• Consignment sale returns, but drop-side cribs can’t be sold

  • The theme of this spring’s Just Between Friends Consignment Sale in Eastern Jackson County is “saving royally,” and saving royally is exactly what Amber Post believes everyone will do.

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  • The theme of this spring’s Just Between Friends Consignment Sale in Eastern Jackson County is “saving royally,” and saving royally is exactly what Amber Post believes everyone will do.
    “With the royal wedding coming in April, it’s a great way to tie into that current event. Our focus is to target shoppers and highlight how much you can ‘save’ with JBF,” said Post, who is the organizer and owner of the sale. “Of course, we always welcome new consignors, too. First-time moms who have shopped our sale in the past we love having as new consignors, as they have all the great equipment and gear that babies grow out of so quickly.”
    Just Between Friends is one of the largest consignment sales in Eastern Jackson County, and is the leading children’s and maternity consignment sale in the nation. Consignors make up to 75 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.
    “JBF was the first sale in the area and in Lee’s Summit, beginning in 2006, and we have gained momentum ever since,” Post said. “We pride ourselves in quality of merchandise and our technology is at the forefront of the consignment sale world. Items coming into our sale go through a very strict inspection. For clothing, we make sure items for this upcoming sale are appropriate for spring or summer, style is current and that the item is not stained, missing buttons, etc.”
    Bartering is a change implemented during the fall 2010 sale that will come back again this spring.
    Post said volunteers who help by bartering or working at the sale will receive their check for the items that sold that day after the sale. Bartering is helpful to moms who do not have time to volunteer at the actual sale, but still want to help in some way.
    Consignors who choose not to volunteer will receive a check in the mail about one week after the sale.
    In addition, the Lee’s Summit JBF sale as well as others throughout the United States will no longer be accepting drop-side cribs because of the 9 million that have been recalled in the last five years. Post said Toys R Us, Wal-Mart and Babies R Us have stopped selling them, and the cribs have been blamed for the deaths of 32 toddlers and infants in the last decade.
    “While this does limit our crib selection at the sale, it’s well worth it to keep kids safe,” she said. “We have so many other things new (and experienced) moms need and can get for a bargain. Although drop-side cribs have been popular for years, they are no longer deemed safe. Drop-side cribs have safety problems that can’t be addressed during manufacturing. Cribs are often taken apart and stored for a while between babies. When a drop-side crib is re-assembled a few years later, missing hardware, loosened screws or bolts, or assembly errors can all contribute to a drop-side coming loose. Parts or assembly instructions may be missing which can allow errors to happen when it’s time to put the used crib together.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Post believes this year’s sale will be bigger and better than those previous.
    “We had 550 consignors participate in the fall 2010 event, and I’m going to cap consignors at 600 this time around. I feel that this is necessary to properly manage the sale. By actively pursuing more shoppers, my goal is to sell the majority of the items our consignors bring in, earning them more money than ever before,” she said. “When discretionary income decreases, families quickly learn to cut back on many of life’s luxuries, but they still need to take care of their growing families. Children will go through seasonal clothing changes, but these are also tied to larger sizes and changing fashions. Infant toys are not appropriate for toddlers and, when baby equipment is no longer needed, moms and dads need a way to dispose of unused items as well as an affordable option to find the quality items their kids need next.”

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