This past weekend I was involved with a huge kids consignment sale called Just Between Friends, or JBF as I like to call it. Do you have a JBF sale near you or a similar consignment sale? When we moved here three years ago and learned about JBF sales, I shopped one of the sales to check it out. Then I wanted to consign. After consigning one or two times, I realized that if I would also be a volunteer I would get an extra 5% on my sales and I could get in earlier to shop at the pre-sale. So that is where I am now- consignor, shopper, and volunteer. Thing is, I didn't decide to do this sale until a week before it started! Anyone knows that is not enough time to get everything ready and hung and tagged, etc. But I did it. And after just the first day of the sale, I am up $179. Not too shabby. Pretty good start for the week.
Last Spring I was able to turn this:
|This is from the OKC Fall Sale two years ago. Need an exersaucer? How 'bout 50?|
This sale here in Oklahoma City is massive and it can be very overwhelming the first few times you go. Once I walked a few feet into the clothing aisles and just turned around and walked right out! Once I shopped for my son but couldn't even go near the racks of girls clothes because there were just too many people! It was too much I didn't even know where to start! People and clothes- too much! I didn't understand what they were doing. Why they were dragging around rolling carts and laundry baskets overflowing with clothes. I really thought they were going to buy that much stuff! But now I get it. There is a method. That is why I volunteer, so I can get in earlier and beat the crowd. I can't do the crowd. I follow my little shopping system of pulling items, inspecting later, matching outfits, comparing prices, narrowing the piles, and walking out with bags so full that I can just.barely.carry. It is insane. I am insane. But my shopping is done. I don't have to go to the Gap, Children's Place, Academy Sports, Gymboree, and snag some play clothes at Target. And I didn't overpay or wait for a sale or have to pay for shipping. And yes, I will admit it, I enjoy the rush of finding good deals.