Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Behind the Scenes - JBF 15 Days Away

We're 15 days away from our Spring Sale Event in Puyallup!

We're launching a new hashtag: #jbf253 and we're going to be giving away lots of JBF Bucks for social media contests.  Warm up your twitter, facebook and instagram fingers!  (Details announced soon!)

Here's what we've been up to:
Meeting future JBF Families at the NW Family Expo!

Counting our racks to be sure we have enough room for all the CLOTHING consignors are tagging!

Remembering all the SHOPPERS eagerly waiting for the doors to open each morning of the sale!

Building new shelving units to display TOYS at the sale!

Telling all the school aged kiddos about JBF.  What a great resource for families!

 
This was one of our favorite items from last sale - a HUGE DIAPER PIN to hang on the wall!

Heavy duty chains on our HUGE TRAILER.  
(I had to text this pic to my Dad to be sure we did it correctly!)

We can't wait to start setting up!  
Here's what the Pavilion looks like before we get started.

See you very soon!  
Spring Sale: May 1-4, 2014 
Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup 
Gold Gate - Free Parking in Gold Lot - Corner of 9th & Meridian.
Consignor Drop Off April 29 & 30
Early Bird Shopping May 1 8am-9am
Thursday May 1 Noon-8pm
Friday May 2 11am-7pm
Saturday May 3 9am-5pm
Sunday May 4 8am-2pm (most items 50% off!)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Cha-Ching!

Turning My Clutter into CA$H!!!

These rainy days get me digging through closets, cleaning under beds & sorting through the garage!  

I'm using 5 EASY STEPS to turn all of this clutter into cash at the Spring JBF Tacoma Sale May 1-4, 2014.
  1. Gather, Keep/Toss & Clean:  Once I have gathered a pile of items my family not longer needs, I decide if it is in good enough shape to consign it.  If so, I clean it, make sure all the pieces are there, add new batteries, etc.  I use the Spring Sale-Acceptable Item List and check for Recalls.  Put it in a box for later.
  2. Prepare Items for the Sale:  I put clothing on hangers, toys in zip-loc bags, tie shoes together...all according to the Merchandise Prep Guidelines.  Put it in a box for later.
  3. Enter Tags:  Now, I take one box at a time to my computer and log into My JBF Profile to Enter My Tags.  The Quick Reference Guide gives me pricing guidelines.  I price to sell, choose to Reduce so that my items sell on 50% Off Day, and I choose to donate my unsold items (I really don't want this clutter back!).  Put it in a box for later.
  4. Attach Tags:  After my tags are printed (on white cardstock) and cut out, I use a tagging gun (or safety pins) to attach tags to clothing, clear packing tape to attach tags to other items, and ribbon/hole-punch to attach tags to shoes, etc.  The Quick Reference Guide makes this super easy!
  5. Pack for Quick Drop Off:  Once my items are priced, tagged & prepped for the sale, I pack them in bins/boxes sorted by type and size.  Clothing, shoes, bedding and accessories are packed for the 2nd floor of the sale.  Toys, furniture, Mommy Mart, books, games, videos and infant items are packed for the 1st floor of the sale.  I print and sign my Consignor Agreement and put it on top!
I take it one box at a time.  The next rainy day gives me an excuse to get my clutter one step closer to becoming cash!  

See you in May!   - Allison
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Friday, January 17, 2014

I Started! Using Seahawks as Motivation

Yep, whether you're a football fan or not, here's how to use the success of the Seattle Seahawks to your advantage - as you prepare for the Spring JBF Sale!

If you're a die-hard fan:  Right now, it's hard for you to concentrate on anything else.  You can hardly wait for Sunday to come around and you're getting more and more excited as each hour passes.  If you're anything like me, you think about the game too long and you start to get nervous!  You're definitely going to the game or going somewhere to watch it among other die-hard fans.  JBF tasks get done really fast when you have a deadline!  Make it a goal to clean out one closet or dresser, sort it, clean it, hang it, and tag it before kick-off on Sunday.

If you're a fair-weather fan:  You usually don't pay attention to football, but you've gotten caught up in the 12th Man excitement!  You've watched a few games this season.  You've learned some of the big names: Wilson, Lynch, Sherman - maybe even Percy Harvin if you're paying close attention.  You're definitely watching the game on TV this weekend.  JBF tasks are great for game-time!  Last weekend, I was standing at my ironing board the entire first half as I got clothing ironed and hung for the JBF sale!  After the game, I entered tags, printed, tagged, and boxed it up for May!

