By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Retail | Issue: March 2009
Melinda Marlett and Aimee Fannin welcome you to shop and consign at the Jack N Jill Consignment Sale, being held in Pryor March 27-28 and in Claremore April 3-4.
Any parent can tell you – children are expensive! Kids grow so fast and require new clothes and shoes constantly, and of course they always want you to buy them the latest toys and gadgets. With consumers tightening budgets across the board, who can afford it all? Purchasing for your children’s needs and wants is easier and less expensive than you thought when you shop at the Jack N Jill Consignment Sale.
Held twice a year in Pryor and Claremore, Jack N Jill is in its third year of operation. The sale was founded by co-owners Aimee Fannin and Melinda Marlett. The two met in church, where Aimee’s husband Todd is a youth minister and Melinda was working as his administrative assistant. The women became friends and decided to go into business together. “My good friend in Fort Smith had created a children’s consignment sale, and I thought if she could do it, we could do it,” said Aimee.
Aimee and Melinda can easily relate to their shoppers – they each have little ones of their own. Melinda is proud mommy to Peyton, who’s 1, and she has another one on the way. Aimee’s children are Colter, 5, and Kennedy Grace, 3. “We both buy everything our children need at the sale,” says Aimee. “We hope to be doing this for a long time.”
If it has to do with kiddos, the Jack N Jill sale most likely offers it. “This sale is all about children – clothes, shoes, toys, furniture for the nursery, strollers, book shelves, high chairs – the list goes on. Each sale has had a really good selection of everything,” says Aimee.
The clothing, most of it gently used and some of it new, ranges in size from infant to girls size 16 and boys size 20. Socks and shoes, swimwear, pajamas, hats, gloves and maternity clothes are available as well. “We get all kinds of name brands, including Gap, Ralph Lauren, Gymboree, and The Children’s Place,” says Melinda.
You’ll also find diaper bags, blankets, potty chairs, hair bows, belts, child-specific bedding and décor, books, games, videos, strollers, walkers, changing tables, toy boxes and so much more. Cash, check, Visa and MasterCard are accepted. “And we encourage everyone to bring a laundry basket or something to carry all their goodies in,” says Aimee.
From noon to 5 on Saturday (the second day of the sale) will be half-price time. Everything not marked ND for "no discount" is priced half off. “The majority of the items are discounted at this time,” explains Aimee.
Not only can you purchase a wide variety of items and save money at Jack N Jill, you can also earn cash by consigning your children’s items that are no longer being used. Consignors earn 70 percent of their sales, or if they invite two friends to sign up, they earn 75 percent.
In addition to getting rid of unwanted stuff and making good money, being a consignor has another great perk – you get to attend the consignor preview party and shop early. If you want to be one of the very first to shop the sale, you may volunteer and sign up as a sale worker. Sale workers are given the opportunity to shop three and a half hours before the other consignors. Only registered consignors may sign up as workers.
For consignors whose items are not all sold, a donation option is available. If you choose, Jack N Jill will donate your unsold items to Safenet, a domestic violence assault agency with locations in both Claremore and Pryor.
The Jack N Jill Consignment Sale takes place in Pryor at the Mayes County Fair Grounds on March 27 and 28, and in Claremore at the Claremore Expo Center on April 3 and 4.
For more information or to sign up as consignor, go online to www.jacknjillsale.com. Deadline to become a consignor is March 22 at 5 a.m. for the Pryor sale and March 29 at 5 a.m. for the Claremore sale. At this time you must have all your items submitted onto the website. Call Aimee at (918) 530-0530 or Melinda at (918) 373-3343 with any questions.
The Jack N Jill Consignment Sale is the perfect opportunity for parents and grandparents to stock up on some great children’s bargains, so come on out and see what it's all about!
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.