This article has been updated April 1, 2019.
There's a good chance you've heard of Just Between Friends. And that's because this popular consignment sale is the talk of parents everywhere. Whether you are looking to shop or sell this is the place to be. I'm so happy to bring you this special Q&A with Just Between Friends Mount Vernon/Marysville owner, Courtney Evens. You can find more information about this event here.
North Parent Press: Can you tell us about the Just Between Friends sale and how it works?
Courtney Evans: JBF is a safe marketplace where families can sell the items their kids are no longer using, and buy the next stage of essentials for 50-90% off retail. JBF is a full community driven event! Parents can clear clutter from their home and MAKE MONEY, families can shop those items and SAVE MONEY, and at the end, a ton of the unsold items are donated to local charity, where the stuff is distributed to local kids who really need it. Just Between Friends is all about families helping families.
North Parent Press: I’d love to hear how you got started and where your inspiration came for this business. Can you share some of that?
Courtney Evans: I was introduced to JBF when I was pregnant with my second child. First I shopped and was amazed at the amount of stuff I was able to get for my new baby! Then we found out she was a girl (and I only had boy stuff saved up) so I decided to consign. My first time consigning I made $300! After that, I was hooked! I just wish I would have known about JBF when I was a young single mom. JBF does so much good and I knew that I wanted to be a part of it. Last year I was invited to do an interview with corporate, it was a great experience.
North Parent Press: How does this consignment event work?
Courtney Evans: The average consignor check is $300. Can you imagine cleaning your kid's room and walking away with $300!? It’s easier than you think.
Step 1: Gather the items you want to sell.
Step 2: Prep and price them.
Step 3: Print and attach the tags.
Step 4: Bring them to the event during drop off day.
Step 5: Watch your stuff sell and get a check 2 weeks later!
Step 6: Choose to donate your unsold items to charity (then you’re done), want to pick up your unsold items? Come to the event during pick up day and all your stuff will be sorted in one pile for you to pick up and leave.
Consignor receives up to 70% back on sold items (minus an $11 consignor fee which is pulled from the check, so there are no upfront fees). Consignors also get an early presale shopping pass, and an exclusive half-price party to shop half price before the public!
North Parent Press: What advice do you have for parents who are having a hard time parting with their children’s things?
Courtney Evans: Use three baskets when you’re cleaning their room. Basket 1- sentimental items that you just can’t part with. Basket 2- items that are too worn, stained, or broken. These are items that should be donated and not sold. Basket 3- the stuff you’re ready to part with and sell. When the sell basket is full, go through and tag and price the items. Once they are prepped and done, put them in a box and set it aside. Do this over the course of a month and before you know it, you’ll have tons of stuff done and ready for the sale!
Every once in a while go back through the sentimental items, sometimes at the moment, it will seem important to save, when in reality you might not actually want to keep it. Think of the next family that will be able to put that item to good use and make their own new memories with it. Thinking of it that way, helps me be able to separate the emotion of items, and treasure the memories that are attached to it instead.
North Parent Press: Decluttering, especially with young children can be very overwhelming. How can parents tackle this without making it so stressful?
Courtney Evans: Try the basket system. By doing it in smaller batches, it makes it so much easier! And seriously, before you know it, you’ll have a ton of stuff ready for the sale. Also, consider donating all your items to our charity afterward. The idea is to get it out of the house, right? If it doesn’t sell let it have a new life with a family that might not be able to afford to shop. The bonus is that it won’t be coming back home, it’ll be out of your house for good!
North Parent Press: What can attendees expect when they come to your sale?
Courtney Evans: You can expect to walk into the sale and find your tribe. Yes, you’ll find thousands of great quality, well-priced kids items, but you’ll also find a family. JBF is a supportive, non-judgmental place, where families of all backgrounds are welcome! It takes a village to raise a family, and we believe you shouldn’t have to do it alone. We’re here for you!
North Parent Press: What tips do you have for people to get the most out of your consignment sale?
Courtney Evans: Make a list of needs, wants, and like to have’s. Bring cash to help stay within your budget.
Plan to come to the sale at least twice. First, come to the presale, and get the needs. By coming to presale you’ll have access to all the best stuff first! Then come again on half price or up to 75% off day and find the wants and like to have’s. Discount days will give you even more savings! JBF Mount Vernon and JBF Issaquah are the only JBF events that offer up to 75% off savings on the final sale day.
When you come to shop go in this order:
1. Big items (strollers, pack and play, car seats, cribs) these are the hottest selling items, so make sure you get the big things you want first. We have a holding area you can utilize so you don’t have to carry it around the sale floor.
2. Shoes (trace and cut out a paper of your child’s foot, that way you can “try” the shoes on for them, without them being there.)
3. Clothes (start with the needs, then the wants, try and save the like to have for the discount days.)
4. Toys! (Stock up for birthdays, Christmas, Easter baskets, and any other gift giving holidays! You’ll save money by shopping ahead of time and save it.)
5. Lastly, books (the books line the wall while you stand in line to cash out) utilize the time and shop the books while you’re in line.
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