For those of you who've never done JBF, the concept is simple. Kids outgrow their clothes, shoes, toys, etc. faster than our wallets can keep up. So twice a year, consignors sell their new or gently used items to try to recoup some of that money for 50-90% off retail prices. It's a win-win. I've been both a consignor and a shopper at JBF, and I'm a believer. At the last Fall 2011 sale, I made $500 back on baby items, including my kids' crib mattress, exersaucer, and clothes. And in turn, I scored new with tags Gymboree outfits and shoes for my 5 and 2-year-old. Here are the details of this week's Fresno sale:
Fresno Just Between Friends Sale
Fresno Fair Ground Junior Exhibits Building
Wed. April 11th Pre Sale Day (pass required)
Thurs April 12th Opening Day! Hours 10am-7pm
Friday April 13th Hours 10am-7pm
Saturday April 14th Final Day 50% off Hours 10am-4pm (Most items go 50% off)
Here are a few tips I got from Seamlessly Savvy fellow blogger/shopper/consignor Nicole Scholl if you're hitting the sale:
1) Make a list. Bring a list of things each kid needs, their sizes, etc. All the items are sorted by category and the clothes are hung by size but it's easy to get overwhelmed by the racks and racks of stuff. Lot's of times you can find brand new clothes with tags, even toys unopened in the box.
2) Wear comfortable shoes, pack a snack and water. You cannot do JBF in 30 minutes! I've spent hours just walking around, looking at all the stuff.
3) Bring something on wheels. This is important!! An empty stroller, wagon, or rolling cart. Because you will end up with more stuff than you can carry. Guaranteed.
4) Shop often. The last day everything is 50% off. I always try to hit the pre sale for the best selection. But also, return on the last day to get the steals.
See you there! For more information on the Fresno sale contact Kim Colburn: firstname.lastname@example.org
And to see if there is a JBF sale in your area: go to the Just Between Friends website event finder.