Searching for the perfect designer threads but don’t have the cash flow to support it? No problem. Buffalo Exchange in the East Village has got your back. Normally I am anti-thrift store; the very idea of owning something that has touched another person’s body grosses me out to extremes, but a girlfriend whose opinion I highly value recommended Buffalo Exchange to me, and I have to admit I stand corrected. With everything from 80’s style prom dresses, billowy tee shirts that I have affectionately renamed “fat people clothes”, sparkle sneakers, a whole slew of gold jewelry, blouses, jeans, and shorts, Buffalo Exchange offers a wide variety of used goods that actually look kind of new. Excited at the prospect of owning a Theory dress for $20, I grabbed a ton of items off the racks and hit the dressing room. This turned out to be an epic fail. There’s a reason why people sell their old clothes. Either they don’t fit properly, or they’re not really that cute once you get home, or you can never find an appropriate occasion to wear said garment. After spending about an hour in the dressing room (I am a terrible solo shopper, I can never decide if things actually look good on me or if an article of clothing is worth the money), I had narrowed down my pile to two dresses. The first was a geometrically patterned BCBG dress that could have been cute, I just couldn’t tell after trying on 87 dresses. The second was a black strapless maxi dress that had this weird knot/bow thing in the center. I was starting to lose my patience, it was 100 degrees in there, and the strapless dress was $13 bucks. I needed to get the hell out of there. I bought the dress and rolled. I’d definitely go back to Buffalo Exchange, just with a friend, and with the air conditioner on.