Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Are ALL Buy, Sell, and Trade Businesses Interchangeable?

Hello Luvs,

All thrifted and all me.
So, being in a new area and in need to thin out Eartha even more my go to option is to take them to a buy, sell, or trade business (before even thinking of donating them). Out of the all the options I tend to flutter to two specific ones. I thought I would share a little about them and what I've taken away from my recent experiences in the Portland area. All in all it has been positive. To make sure that you walk away feeling satisfied versus deflated you should read on.

One of the companies is Crossroads Trading Co. I used to work for them on and off for several years. Because my best friend worked (still does) there and the environment seemed more my speed I left a job that paid almost 3x's more to work there. The times spent in Northern California working at CTC were great. I fell in love with sushi and honed my vintage knowledge skills along with high end mastery. Wait, I digress....I am no longer there and this is a completely different topic. Thus far I have been to two locations with one I took in some things to and the other I scoped out to see what they are looking for. The reason why I have not been back even though I know that there are items they would buy (after taking a walk around) is because of my experience at the first. Because I was new to the area I admit that I didn't have my brands dialed in. That was part of the problem. I say part of the problem because it isn't/wasn't the reason why I will hold off on bringing things in to that specific location. With my years of experience I know the way a seller should be treated and the relaxed nature there needs to be to put the seller at ease. If the person who is buying from you seems uncomfortable, distant, and robotic it just doesn't feel right. Others might not have the same impression, and knowing the business model I give benefit of the doubt at the very start. How it goes from there is the question. Being given a rehearsed statement at the end of everything isn't the greatest end. Yes, they did buy a few things. I'll give them that, but some of the reasoning was not appropriate (age and condition) when I saw items just like them in the store in abundance. If.....I say if I was told that they found they aren't selling or have too much then ok. Anything else just doesn't work. In the end they seem to have shifted to more of a boutique resale store. I'm sure their shift (wasn't always that way) has been successful for them or they wouldn't venture there. Will I sell at their other location? Maybe....if I do I will post an update.
One of the recent goodies sold.

So, what is the key to selling at Crossroads? I would do the following in order to give yourself the best chance of success.

-If you are able to, go in and look at what they have in stock. You can visit their website to check the season they're buying for along with the brands they DO NOT BUY.
-Since each location might lean toward different items (contemporary versus vintage or long handles versus short on bags) to fit a slightly different customer. They will however let you know which labels do best for them.
- Make sure your items are clean and have all their moving parts.
-Bring in items that are within the last 2 or so years and season appropriate. Folks that are keen on wearing what is happening at the moment will do well. Fortunately, if you bought them recently and they don't fit and you can't return them while still fitting the guidelines you are in luck.

*For more information simply click the link: https://crossroadstrading.com/
Recently while in Northern CA.
ran into the lovely Melissa-
a previous CTC co-worker.

Now onto the other company I have frequented more while in the area.....Buffalo Exchange. When working for Crossroads I thought that Buffalo was not the beast for me. I had a wonky perception of just what they were. Josh always showed a preference for shopping there for his needs. Over the years my perception about B.E. has changed. Maybe it has more to do with me versus them, but I have found that they fall more toward everyone who loves the buy/sell/trade industry in addition to a quirky (for me...ALL OVER THE PLACE!) sense of style. I'm not saying that CTC or others are not great places to go. I am saying that for what I buy and later try to sell B.E. really fits me. Not only because of my love of an awesome rock tee, vintage wallet, or kicka** boots, but for the willingness to try untested items because of their gut. Yep, they follow trends just like others, but their variety of trends sets them apart from others. Not just Stephanie and Rick but for Skylar and yes....Kat. I have tried both locations in the Portland area and they buy slightly different things, however the complete experience leaves you feeling like they are about the experience. It pains me a bit to admit it, but it is how I really feel. When in this area I will frequent their locations. I know that they are not perfect (did not sell a bag there because the price was too low for it in comparison to what it retailed-better fit for Crossroads or Ebay) but they do their best to offer you the best price. Add to that the buy by mail, buying vintage (most locations that I've visited), and the Earth Day Sale (items for $1-this year it is on the 22nd) and you are in resale heaven! Oh, and I found my new FAVORITE bag there! Hello...!
Boots from store in N.C. that I
traded with.

So, what are the tricks for selling at Buffalo?

-The same list as above. But, you can take in vintage items to them. As long as they are clean and without holes., and with all their moving parts...that will never change for either. 

*For more information simply click the link: https://www.buffaloexchange.com/
Will my Weezer shirt go to B.E. soon?

I have visited strictly vintage buying businesses in the area but only once. I feel it would not be enough to get a feel for their practices. When I have more visits I will let you know my thoughts.

Speaking of thoughts....would LOVE to know yours. Leave a comment below and let me know what YOU think.

Til next time,


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