Buffalo Exchange!

“This green is so pretty, but it looks terrible on me! Oh well, I’ll probably need it for St. Patrick’s Day or something.”

“Aw, I got this t-shirt from the kids I worked with in Chicago. Too bad it’s so big! Oh well, I’ll probably wear it to the gym at some point.”

“I love these pants. They are so tight, but will fit me when I start working out more. I’ll save them!”

“This dress was such a good deal – why don’t I ever wear it?”

“I’ve had this sweatshirt forever! I never want to part with it!”

Can you relate to any of this? I know I can.

I am SUCH a clothes hoarder it’s unbelievable – I could literally make an excuse for every piece of clothing I own. Whether I hold on to something real tight (I’m talking death grip here, people) because I say I’ll wear something during a specific month, on a specific day, a couple of years down the line, or because I convince myself that having hundreds of t-shirts is actually a good thing (I need them all for the gym, duh!), or for sentimental reasons like the basketball sweatshirt I have from when we won the CYO championship in 5th grade, or things I keep for pure bragging rights on scoring great deals (I know no one cares about the $50 BCBG heels I got at a sample sale in the Hamptons but I just can’t bear the thought of getting rid of them). My list of excuses could go on and on. I’ve been lost in a sea of clothes I forget I even have, shoes I never wear and bags that don’t stand a chance – for years. And now Colin has to put up with it – the poor guy needs more room, I get it!

…..Buffalo Exchange to the rescue!

I’ve heard about Buffalo Exchange before and it sounded really cool, but I never visited. A couple of weekends ago, Colin was up in Vermont and I was home alone for the weekend. I could do whatever I wanted, because I was a free woman! So, what did I decide to do? Well, since I really like to live my life on the edge…I cleaned out my closet, went through my dressers and then debated internally with myself for a couple of hours (what to keep/what to get rid of…what to keep/what to get rid of) before heading to Davis Square (there are two MA locations – Allston and Davis Square) to try out BE.

Davis Square location

Inside Davis Square location

Upon arrival, I was greeted by a super-friendly, very cool looking girl (I totally forget her name now unfortunately, but she was really great!) and she asked me, “Are you selling today?” (She didn’t mean drugs, she meant my clothes, FYI). “Yes, I am. It’s my first time!” (She smiled, but secretly probably thought I was a wacko). “Great, there’s just one person in front of you but I’ll be with you as soon as possible.” I was glad someone was in front of me.

I was glad because, for one – I wasn’t in a rush at all. Secondly – it gave me a chance to watch the process with two seasoned pro’s (the buyer – the super-friendly, cool looking girl, and the seller – she looked like she had sold clothes there before). Lastly, it let me see what type of clothes they would take (I was nervous of ‘clothes judging’ – I didn’t want them to think all of my clothes were lame!).

After the seller-pro in front of me was all set, it was my turn! The super-friendly, cool looking buyer looked through my big bag of clothes examining each piece and deciding if they would work for their shop or not. If they worked she would put a tag on the item, enter it into their system and toss it into a bin. If it didn’t work she quietly placed them aside and then I put them back into my bag. Turns out, they wanted most of the stuff I brought with me which meant that I could get either $45 bucks or $90 in store credit. I shopped around for a bit and decided to take the store credit! (Come on, I need more shit!) Actually, I proudly walked away with only two valuable investments (won’t crowd the closet too bad) – a nice wrap sweater from Banana Republic and a beautiful, black dress from Anne Klein (with the tags still on!) that I’m hoping to wear around the holidays. Not too shabby!

I liked my experience at the Buffalo Exchange so much, I went back the next day with more stuff – and brought Meg (and her excess crap) with me! The incentive of getting money back for good quality clothes I don’t want anymore, or just don’t have room for anymore really motivated me to clean out my closet (who doesn’t need a little extra cash around the holidays?). Plus, the fact that I could leave things there to be donated was such a great added bonus! I highly suggest giving the Buffalo Exchange a try – it was very interesting (and helpful). I will definitely be back. :)

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Things I learned:

  • Your clothes don’t have to have a designer label – I sold some Forever 21, Old Navy, Target (etc.) stuff so don’t be scared about that (what do you have to lose?)
  • You can sell clothes, shoes, jewelry, bags, etc. – feel free to give the shop a call before you go in to see if they are looking for anything specific at the moment
  • You can leave your stuff at the store that they don’t want and you don’t want – and then will donate them
  • You can receive cash (a lower percentage) or store credit (a higher percentage) for your items on the spot
  • Once you sell for your first time and register, the next time you go in all you have to do is give them your phone number and show your ID and you’re good to go
  • They are mostly looking for things that are in season (that people are looking to buy), so since it’s almost December, you can keep your fabulous, fancy flip flops at home until the weather warms up
  • They buy and sell both men and women’s clothing (and accessories)
  • It’s really fun! Plus you get money, or store credit for new things so it’s also quite exciting!
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No excuses, blog like a champion

I have been such a slacker; zero blogging this weekend. I am ashamed of myself. Please accept my most sincere apologies. My new motto will now be, ‘No excuses, blog like a champion.’

Happy Spring everyone! I hope everyone enjoyed the BEAUTIFUL weather we had over the weekend, especially Saturday.

