By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Other | Issue: September 2012
Rows and rows of quality children’s clothing is available at Just Between Friends sales events.
The economy continues to be a big topic of conversation right now for people of all walks of life – everyone is trying to figure out how to pinch a few extra pennies and earn some extra cash. A perfect solution for many families is buying and consigning at Just Between Friends, the nation’s leading children’s and maternity consignment event.
Just when the economy seems to be getting better, something else pops up, and it finds a way to contribute to inflation and the shrinkage of everyone’s take-home pay. This is taking its toll on many families’ budgets, especially when it comes to purchasing for back to school. As many parents know, buying clothes, shoes and other items needed for school can get expensive.
Participating in JBF is a win-win financially for both consignors and shoppers. Consignors typically make 65 percent of sales from their merchandise, while those who consign and volunteer make 70 percent. Consignors also have the advantage of creating their own prices for items no longer being used around the house. With better returns than most consignment shops can offer and far less hassle than a garage sale, consignors are able to take all their items in one day and choose to pick up or donate items that don’t sell.
According to Marcy Leffingwell, one of the new owners of Just Between Friends Broken Arrow/Bixby, the prices and selection for shoppers is unrivaled, and they can find an entire season’s worth of items in one stop without spending a ton of cash. “This helps families not only eat better, they live better because JBF helps put some expendable income back in the family budget because of the great savings that can be found at a JBF sales event,” Leffingwell said.
Typically shoppers can save 50 to 90 percent off clothes and equipment, compared to retail prices. Items available include gently-used children’s, junior’s and maternity clothing in addition to baby equipment, household furniture, software, videos, toys and much more. “Moms, dads and grandparents can get quality items for their children at amazingly low prices and still be able to buy the groceries for that month," Leffingwell said.
Amber Post, franchisee of Southwest Tulsa and Owasso, was a JBF shopper before she started organizing her own JBF events. "We were young college students, broke and on a tight budget," Post said. She had a six-month-old daughter the first time she shopped at a JBF and even then, she was a slave to fashion. Before, Post had to rely on her mom and grandma to buy the really cute things. "I could only afford to buy her the basics and shop the clearance racks, but once I discovered JBF, it was like a dream come true," she said. Suddenly Post could buy everything she wanted for her and not jeopardize her family's budget.
After shopping once, she decided to consign and received a check for $75 from items she sold, and she was hooked. It was so easy to do, and a sales event has so much to offer in terms of clothes, shoes, toys, books and more for the upcoming season.
Daven Tackett, owner of Just Between Friends Tulsa and co-founder of JBF, is most pleased that the sale is a dignified way for a parent to buy children's clothes at great savings. Moms and dads can feel good about letting their children wear and play with the items purchased.
"My mother was divorced and disabled, trying to raise three girls on a fixed income. She did many creative things to make ends meet, including buying some of our clothes from resale and going to garage sales," Tackett said. "As kids, we didn't know there was any other way to buy clothes. We were just always excited and happy about getting something new to wear."
Families across the nation are realizing shopping resale/consignment makes sense. Just Between Friends has two area sales coming up. Owasso will occur September 13-16 next to Reasor’s, and JBF Broken Arrow/Bixby is taking place October 11-13 at the SpiritBank Event Center. For more information, such as event hours, go to JBFSale.com.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.