If you could care less:  You're wondering why everyone is wearing blue today (Friday).  What's with all the casual attire at work?  Did blue and bright green all of the sudden get fashionable?  You're busy making plans for this weekend and couldn't tell me the day or time that the Seahawks play.  JBF tasks can easily fit into your weekend plans!  Go ahead, make it a goal to get one box of toys cleaned, battery-checked, recall-checked, and tagged for the spring sale!

GO HAWKS!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Do You Hate Dusting As Much As I Do?

Dusting is the LAST chore I want to do.  I'm a pretty reality-based person, but when it comes to dust in my house, I'm happy living in an imaginary world where I pretend that dust does not exist.  Who's with me?

I have chosen, however, to dust off a few things in my life.  I don't get too wrapped up in the whole "New Year's Resolution" thing, but this time of year does get me thinking about being more intentional with my decisions, energy, and time.

First, I'm dusting off this blog!  As you can see, I haven't posted in two years...sheesh!  This year, as we prepare for each of our JBF sale events, I'll use this blog to keep you up-to-date on all things consignment.  I'll probably toss in a few thrifty finds along the way.  After all, if we're into saving money for our kid's stuff, we're probably interested in saving money on the rest of life as well (I know I am!).

Here are a few photos to get us up to speed on how JBF has grown in the Tacoma/Puyallup area!
50,000 sq. ft. of kids clothing, toys, equipment, etc.!
Over 600 consignors! 
Over 300 amazing helpers who make the sale great! 
Strollers of every shape, size, and type! 
Over a 1/2 mile of clothing!
Serious shopping!

Here are all the details about our Spring Sale Event
May 1-4, 2014
Selling (Consigning)
Helping At The Sale (Thank You!)
Charity Partner

How the JBF Sale Works:
Consignors price and prepare items at home and then bring them to event.  During Drop Off, items are inspected for quality, condition & recalls.  Consignors and Volunteers get to shop our exclusive Presale.  Then, we open to the public when everyone gets to save money and find great deals for their family!  The final day of the sale is our Half Price Day (most items are 50% off).  After the sale, a team of volunteers sorts the unsold items.  Consignors choose to either donate or pick up unsold items.  Donated items are picked up by our Charity Partner, Trinity Church of Pierce County, and distributed to several non-profit social service agencies in the South Puget Sound area.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Spring Sale was Great - See You in the Fall!

Thanks to over 300 Volunteers and 350 Consignors,
the JBF Tacoma Spring Sale Event was bigger and better than ever!
We expanded into a beautiful enclosed tent - another 10,000 sq. ft. -
where all of the large items were sold.
The spring sale had over 80,000 great items to choose from!
Mark your calendar for the Fall Sale Event!
October 21-23, 2011
Volunteer & Consignor Presale October 20
We expect over 400 Consignors - that's over 100,000 items!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Mountains of Items at our Fall 2010 Sale!















That's right, over 300 Consignors brought almost 60,000 items to our Fall Sale Event!

Though my 3-year old daughter wanted to be "Princess-Fairy-Mermaid" for Halloween, she managed to find a princess dress at JBF. She then declared that she would be a "Princess with Fetching Features!"

This was our 4th and largest JBF-Tacoma sale. We tried some new advertising including promotions on Spirit 105.3fm. DJs Tom & Sarah were AWESOME as they talked about JBF on air! Tom even received a text from his wife while she was shopping at the sale - and he read the text on the air! Woohoo! We love Spirit 105.3fm!

Our Spring Sale is April 1-3, 2011. Register here to consign or shop (First Time Parents & Military Families shop before the public). Volunteer registration opens January 1st.

See you in April!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Oh How Our JBF Sale Grows!

Thanks for enjoying our 3rd JBF Tacoma consignment sales event!

We welcomed more shoppers, sold more children's and maternity items, and wrote bigger consignor checks!!!

Best of all, thousands of toys, equipment, and clothing items got re-used by local families instead of thrown into the trash!

We're already planning for the Fall Sale Event - October 22-24
Register to shop, sell, or volunteer!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Registration OPEN for the Spring Sale!

Join us April 23-25, 2010
Volunteer & Consignor Presale April 22
Puyallup Fair Expo Hall

Register to:
Remember, you don't have to be a consignor to volunteer! Volunteers shop absolutely FIRST!

