Hey all of my local friends, it’s that time of year again!! Just Between Friends event at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe! Just Between Friends is the best place for consignment sale shopping for your entire family!
It’s no secret that you save tons of $$ at these events. Most items have been marked down 50-90% off retail prices. You’ll find children’s clothes from birth through teenage years, maternity, nursing and regular clothes for mama, toys, games and gear and so much more!
There’s JBF sales all across North America two times (sometimes three) a year and I’m extremely fortunate that the closest event to me is 20 min. from my house at the Evergreen State Fairground in Monroe, WA.
The Fall consignment sale is Sept 12 – 14th – with a little bit of pre-sale access too (I’ll talk about that in just a sec!).
Because of the sheer volume of what is available at JBF sales, it’s very easy to get overwhelmed and carried away. Now that I’ve been to a few of these sales, I’ll fill you in on some helpful tips for making the most out of your shopping experience.
1. Start compiling a list ahead of time on what you’re looking for. Think about the sizes and toys you’ll need for the next 6 months or so, what kind of gear or helpful things you’d like to have. This upcoming sale is the “fall” sale, so be on the look out for cold weather and holiday items! That means think ahead for gifts too!
2. Bring help! It’s always more fun to shop with friends, right? This way you get a second pair of eyes on what is cute, extra hands with kiddos, or simply a budget enforcer.
3. Try to arrange some help or an alternative activity for the kids. At the last JBF event, I saw many Mommy’s with kids and they were not happy campers. The kids were totally overwhelmed by all of the “goodies”. Also prepare yourself for long check out lines – at really popular sales I’ve waited in line for close to an hour! YIKES! I’ve experienced and heard my own fair share of toddler and baby meltdowns while in line.
4. Have an idea of what the item is worth, and if it’s a good deal or not. I write this as a note on my shopping list.I see something unexpected at the sale, I pull out my cell phone and do a quick google search to see what retail price is. At the last sale, I snagged a wooden balance bike for over half off retail! The consignors try to keep prices competitive and you should expect at least 50% off retail at these sales, but sometimes the deal is not as good as you may think it is.
The JBF Sale wouldn’t be anything without consignors, so if you are thinking to clear out some of your clutter, sign up to consign. Consignors will earn a base of 60% on their sales (less a $10 Consignor fee), but can earn more and have the fee waived if you volunteer. Here’s the details you’ll need on this season’s consignment sale: