Thank you everyone who entered!
How would you love to win tickets to the Just Between Friends pre-sale next Thursday, March 3rd? If you win, you would be able to go to the event a whole day before the public, receiving first pick on everything that is being consigned. Read on for details on the contest.
If you’re not familiar with the Just Between Friends event, let me give you a hint – this is the must attend event for young and growing families. Twice a year, consigners gather up their gently used kids & maternity clothing, books, strollers, games, furniture, outdoor play equipment, sporting goods, arts & crafts, mommy supplies, and more, and then sell them at prices much lower than what they sell for new in the stores. And everything sold is in excellent shape! Let’s face it, raising a family is expensive. That’s why I’m a huge believer in this cost-saving avenue.
Why buy something new when you could buy something barely used for a fraction of the cost?
It’s not just cost that makes me enthusiastic about this sale (though, let’s face it, I’ve always been a girl with an eye for a bargain). I love that this sale promotes community and sustainability. A high chair that one family has grown out of is being offered to another family that is just entering that phase. A mother of older twins can sell her top of the line double stroller to a younger family who maybe can’t afford the high retail cost of a new stroller. And I know many of you understand the concept of kids growing faster than their clothes wear out. The racks at Just Between Friends are filled with these clothes, some of them never worn even once, and all of them in great condition. This includes school clothes, play clothes, dress clothes, winter jackets, and even Easter outfits with a lot of life still in them. How’s that for a little earth conscious shopping?
Just Between Friends isn’t a new concept, but was actually thought up by two moms 13 years ago. The first sale was put on in a living room, a handful of moms sharing items and clothing. Today it has expanded to over 100 franchises across the United States. The North Bay division was put together by Matt and Jennifer Hundley of Petaluma last spring when they came away from another Just Between Friends event in Sacramento. So impressed were they with the whole concept, they believed that we needed an event like this here in the North Bay. The concept caught on like wildfire as families rushed to consign their used items, and came to the sale for bargains. The Hundleys, as well as volunteers of the event, personally inspect every single item that comes their way for the sale, ensuring that it’s in excellent condition before being placed on the floor for sale. The average consignor at the fall event came away with $340. The top consignor made over $3,000. And the money saved by consumers is huge.
JBF also promotes help in the community. Any items left over after the sale are donated (with consignor permission) to Our Kid’s Sake, who in turn donates them to over 1,000 homeless children here in Sonoma County. And the Just Between Friends sale donates proceeds from admission to the Active 20-30 service club, a group that serves local underprivileged youth in Sonoma County and Napa. Last year, 4,000 items were donated to Our Kids Sake, and JBF donated more than $1,750 in cash to Active 20-30!
Dates of the 2011 spring event:
Mar 3: Presale – details online*
Mar 4: 10am – 7pm $2 -100% admission benefits Active 20-30
Mar 5: 10am-3pm Free admission!
Mar 6: 9 am – 2 pm 50% OFF SALE, FREE admission!
Event will be at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in the Hall of Flowers. This year they are debuting Mommy Mart, Gift Again, Crafter’s Corner, School Supplies & more.
To view a full photo gallery of last season’s sale, go HERE.
So about that pre-sale contest…. The day before the sale is only open to volunteers, consignors, and a select few concumers, allowing them to peruse the packed building first and snag items they want before the public sale Friday through Sunday. But we have tickets to the presale to one lucky winner to join in on the pre-sale fun. Want to win them? Then answer the following question:
What are you hoping to find at the Just Between Friends Sale?
Comments left in this blog, or on the forum found HERE at SantaRosaMom.com, will be entered into a random drawing to win two (2) pre-sale tickets to the 2011 spring Just Between Friends sale event held on Thursday, March 3rd from 3:30pm – 8pm at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Contest ends Tuesday, March 1st at 4pm. Winner will be announced on Wednesday by 11am.
See HERE for official rules.