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New Vintage Clothing Store Coming To The Heart Of The Andersonville Strip

A new vintage clothing store that considers itself a fashionable ‘exchange,’ will be opening up their next location in the heart of Andersonville where the old Pars Persian Store recently closed at 5252 N. Clark.

Buffalo Exchange is a privately-owned, family business that was started back in 1974 by Kerstin and Spencer Block in Tucson, Arizona. The business flourished in the original 450 sq. ft. space near the University of Arizona and has since grown to over 49 stores in 17 states. Since the passing of Spencer, the couple’s daughter Rebecca has stepped in to help run the business.

Buffalo Exchange provides a space where individuals can browse through the current inventory which is regularly being updated. They will also buy used clothing after a value is determined from a trained buyer. Sellers can then choose to either receive a percentage of that value in cash or store credit.

It seems very fitting that Kerstin, who grew up in Sweden, opens her next store in Andersonville. She has been a driving force in the industry by helping lead the resale fashion movement over the last 45 years. She was named a Regional Entrepreneur of the Year in the Retail/Consumer Products category by Ernst & Young LLP in 2009. She was the first female to win that award.

The Andersonville store will be their second location in Chicago with the first opening in Wicker Park. Buffalo Exchange Andersonville is expected to open in early 2019.


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