Thursday, June 06, 2013
Astoria Jumps the Shark
The headline reads: "Trendy Consignment Shop Buffalo Exchange Opening New Store in Astoria." The text says, "Hip consignment shop Buffalo Exchange opening its first Queens location in the neighborhood"! Ditmars is all but dead to me. Buffalo Exchange is a national chain of about 50 stores that started out west. The only reason they're in NYC is because the market in Williamsburg was juicy. There are five in NYC. What's next? We have hip Starbucks. Maybe we need a hip Urban Outfitters? Tre cutting edge. Also, Buffalo Exchange might be doomed here, because as we all know from Queens thrift stores, "Garbage in, garbage out." There just isn't good enough firsthand stuff here to make interesting secondhand shopping. Unless they circulate stock among the stores? You want to know what makes a hip store? It's the kind owned and operated by people who live nearby. I strongly suspect Buffalo Exchange replaced one of those.