Today is the first of three days that the Just Between Friends Sale is going on at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. The sale is taking up the entire Hall of Flowers building, filled to the brim with consigned items – clothing for kids and maternity, strollers, high chairs, car seats, toys, small play structures, safety equipment….and more.
Just Between Friends Sale schedule:
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!
Yesterday was the pre-sale, and the room was already packed with those who were lucky enough to get a first glance at all the sale had to offer, as well as booths of some of our local businesses that have vital services for families.
Quoted from a couple shoppers:
“I just came back from the pre-sale and WHOA!!!!!!! The stuff available for sale is AMAZING!!!!!! (Get there early tomorrow)” Gay Lynn Duel
“It was flying off the racks!!!!!!” Reesha Ruel
Take a peek at the sale through the photo gallery:
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.
The world is turning green with environment. My favorite part of the sudden earth conscious tendencies? Consigning! This is when people sell their perfectly usable items that they no longer have a need for to other people who are in the market for such an item. It allows families to make a little cash, and it has brought coolness back to thrift shopping. And it’s great for the environment since less things are ending up in the landfill before their usefulness is used up. There are consignment stores popping up all over the place. Sales to the public (like the Just Between Friends sale a couple weeks ago) are becoming more popular. And now, another event is coming down the pike.
Worth WeeCycling is holding their Fall/Winter Event on September 10th – 12th at the Santa Rosa Vet’s Building (across from the fairgrounds). The children and maternity consignment event is geared towards expecting and young families. It’s a wonderful way for cash-strapped families to make some money (and I understand there is still time to consign your items!), and it’s a great way for families to meet the needs of their growing household.
Best yet? Worth WeeCycling will be helping to raise funds for a very special little boy. 4 year old Nathan Wagner has been battling brain cancer since February. After brain surgery, radiation, and more surgery, he is now in the midst of a 6 month cycle of chemo. As you can imagine, the family has been placed under a large financial strain as they battle Nathan’s cancer together, paying out of pocket for expenses not covered by insurance. Worth WeeCycling is helping the Wagner family through consignment donations.
“The family would greatly appreciate any donations and they can be dropped off at Economy Plumbing – 1058 North Dutton Ave. Santa Rosa, CA 95401 between 7:30 and 4:00 weekdays until September 6th or at My Gym.”
The Just Between Friends Sale is coming up this weekend, August 21-22. View the event page HERE at SantaRosaMom.com.
Remember this event? I attended it in the spring and was blown away by how organized it was, and how the event coordinators handled EVERYTHING. There was the potential for consignors to make some good money off of their gently used items, and buyers could find really great deals on practically new clothes and more. I can’t stress just how important it is for families with young children or a baby on the way to attend. When I went earlier this year, there were numerous practically new items being sold for pennies compared to how much they would cost to buy new. Strollers, cribs, clothes, shoes, toys… And with school just starting up, the timing couldn’t be more perfect to update your child’s wardrobe. Seriously folks, you won’t want to miss this sale. By the way, the coordinators will be donating many of their leftover items to Our Kids Sake, a foundation that benefits more than 1000 homeless children right here in Sonoma County. And all admission proceeds go to the Active 20-30 service organization.
This sale is nothing but good.
To learn more about attending this event, and maybe to make some extra cash by consigning at future events (they hold their sales every 6 months), be sure to visit the JBF sale page at northbay.jbfsale.com. And for more information about the event you can read the Press Release HERE.
The sale will be held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds at 1350 Bennett Valley Rd in Santa Rosa. On Saturday the sale will be from 9am – 3pm. There will be a $2 admission charge with 100% of the proceeds going to the Active 20-30 service organization. On Sunday, the sale will be 9am – 2pm and admission is free. Not only that, many of the items will have their prices slashed in half on Sunday.
Hope to see you there!
Giving the kids something to talk about in therapy.