Helping Families Stretch Budgets

Just Between Friends consignment sales save families money on children’s clothes and equipment.

By: Paul Tackett | Category: Other | Issue: August 2012

A shopper finds a great bargain at a recent Just Between Friends sale.

A shopper finds a great bargain at a recent Just Between Friends sale.

Just Between Friends continues to help families stretch their budget by continuing to offer children's clothes and equipment at unbelievable savings.

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. For many families, the toll on the family's budget continues and with back to school around the corner, many parents know ­buying clothes for their children and the necessary equipment can be expensive.

Just Between Friends, the nation's leading children's and maternity consignment sales event, helps families find some stability and security by being able to purchase an entire season’s wardrobe, even school uniforms, on a reasonable budget.

Marcy Leffingwell, one of the new owners of Just Between Friends Broken Arrow/Bixby, doesn't always know where to begin when she starts talking about her JBF sales event. "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 ­experience 50 to 90 percent off clothes and equipment, ­compared to retail prices. "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. For the upcoming season, Just Between Friends has four area sales to choose from. Southwest Tulsa is scheduled for August 4-6 at the Glenpool Conference Center, followed by JBF Tulsa, the franchise system’s largest sales event, set for August 19-25 at Expo Square. 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

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