The next time you're looking for a fun, quirky place to shop in Tucson, head to the city's far west side for an afternoon of browsing at Buffalo Trading Post. The new 3,500-square-foot retail space specializes in new and gently used clothing, shoes, fashion accessories and housewares. You'll also find a small and unique selection of furniture, home decor items and Mexican imports.
Buffalo Trading Post is the brainchild of Kerstin Block, the founder of the mega-successful Buffalo Exchange New and Recycled Fashions. Block opened the first Buffalo Exchange boutique in Tucson in 1974. Since then, the Tucson-based chain has grown to 48 stores in 17 states, where it's a favorite with teenagers and college-age fashionistas.
The new Buffalo Trading Post just opened its doors in Cat Mountain Shopping Center in Tucson — Photo courtesy of Buffalo Trading Post
Block calls Buffalo Trading Post the "older sibling" to Buffalo Exchange, specializing in clothes and accessories that will appeal to more sophisticated shoppers. The store carries brands like Chico's, Loft and Coldwater Creek. If you're looking to inject some cowboy chic into your everyday wardrobe, the store also carries a variety of Southwest-inspired belts, shoes, boots, scarves and purses.
Although most of the clothing inventory at Buffalo Trading Post is geared toward women, there's a small selection of men's items, including Western wear and vintage Hawaiian shirts.
Apart from hard-to-find clothes and accessories, shoppers will also find a changing inventory of Mexican pottery, outdoor furniture and mid-century kitchen items like Pyrex dishes. Textiles, serapes and wall hangings from Mexico and South America are also for sale.
Like its sibling store, Buffalo Trading Post operates on the principal of buy, sell and trade. Customers can bring in their gently used items and receive trade credit or cash if it's accepted by the store. All items sold at the store are clean and in good condition.
Buffalo Trading Post is located at Cat Mountain Station, a restored 1950s-era artisan shopping center located just west of central Tucson. It's a convenient stop if you're heading to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum or Old Tucson Studios for the day.
The Cat Mountain Station shopping plaza has a lovely brick courtyard, ramada and fountain. Apart from Buffalo Trading Post, the plaza is home to art galleries; a cafe; and Cat Mountain Lodge, a five-bedroom, eco-friendly bed and breakfast. It's also the site of a private observatory, which is open to the public by appointment.
You can find out more about Buffalo Trading Post and Cat Mountain Station by calling the store at (520) 578-0226.