According to the National Retail Federation, the average family in the United States will spend $700 on back-to-school supplies and clothing. But there is an alternative for parents looking to save some cash when prepping their children for school and the change in temperature. “This is a one-stop shop,” said Amber Post, organizer and owner of the Just Between Friends consignment sale in Lee's Summit. “It is great for moms that work and can’t take the time to go to garage sales or traditional consignment stores, but who still want top-of-the-line stuff at bargain prices.” Just Between Friends is one of the largest consignment sales in Eastern Jackson County, and is one of the leading children’s and maternity consignment sales in the nation. Consignment sellers make up to 70 percent on each of their items that is sold and shoppers can find everything from children’s clothes and toys to furniture, baby equipment and electronics. The Lee’s Summit sale is from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 24, 25, 26 and 27 at The Pavilion at John Knox Village, 520 N.W. Murray Road. Admission on Aug. 24 is $2. The remaining days are free. In addition, Aug. 26 is 25 percent off day, and Aug. 27 is half price day. Items that are marked will be 25 percent off or half price on those days. To occupy the children while mom and dad shop, there are special events throughout the sale. The first is free face painting by The Happy Store. This is from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 25 and 27. The second is a free class by Gymboree from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 27. “I think what makes us stand apart from other consignment sales is our quality and standards (of the items accepted),” Post said. “We also give consignors the option to donate their unsold items, or we sort the items by number and let consignors come pick up what is not sold after the sale.” Just Between Friends was started in 1997 in Tulsa, Okla. It was not until 2006 when the JBF sale came to Lee’s Summit. Post said there were only 100 consignors that first year. Now, the sale attracts more than 500 consignors with more than 100,000 items for shopper to choose from. “We have such a large selection,” Post said. “I think shoppers also like the convenience that they can get everything in one place. There are a lot of great bargains, and the ability for consignors to make a lot of money.” For those interested in becoming a consignor, it is not too late. Visit the JBF Lee’s Summit website at and register as a consignor. Then follow the steps to input items into the database and tag items. Consignors, as well as other special groups such as new mothers and teachers, are also able to participate in presale events. This means the ability to shop before the general public. Visit the JBF website for more information on these groups and how to register. “I went to the mall the other day and saw a sleeper for $12. At our sale, you could get almost the same thing for $3 or $4. I don’t know how families make ends meet when they are not shopping at a consignment sale,” Post said. “Our best advertising is word of mouth, one mother talking to another or one consignor saying something to a friend. That’s how we get so many people who come to our sale.”