Now even though we had such a great day, it was hard not to be jealous of this picture message I received from my sister Kelly who was hanging out with my parents in Vegas. I may be a weeee bit jealous but I’m also really happy they’re having such a good time!

Kelly's lounging poolside and Colleen is jealous.

I started my Saturday off with a 9am appointment at the Robert Jason Salon in Andover. I didn’t want to be inside at all, but since my roots were taking over I needed some highlights asap (not a natural blond, big surprise! Is there such thing as a ‘real blond’ anyway?)

This was my first time to the salon – I have given up on my old hair stylist due to the fact that a visit to her salon is like a glimpse into the life of one of the ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ (or Revere.) Also, the whole experience never takes less than five hours and you won’t leave without hearing an inappropriate story such as the time she got into a screaming match with her boyfriend in the driveway, which resulted in her breaking his windshield. To top it all off, they had ice-cold water to wash your hair – not exactly a pleasant experience. She always gave me a great cut and excellent highlights, but it’s time to move on. When you feel like your stylist should be paying you, instead of the other way around, it’s time to find a new one.

Back to the Robert Jason Salon… It was awesome! Everyone was so nice and the girl who did my hair (Ashley) did a wonderful job. I will definitely be going back. I highly recommend it.

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And, new customers get $25 off their first visit!

http://www.robertjasonsalon.com/pdfs/25_coupon.pdf

Next, I convinced Colin to come for a run. My body was tired but since I’m training for the half marathon I knew I just had to push myself. The whole time during the run I was wishing SO BAD that I was just going for a walk, or just sitting on a bench, relaxing, enjoying the sun. I kept cramping up and I had to stop and walk a few times. Colin was doing way better than I was and he hasn’t been training for a race. It was beyond frustrating. I literally had to say Hail Marys throughout the run in order to get my mind off the fact that I was running (also to have God and his team up their on my side in case I croaked.) When we finished our run I had a bit of a breakdown. I just felt so disappointed with myself; I felt defeated. Luckily Colin gave me a really encouraging pep talk to help snap me out of it. In the end, I knew I had to get my run in for the day even though I didn’t want to, and I did. I finished. I didn’t just convince myself that it was OK to walk the rest of the way, I didn’t give up. That’s what’s gonna help me cross that finish line in April.

After our run we headed back to Newton (where Colin lives) he went to play basketball and I went in search of new shoes for our night out in Boston. I tried on some really cool heels at Target that I loved but felt way too tall in. This girl standing by me complimented how great they looked. She was extremely nice and eventually encouraged me to get them! I am really happy I did, so I owe her a thank you. Maybe she’s reading my famous blog right now…

Here are the shoes –  http://www.target.com/Mossimo-Palani-Gladiator-Sandals-Black/dp/B002OO7Z5I/ref=br_1_4?ie=UTF8&frombrowse=1&searchView=grid5&searchNodeID=13836771&node=13836771&sr=1-4&searchRank=pmrank&searchPage=1&sessionID=182-8267774-4505357&searchSize=30&qid=

I’m roughly 6’5 in them, no big deal…

Saturday night a bunch of us went out for Danielle’s birthday. First we started the night off at Nuge and Christine’s (aka X) apartment; we had some drinks and a lovely dinner (including a cake, candles and a beautiful rendition of ‘happy birthday.’) Then we headed to Buskers which is over by The Garden. It was a really good time! The DJ played a lot of good music and we danced the whole time we were there. Total success.

My camera phone is a bit blurry. Xis lookin good though!

The lovely Rippa hailing a cab! (none of my friends have 'real' names by the way)

The beautiful birthday girl!

I heard about 3 new websites over the weekend and they’re awesome! Figured I would share…

When.com – http://www.when.com/ Lists all sorts of activities to do in your area, ranging from free events, sporting events, restaurant deals, etc.

Going.com – http://boston.going.com/ Similar deal with a more hip look to their website. People can post stuff they hear about and they also have a ‘recession busters’ section which lists cheap/free events.

Trails.com – http://www.trails.com/ ‘Your guide to the outdoors,’ You type in your area and they’ll give you places to explore on a nice day. Hopefully the good weather will continue. Fingers crossed…

Tourtracker.com – http://www.tourtracker.com/ The who-what-where-when of concerts.

Tomorrow the Soul Fire BBQ in Allston has an all you can eat wings special on Mondays from 5pm-10pm for $8.99. Get your wings however you like ‘em – buffalo, hickory smoked, spicy honey, Southern fried, apple bacon (featured flavor of the week.) http://www.soulfirebbq.com/ – 182 Harvard Ave, Allston, (617) 787-3003.

Today we took Lady to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Lawrence for a little bit, then relaxed the rest of the day. Went to church at 5:30 where I got to see two girls who volunteered the same year I did. It was a very nice surprise! We then went to Whole Foods, I got my groceries for the week (more strawberries and grapes which I already taste tested, and they are delicious.) Then Colin made some amazing burgers paired with equally amazing sweet potato fries with a maple glaze. Ooooweeee it was a good dinner!

It’s been a busy weekend and I’m looking at a busy week ahead so it’s time to get some sleep. Goodnight readers, hope you had a great weekend :)

PS- We’ve been watching the new show Life on the Discovery Channel and I’m definitely gonna have nightmares of Komodo Dragons tonight.

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