By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Retail | Issue: March 2016
Amber Post, franchise owner of Just Between Friends in Owasso, Jenks/Glenpool, Broken Arrow, and Lee’s Summit.
You’ve probably seen the billboards and heard their commercials on the radio, but you may not know what the Just Between Friends sale is all about. Is it a buying club? Do you have to be a member? Where does the merchandise come from? Amber Post, who owns the Owasso, Broken Arrow, Jenks/Glenpool, and Lee’s Summit, Missouri franchises, is happy to explain.
In 1997, a group of friends got together in Tulsa and formed Just Between Friends. These young mothers wanted to dress their children well and save money while offering their outgrown items for sale to others. The concept started in a living room, where they gathered to “shop” from each other’s surplus items. It quickly grew into the nationally franchised business it is today. The sales offer high-quality, gently-worn items for children and expectant mothers, and take place in large facilities around the country twice a year. The Owasso JBF Sale will be held April 13-16 at Friendship Baptist Church, located at 86th Street North and 145th East Avenue in Owasso. The Just Between Friends Broken Arrow sale will be held April 1-3 at Rhema Ninowski Recreation Center (on 71st Street just east of Aspen).
Since the sales are next month, that gives families plenty of time to gather the extra clothes, toys and other items in their home and become consignors. A consignor is simply a mom (or dad) like you! If you can look around your house and see toys, clothes and equipment with lots of life left in them, it’s time to get involved with JBF and turn those outgrown items into money for your family. Visit www.owasso.jbfsale.com or www.ba.jbfsale.com for all the details on how to get signed up and tag those items. You set the price and earn 60 percent of the selling price (70 to 80 percent if you consign and volunteer). “No time to tag? We can do it for you – it’s called VIP tagging,” adds Amber. Checks are mailed to consignors a week after the sale, and volunteers receive their checks the day after the sale closes.
JBF accepts clothing for infants up to size 14; shoes size 0 to 8; accessories such as hats, belts, hair bows, socks, gloves and mittens; maternity and new mommy gear; sports and outdoor equipment; toys; electronics such as gaming systems and computer games; crafts including art easels, jewelry-making kits and paint by numbers; books and board games; baby equipment such as car seats, strollers, bouncy seats and swings; furniture; nursery and children’s room décor and bedding; and other miscellaneous children’s items including diapers, kids’ towels, and sippy cups.
JBF is the perfect opportunity to sell items you no longer need, and shop for clothes and kids’ items you will need for the future. “Those who volunteer get to shop first before anyone else at our presale. Next are the consignors, then first-time moms with children under 12 months, daycare owners and teachers,” says Amber. “There are literally thousands of quality items to choose from, and they are all priced below market.”
Merchandise is separated by gender and size and neatly hung up, and the entire sale is organized into categories. All items are examined for quality, and the sale resembles a huge children’s store as opposed to a garage sale atmosphere. “Most of the items are sold because of the great discounts, but items that are left over can be picked up by their consignors or donated to local charities.”
JBF accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover and cash.
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.
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