little guide to help you decide.

Beacons Closet
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For someone coming to Williamsburg to shop I always suggest Beacons Closet as a first stop. Their location in Williamsburg is much larger then the set up they have in Park Slope and it chock full of vintage and high end designer goodies. If you have ever sold stuff there you know that the buyers are meticulous about checking for rips, stains, and over all quality of the garment. The best part? I have never seen and item priced above $65.00 (That said $65 item was the Marc Jacobs Mighty Weekender Bag that retailed for over $500 – yes I bought it).
But what to bring there if you are planning to sell? My number one tip: Pay attention to what season they are buying for. Beaconscloset.com will always let you know what season they are currently looking at, and a quick phone call to the store will let you know what they are fully stocked in so you are not dragging that trash bag full of shoes across Brooklyn for nothing.
They offer 55% of what they price the item for in Trade and 35% in cash and you are allowed to watch as they buy the items or come back later (Come back before they close though or else all items they don’t buy are donated to charity at the end of the night).
If you are mostly selling Vintage clothing take it to Beacons first. They will give you more money for it because they buyers really know their stuff. To get the most for your money I like to buy one thing with my trade and get the rest in cash. The item you are buying becomes cheaper then the tagged priced and I am usually happy to walk out with something new and some cash no matter how little or much they buy.
Buffalo Exchange
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Buffalo Exchange is your first stop if you are selling high end to mid end trendy pieces in good quality. While they offer a little less the Beacons (50% Trade and 30% cash) They price high end merchandise such as bags, shoes, and jeans higher. They will price some bags up to $200.
Do not bring your good quality vintage stuff here as it will be priced at rock bottom. Buffalo also tends to buy a little off season. As long as people are still buying shorts, Buffalo will keep buying shorts. It is also a good idea to call the location to get a better idea of what they are taking and not taking on that particular day.

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