March 7, 8 and 9: Just Between Friends Consignment Sale

Posted on February 28, 2013


Great Savings for Infant, Kids and Maternity Clothing!  Toys, Accessories, Stroller and Furniture, too!

just between friends march saleJust Between Friends (JBF) is a baby, kids and maternity consignment sale where local families can bring in and sell their gently used kids clothing, toys, gear, furniture and more and earn 60-65% of the selling price.  Shoppers love the sale because all items are inspected for quality and product safety and are priced at 50-90% off retail!  The best part of the event is that many sellers choose to donate any unsold items to our charity partner, InnVision Shelter Network, which serves over 1,700 homeless children on the Peninsula.  Thousands of baby and kids items are donated each sale.

Photo Credit:  Angela Broxterman, JBF

Photo Credit: Angela Broxterman, JBF

History of JBF in San Mateo

JBF was started in 1997 by 2 moms in Tulsa, OK that wanted to make a little extra money and do something with all of the items their kids outgrew.  They started in their living room with 17 consignors!  Today, JBF is a national franchise with 124 sales events in 24 states.  Angela, the San Mateo JBF Director learned about JBF while she was pregnant with her second child.  At the time, she was living in Dallas, TX where she attended an event there and thought immediately, “When we move back to the Bay Area, I’m going to introduce this event to my friends and neighbors on the Peninsula!”  As soon as she and her family returned to Belmont at the beginning of 2011, she started JBF in San Mateo.  And the rest is history!

Photo Credit:  Angela Broxterman,JBF

Photo Credit: Angela Broxterman,JBF

How the Consignment Sale Works:

Consignors (sellers) use JBF’s online barcoding system to input the descriptions and the prices of the items they want to sell. This system creates a unique tag for each item.  The consignor prints the tag and attach it to their item and drop all of their tagged items off at the event during a designated drop off time.  JBF inspects all items for quality and product safety and then the consignor puts the items out on the sales floor in the appropriate area.  Then they get to go home, relax, and can check online each night to see what has sold! Consignors also get to shop the sale early, before it’s open to the public to take advantage of those amazing deals! At the end of the event, the consignor can pick up any unsold items or donate them to JBF’s charity partner, InnVision Shelter Network.  They receive a check in the mail 2 weeks later for 60% of their gross sales or 65% (if they volunteered at the event) less a $12 consignor fee.  The entire event is run by volunteers so if you volunteer to work a 4 hour shift, you get an exclusive pre-sale pass that allows you to shop early AND you get 65% on your sales.  If you are not consigning, you can still volunteer just to shop early!

JFB accepts anything that is appropriate for children between 0-12 years old.  They accept clothing, toys, shoes, books, games, puzzles, DVDs, sports equipment, nursing gear, furniture, etc.  If a child will use it, JBF will sell it!  The items must be “gently loved” and free of stains, wear, tear, etc. and of course, cannot be recalled.

Photo Credit:  Angela Broxterman, JBF

Photo Credit: Angela Broxterman, JBF

Interested consignors can visit the JBF website at and click on “sign up” at the top right hand corner.  Once an account is created, you can choose which JBF event you’d like to participate in.  Once you choose the San Mateo event, you can check the box marked “consignor” and you are all signed up!  You can start tagging your items (any time, all year round) by clicking on “enter my tags” in your profile.

To help with the “tagging” process, JBF has a pricing guide online here to help with pricing, but consignors should ask themselves “how much would you pay for this item”?  If it’s a larger ticket item like a stroller, the best advice is to look on craigslist or ebay to see what similar items are selling for.

Save Save SAVE!

Most items are priced at 50-90% off retail!  Saturday is the last day of the sale and is our half price day when most items are reduced even further and are half off!  You will find the BEST deals when the event first opens so we highly recommend that you volunteer (or consign) in order to shop the exclusive pre-sale on Wednesday night.  The best deals go fast!  The event officially opens to the public on Thursday at noon.  Even greater deals are had on Saturday (our last sale day) during our half price sale when many items are marked 50% off.

Date(s) and time(s):

March 7, 2013 12:00pm-9:00pm

March 8, 2013 9:00am- 6:00pm

March 9, 2013 9:00am-3:00pm

Event Admission Fees:  $3.00 Thursday only / Free on Friday & Saturday

Parking fee:  $10, cash per vehicle

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