By: Susan Erler | Category: Retail | Issue: September 2010
Amber Post owns the Just Between Friends Owasso franchise.
Just Between Friends is the nation’s leading children’s and maternity consignment sales event, and Owasso is about to experience the annual fall sale. The event brings together over 90,000 items from more than 600 families, so they can all shop, sell and save. Just Between Friends is more than a sale; it is an experience. No more shopping the overpriced malls and large department stores, and no more running from garage sale to garage sale. JBF puts everything you need for your children all in one convenient location. Local owner Amber Post promises, “Once you discover a Just Between Friends event, you will never miss another again!”
For those who have never participated in this sale, Amber has created “JBF 101,” a class to help those who are new to the event. “On Sunday, September 12 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., I will meet with new consignors to help teach them how easy it is. I will show them how to use our user-friendly free bar-coding website and also give them tips on what type of items to bring,” explains Amber. “I also will have products that they will need for tagging at a discounted rate, so everyone who plans to participate can stop by.”
Just Between Friends helps families earn 65 percent or more of the selling price on their items. For most, this is a great way to earn extra cash and get some super deals for themselves as well. For anyone with a little extra time, that percentage earned can be even higher. Volunteers who donate four hours of their time to help set up or assist at the sale can earn a 70 percent return on their sales; for 24 hours of volunteer time, vendors can make 75 percent. “It is such a great system,” states Amber. “We get the volunteer hours we need to be able to put on an event of this size, and they get to earn more cash. It is certainly a win-win for everyone.”
Volunteers, consignors and first-time moms are invited to shop before the public at a special presale. The more you volunteer, the earlier you shop. Volunteers help with all aspects of the sale including marketing and publicity, security, set up and take down, assisting customers, check out and more. “For a typical sale, we will need almost 200 volunteers,” says Amber. So if you have some free time, they would love for you to help out.
Since this is their fall/winter sale, there are some considerations before you bring items to be sold. A strict acceptance process is in place to ensure the best quality items are sold. No short sleeves, shorts, sandals or other “summer” type clothing will be accepted. This guarantees a larger number of items will be sold. Amber says that according to most recent retail data, the average family can only afford to shop for the current season, so that is why JBF has this policy in place. It also helps everyone take home more cash and have less leftover stuff.
Speaking of leftover stuff, JBF is a great friend to two local charities. The Pregnancy Resource Center and Standing in the Gap are both recipients of any leftover items after the sale is complete. “Consignors have the opportunity to let us know if they want their unsold items back or if they want to donate them. Those who decide to donate can feel good that their unwanted items are being put to good use within their own community,” says Amber.
Amber is offering a few special services during this sale too. For those who have items to sell, but no time to tag them, she is offering a “VIP Tagging.” Just call and set a time to drop your things off, and she will tag them with your special barcode. You get to keep 50 percent of the profit with little or no hassle. What a great deal! And, for those who have the time to tag but just can’t wait through the inspection process, valet drop off is perfect for you. Just call ahead to schedule a time to leave your already tagged items with Amber, and she will sort through them, select what will go into the show, and allow you to come back by to get the rest or allow you to donate them. It just can’t get much easier. Fee for this service will be determined by the number of items.
“This is just a great event for everyone involved,” says Amber. “Our average consignor makes over $300, which makes them happy and they get to empty out their cluttered children’s rooms!” With the new personal barcode tagging in place now too, consignors can look online each night and keep track of how much money they are making, something Amber says most husbands enjoy.
The Owasso sale will be held September 22-25, 2010 at the First Assembly of God Church at 96th Street North and Highway 169. Times for the sale are: Wednesday, September 22, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, September 23, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, September 24, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 25 percent off day; and Saturday, September 25, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 50 percent off most items that are left day!
To become involved or for more information, please visit www.jbfsale.com or email Amber Post at: eat1@eau1eav1eaw1