Sunday, September 25, 2011

Just Between Friends Kids Consignment Sale {GIVEAWAY!}

So do you remember a few months back when I did the post about the JBF spring/summer sale and the $25 gift certificate giveaway? Check out my post HERE if you missed it! I made quite a good profit at that sale but not as much as I had hoped for; over the past few months I have been saving up as many items as I could and shopping for additional fall and winter items at garage sales and thrift stores as well. I just participated in a sale over the weekend and I took over 200 items to the sale! I am still waiting on my final sales tally but it looks like I should get a check for over $200 and that is so exciting!

For this sale I did have a lot of Naomi's old clothing and accessories from when she was a baby. Since we had planned on having another baby I never got rid of any of her clothes but when we ened up having a boy I had a bunch to go through and put in the sale. I also collect cheap name brand clothing at yard sales & thrift stores to put in the sale as well. For example, I found a 2 piece Gymboree outfit at a garage sale for $1.00 and ended up selling the outfit at the sale for $10! I get to keep 65% of whatever I sell so I will end up with a profit of $5.50 for the one outfit. You can put anything kid or maternity related in the sale; toys do really well as well as shoes and clothing!

You can also volunteer to work at the sale and make an additional 5% back on your items that sell but since I had gallbladder surgery over the weekend I wasn't able to work the sale this weekend. Prepping for them is quite a bit of work I will give you that. You have to make sure everything is hung on your own hangers properly, cleaned and tagged. I worked between feedings and preschool runs during the day and got everything done within a couple of days. I will make sure I post my final sales tally tomorrow and how it worked out with my out of pocket expenses!

Are you interested in consigning at a local event or just shopping at one for great deals on gently used items for your kiddos? Well good news for you!

The JBF Seattle East fall/winter sale is coming up in two weeks! It will be held at the Pickering Barn out in Issaquah, Washington from October 14th to 16th. Go HERE to check out the details of the event, sign up to be a consignor or their mailing list as well!

Once you check out their website and sign up for the mailing list, come back to this post and leave a comment letting us know you signed up or that you are already signed up AND let us know either what you will be looking for at this sale or what you are selling and you will be entered to win a $25 gift certificate to spend on whatever you need or want from the event out in Issaquah!

Giveaway is open to anyone in Washington state that is planning on shopping this event and can pick up their certificate at the sale. One winner will be selected at random on Saturday, October 1st at 5pm. Must comment to enter and please only enter once.

Good Luck and I'll see you at the sale!

Disclosure: JBF Seattle East is generously sponsoring this giveaway. I have not received any compensation for this post and all opinions expressed are 100% my own.

New Directions...

Hi Everyone! Sorry long time, no see. I guess life adjusting to a family of four has been a little busier than I thought and sadly my blog has had to be one of the things to take a back seat. But isn't this little guy worth it?! He is my little chunky monkey and I am SO in love!

I have been doing a lot less couponing as well, not because there aren't any good deals, there are always good deals but I just haven't had the motivation to go to the grocery store as much as before. I still collect and clip all my coupons but I have been trying to meal plan a little better and just go to the grocery store once per week and make my dinners based on the sale items or coupon items I get at that store. I occaisionally go out of my way for a "fabule$$" deal; like last week at Albertsons I actually had some time to do 3 transactions and get a bunch for free which was motivating but then I just didn't have time to come home and do a post about what I got!

I am thinking that if I am going to continue to blog, which I like doing, its a great outlet for me, that I may take it in a slightly new direction. I would still post about great grocery finds when I get them and those freebies we all love but I might dive into another area of my life that is frugal and actually makes me money.

For several years now I have been buying and reselling. When my daughter was born I was looking for various ways to make money for our family so that I wouldn't have to go back to work. Couponing was one and reselling my thrift store and garage sale finds on ebay was another. I did very well with reselling clothing for a decent profit for a long time and now I am starting to find other things that sell well other than clothing. My thought is to start posting some of the things I find and my adventures in thrifting and how those items end up selling. What do you think? I LOVE thrift store shopping and the way I see it is that I love to shop, I might as well make a profit on the money I spend shopping. I am going to try it out and see how it goes for the next few months; I hope its a new fun topic to blog about and you'll see me here more often!