Moms across the country are making a little extra cash by selling gently used clothes, toys, and more at Just Between Friends stores – locally organized consignment sales that have buyers lining up to shop. NBC's Janet Shamlian reports.
In a tight economy, Just Between Friends sales have become a hot tickets in many towns. People line up for a crack at the bargains – as much as 90 percent off retail – and others use it as a source of income, NBC's Janet Shamlian reports from Mesquite, Texas.
What started in Shannon Wilburn’s home 15 years ago as a small sale among friends has become Just Between Friends, franchises of locally organized consignment sales all across the country.
Shoppers might find a sale set up in a warehouse filled with just about everything it takes to raise a child, from newborn car seats to teen-age clothes.
When the doors open, shoppers like Sonia May are quick to spot a deal. “It’s really good quality items, and they’re very clean,” she said.
Sellers like it, too.
“It is a great way to clean out your house. Your kids are growing constantly,” said Delene Ephraim, a stay-at-home mom who sells off almost everything her three children have outgrown.
She also admits to turning other people's trash into money. “Baby walkers, sandboxes, slides,” Ephraim said of her curbside recovery efforts. Items sitting out with the bags of leaves get “turned it into cash. Clean it up. Hose it off. Lysol it. Sell it,” she said.
Consigners set their own prices and take home 60 percent when it sells. The average check is more than $300
Just Between Friends has 131 franchisees in 25 states and reports about $27 million in annual sales, Wilburn told The Oklahoman newspaper.
Volunteers are welcome. too.
“You hear of the average mom shopping here, middle-income America, but really what is so important to me and also our franchises, is people who really can’t afford retail,” CEO and co-founder Wilburn said. “It’s not that they’re looking to save a little bit of money. They can’t afford retail.”