Clothing at the Spring Sale will be Spring & Summer...
My daughter Maya is looking forward to sunny days!

We can't wait to see everyone again in April! JBF is like a reunion of friends every 6 months! As always, email if you'd like Free Admission Passes for family, friends, church, school, daycare, etc. We're happy to give you enough for EVERYONE!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Filming Live with Tim Robinson & King 5 Morning News!

Hey guys! I promise more yummy cookies at our Spring 2010 Sale!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Fall 2009 Photos

Photos courtesy of Tiffany at www.milburnrogersphotography.com
Mention JBF Tacoma when you book a sitting & get 15% off your sitting fee!































KOMO 4 News Drops In at the JBF Sale!


Thanks to Elisa Jaffe and her camera man for visiting the sale and creating such a great and heartfelt story about the Just Between Friends Sale Event!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009

September Newsletter - in an Inbox near you!

Download the September JBF Newsletter for:
  • Sale-at-a-Glance
  • JBF Clinic RSVPs (Saturday, Sept. 19th at 9am)
  • Volunteering
  • No Stress Merchandise Prep
  • Full Event Schedule
  • FREE Admission Passes
Email AllisonStephens@jbfsale.com to RSVP for the next JBF Clinic, to get free admission passes, or to ask questions.

See you in six weeks at the Fall JBF-Tacoma Sale Event!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Fall Sale Dates Announced!


Friday, October 23rd - Sunday, October 25th
Volunteer & Consignor Presale Thursday, October 22nd

Consignor, Volunteer, First Time Parent &
Military Family Registration NOW OPEN!
www.jbfsale.com

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Spring Sale...A HUGE Success!

Over 10,000 Items
1500
Shoppers

79
Consignors
(average Consignor earnings over $250!)
3 Days of Great Deals!

Live King5 TV Coverage
Seattle Times Story

THANK YOU
to all of our Volunteers, Consignors, Shoppers and Future Consignors!
Start getting your items ready for our Fall Sale now! Sign up online at the Tacoma sale www.jbfsale.com. See you in October!

Before After

First Time Parent & Military Early Entrance Sale

Friday, April 17, 2009

The Final Stretch...The News is Spreading!

Our numbers have shot past 600! 7,000 free passes are in the community! Almost 350 First Time Parents and Military Families have pre-registered to shop early on the first day (Friday, April 24th)!

And news media is calling!!! Watch for Just Between Friends features on King5 Morning News and FOX News during the sale!

Sale Info:

Thursday, April 23
Set Up - 8am-2pm
Consignor Drop Off - 2-5:30pm
Presale - 6:30-10pm

Friday, April 24
Doors open early for First Time Parents & Military Families at 9am
Public Sale 10am-8pm $2 Admission

Saturday, April 25
Public Sale 9am-3pm $1 Admission
Volunteer 50% Off Presale 3-5pm

Sunday, April 26
Public Sale 10am-3pm 50% Off Free Admission
3-5:30pm Breakdown
5:30-7pm Consignor Pick Up

More Details at www.jbfsale.com.
See you at the sale!

Friday, April 3, 2009

JBF Tacoma IN THE NEWS!

Our FIRST article in the Tacoma News Tribune!
Our FIRST formal introduction to the community!

Special Thanks to:
  • Whitney Coleman (Reporter) who came to my home EARLY in the morning to interview us;
  • Peter Haley (Photographer) who literally got down on the floor to get great shots; and
  • Whitney's co-worker, a JBF First Time Parent who told Whitney about JBF...THANK YOU!!!

This was so much fun! My daughter Maya loved getting her picture taken!

When you read the article, be sure to comment!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

400 and Counting!

South Sound families are spreading the word and getting excited for the first JBF sale in Tacoma! It's still not too late to consign items and it's definitely not too late to pre-register to enter early as a First Time Parent or Military Family! Log on to the Tacoma sale at www.jbfsale.com for details.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

We've past the 300 mark!

Over 300 families have signed up to participate in Tacoma's spring sale event! Consignors are tagging their items and Volunteer shifts are filling fast! The sale is sure to be a great event that brings families together to care for their families. Be sure to tell the moms, dads, grandparents, aunties, teachers...everyone you know who loves kids!

Friday, March 6, 2009

My Friend Made the News!

My friend Jodi is starting a Just Between Friends sale in Missouri! And she's on the news! You've got to see this news woman, she is SOOOO excited about JBF!!!