Just Between Friends Consignment Sale April 5-7


Today’s post is sponsored by Just Between Friends – the nation’s leading children’s and maternity consignment event being held at Events Center West April 5 – 7 in West Des Moines. 

DMMB visited with Sally Messinger, the founder of JBF Des Moines to learn more about this exciting event:

DMMB: How did you get started with Just Between Friends?

Sally: My five year old son just finished going through three sizes in a year.  Yes, three sizes! My two precious, growing boys are the center of my world but I was desperately seeking a way to get them what they needed without having to refinance my house every few years!

One day, a friend handed me a colorful postcard advertising Just Between Friends, a children’s consignment sale in the community where I lived at the time.  What I experienced on my first visit to a Just Between Friends sale turned my over-spending, stressed about growing kids, worried about expenses, world, upside down! All I could think while I was shopping this huge, organized, bargain hunters dream was how much this type of sale was needed in Central Iowa.

Fast forward a couple years and here we are preparing for our third event in Des Moines with the goal of helping families save money on everything they need from newborn to teen!

DMMB: Tell us about the sale and how it all works.

Sally: JBF is a children’s and maternity consignment event happening once in the spring and once in the fall.  There are 140 sales all around the country run by moms just like us who have a desire to get great bargains, bring money back into their homes, recycle their children’s items and help their community.  And, the bonus, its sooooo easy!

Here’s how it works (Easy Peasy!):

  1. You tag your items using our easy, online tagging system.  You even set your own prices and write your own descriptions.  JBF gives a listing of recommended price points, but you can price your items and describe them however you like.
  2. You drop your items at the event and we take it from there.  We inspect for recalls, stains, missing parts and anything else that would keep items from being a great find for our shoppers.
  3. You shop!  Really, this is the fun part!  You will save 50-90% on clothing, shoes, toys, educational games, bikes, outdoor toys, books and more!
  4. At the end of the sale, you can pick-up your unsold items or we can donate them for you and give you a tax deduction slip.
  5. You get paid!

We are run by volunteers, mostly moms, just like you.  Our volunteers earn a higher percentage on their items and they get to shop early!  Whooo Hooo!  We partner with a local charity (Hope Ministries) who will receive any donated items after the sale.

New this sale, we have several different fund raising opportunities for your child’s sports team, club, organization, youth group, etc.

DMMB: Why won’t our Moms want to miss this? (besides the obvious!)

Sally: It’s the best place to Shop, Sell, and Save . . . Smart! Join us anytime April 5-7.  Parking is free!

We are accepting consignors for this event and online signup is simple and fast. For all the details on how to sign up, what we accept and more, check us out online and see how consigning can help you shop, sell and save! See easy tips for First Time Shoppers, Consigners and Volunteers here. An added bonus – consigners get to shop EARLY too!

Print this post or show it on your phone to get in FREE on opening day April 5th.

Get more information online, and be sure to Like JBF on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @jbfdesmoines. Watch for details about the Fall sale in September!

Today’s giveaway will give one lucky Mama a $25 JBF gift card!

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