This spring, I am partnering with Just Between Friends to bring you information on their seasonal children’s and maternity consignment sale events. All opinions are my own. (*articles may contain affiliate links*)
Jed & Kelly Robie, parents of four and owners of Just Between Friends Pittsburgh, know what it’s like to raise a family of four kids (like us). It can be expensive, but they say it doesn’t have to be. Their seasonal consignment sales across the area bring ways for families to shop with confidence, at a good price, and even make money by consigning outgrown kid gear and clothing.
This spring, the team will be bringing two events to our area. The first is the Greater Pittsburgh sale from March 31 to April 2, 2017 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center (in downtown Pittsburgh). All the details are available online, but here’s a quick summary of things you need to know before you shop (from me, a shop veteran and mom of four!).
Shopping the Just Between Friends Sale
Schedule your time to shop. There are a few options:
- Are you a first-time parent or the one who always has to see things first? You might want to opt for the PRIME TIME PreSale on Thursday, March 30 from 12-9 PM. It will cost $10 paid in advance through their Eventbrite listing. You can’t show up with a ten and get in the door, sorry! I have shopped this shop when looking for a jogging stroller and I have to say it is worth it. While JBF makes sure all items are up to their standards, shopping early gets you the best of the best. You’ll pay a little more than you would later in the sale, but if you have to have it, I say buy your tickets now or enter my giveaway!
- Browsing and have a list but you don’t want to spend the extra to be first in the door? There are going to be plenty of amazing deals the whole weekend, but you can shop for FREE starting Friday, March 31 from 9am-7pm and Saturday, April 1 from 9am-4pm. Consignors will be dropping off even more inventory on Friday night, so you just might find something Saturday that wasn’t there the day before. Maybe bring Grandma or Auntie with you and nudge them to get something baby must have? *wink* I’ve double shopped before! See something at the pre-sale but not quite sure you need it…then you go home and you really did want it. Bonus, shopping free is more money for you to spend on new-to-you items!
- Love a deal? Sunday, April 2 from 9am-1pm is your day. Admission is free and any items without a star are 50% off. This is how we scored on our double stroller with carseats and four bases the year we found out about the twins.
Bring a bag and extra hands.
I recommend, if possible, leaving baby at home. Bring a stroller, wagon, or your biggest Thirty-One bag (hint, hint) and be ready to fill up on great deals. Bring a friend or your spouse and tag-team the areas. Keep your eyes open – you never know what you might find (and this goes for all weekend). This year, I’ll be on the hunt for coordinating 2T outfits for the twins.
If you have storage space, think ahead to outfits you’ll need the rest of the season. There will be other sales in the fall, but you won’t want shopper’s remorse for leaving a summer outfit on the rack. I promise spring and summer are just around the Allegheny river bend.
Shopping for twins? Here’s a handy list of twin items that includes our must-haves!
Selling at the Spring Sale
Consignors still have time to prepare their items to include in this event!!!
You get 60% of the sale price (less a $10 consignor fee). If you volunteer at the sale, you get 70%. There is an event on March 27 to teach you how to tag (I just might see you there…the twins are growing quickly and our space is dwindling!) or a valet tagging option (they tag for you, you’ll make less but have more time on your hands).
Unsure if your baby equipment meets the standards to sell? There are guidelines and when you check-in your items, there is a station that checks everything over to be sure there are no recalls.
Bonus I read about on their Facebook page: If you cosign in this sale + pick up your items at the end of the sale, you can keep them tagged for the next sale, which isn’t that far off! (Don’t want to pick up? You can have any unsold items donated at the end of the sale.)
Join in with thousands of families who save 50-90% off retail prices and shop at this year’s Just Between Friends Greater Pittsburgh consignment sale March 31-April 1. Watch the blog for details on the next show in a few weeks!
Want to win tickets to the March 30 pre-sale and $25 in JBF bucks to spend at the sale? Enter my giveaway which runs through March 27 at 11:59 PM. Please share with all of your friends, too!