Here are some basic life facts I have learned from being a Mother…
1) If I do not carry a change of clothing, one of my children will have an accident.
2) If we are in a hurry to leave the house, at least one family member will not be able to find their shoes.
3) At some point, at least once every six months, something electronic is going into my toilet.
4) My kiddies are going to grow and change daily and I need to enjoy every minute!
These are the facts at my house. Along with the growing and changing in fact #4 comes the inevitable and ever-increasing cost associated with raising children. Their clothing, toys, educational items, baby gear and more are so expensive! I read an estimate the other day that said most people spend an average of $10,000 in their baby’s first year of life on everything from insurance co-pays to diapers. That is a ton of money and it is figures like those that made me seek something better Something better than $200 strollers, $60 slings and $30 jeans that my children would grow out of in 3-4 months. My family needed a break and I found one!
A friend handed me a colorful postcard advertising Just Between Friends, a children’s consignment sale in the community where I lived at the time. What I experienced on my first visit to a Just Between Friends sale turned my stressed about growing kids, worried about expenses, world, upside down! All I could think while I was shopping this huge, organized, bargain hunters dream was how much this type of sale was needed in Central Iowa. Fast forward a couple years and here we are preparing for our third event in Des Moines with the goal of helping families save money on everything they need from newborn to teen!
JBF is a children’s and maternity consignment event happening once in the spring and once in the fall. There are 140 sales all around the country run by moms just like us who have a desire to get great bargains, bring money back into their homes, recycle their children’s items and help their community. And, the bonus, its sooooo easy!