By: Value News | Category: Consumer News | Issue: September 2006
Donna Pepper displays some brand name clothing brought in for the Just Between Friends Children’s and Maternity Consignment Sale. “Making money or saving money, which one is better?”
Just Between Friends of Owasso is having their fourth Children’s and Maternity Consignment Sale October 5th-7th and is promising to be bigger and better than ever!
If you haven’t heard, this is your chance to bring your children’s gently used clothing, toys, baby equipment, and furniture and earn seventy-percent on all sold consignment items.
“Last spring we had over two hundred families consign and sold over 8,000 items,” says Donna Pepper, owner and organizer. “We are so excited to be holding this next sale at Owasso First Assembly Church’s facility this year. There is so much room and the parking and location are excellent.”
Consignors need to hear the good news and anyone is welcome to participate. Go online to register as a consignor at www.jbfsale.com and click on the Owasso sale page.
Once you get your number you may make your tags, determine your own prices, and drop off your items. In two short weeks you’ll get your check in the mail. It’s that easy!
“The average check amount I send out is for approximately two hundred dollars,” Donna reports. This is one of the many reasons people want to get involved.
Additional perks are given for those who volunteer, distribute sale promotional material or help the sale run smoothly. “By becoming a volunteer or consignor, you get to shop at the presale before we open to the public!” Donna says. “Volunteers get first choice of thousands of quality items at below-market prices.”
All items brought in are examined for quality. “Many people think of this sale as a huge garage sale when in reality it is more like a huge children’s store,” Donna explains. “Because of the clothing being separated by gender and size, neatly hung up and the entire sale organized down to the Disney videos being all together, it is very much like a store, not the typical mess of a garage sale.”
Saturday, the last day of the sale, is half price day. Consignors can decide if they want their unsold items to be offered at half price. With discounts like this, most merchandise is cleared out. But what happens to the items that don’t sell? Again, consignors have a choice. They can pick up their items at the end of the sale or donate them to the Laura Dester Children’s Shelter in Tulsa.
“This is a fabulous agency with a huge need,” Donna says. A branch of the Department of Human Services, the Laura Dester Shelter is a temporary stopping point for infants and children up to eighteen-years old who have been removed from their homes for one reason or another. Before they go into a foster home they may stay at the shelter for up to twenty-four hours. During this time, they need clothes, pajamas, shoes and toiletries.
“Some of these children come to the shelter with only the clothes on their back,” as Donna describes their urgent needs. “Anything they receive during this difficult transition time is helpful.”
“My husband Cam and I started doing this (consignment sale) in Illinois. I was born and raised there and wanted to give something back to the community. By owning JBF-Owasso we get to give back to this community, where our children are being raised.”
“Most people have tubs and tubs of clothing that their child has outgrown,” Donna says. “Our sale is a great way to get rid of them, and it is a great way to get new items for your children that they can use now.”
Make sure to mark your calendars for October 5th – 7th and tell your friends about the JBF Sale being held at the Owasso First Assembly Church. It’s a great way to save money and make money! JBF in Owasso will be hosting a Kids Safety Fair Saturday morning with child ID kits available as well as car seat ID stickers. An Owasso fire department truck will also visit.
October 5th-7th at Owasso First Assembly Church