Althea Peterson: Just Between Friends sale is eye-opener for mom
BY ALTHEA PETERSON World Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
3/05/13 at 6:49 AM
If you are a Tulsa area parent (or soon to be) and have not attended the Just Between Friends children's consignment sale, I used to be like you.
My daughter is 11 months old now, has practically everything she needs for now and I thought I found pretty good bargains elsewhere on baby stuff as-is.
Then, after a few early-shopping media day passes for Just Between Friends magically appeared at work one day, I attended and found where the real bargains were all along.
Here are a couple things that I found:
I was able to get my baby's wardrobe for the next six to nine months, plus several other things, for less than $200.
- Barely used Jeep 2-in-1 Baby Carrier: $15 ($35-$45 new at some online retailers)
- Like-new Nike 12-month shirt and skirt: $8 (up to about $35 new at some online retailers)
Pro vs. novice
I had the benefit of being able to beat the crowds and come early. I am told that the sale is typically much more crowded and that the larger-ticket items (strollers, etc.) usually go fast.
Even so, this sale is worth checking out at least once if you are an expecting or current parent in the area. Here's some more fun stuff:
An experienced sale shopper: Brings a laundry basket with a rope to drag it behind you, or (clean!) garbage can on wheels to carry purchases.
A first-time shopper like me: Politely accepts a shopping bag at the door, thinking there's no possible way I'll need it.
Experienced shopper: Has a plan beforehand to go after specific needs, finding major purchases first.
Me: Stands at the entryway with really big eyes, not realizing how large this sale is (it takes up the entire Exchange Center Building at Expo Square).
Experienced shopper: Arrives early and knows where to go.
Me: Accidentally went to the Saturday Flea Market building first and arrived exactly at opening time.
Check out a map of Expo Square at tulsaworld.com/exposquaremap so you don't get lost, too.
Original Print Headline: JBF sale is eye-opener for mom
Just Between Friends sale
The children's consignment sale runs through Sunday at the Exchange Center Building at Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St.
New and gently used children's clothing is 50 percent to 90 percent off retail prices. Toys, electronics, books, baby equipment, furniture and other items will be for sale.
Unsold items from the JBF Tulsa sale are donated to Emergency Infant Services and Catholic Charities.
Admission is free during these final days of the sale:
All items not marked with a star are 25 percent off on Thursday and Friday, and 50 percent off Saturday.
- Tuesday-Friday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information on the sale, go to tulsaworld.com/jbf.
Shoppers at the Just Between Friends Children's Consignment Sale August 22, 2011. MIKE SIMONS / Tulsa World File
Becky Thornton (left) helps her daughter Emily Scott shop at the Just Between Friends children's and maternity fall sale inside the Exchange Center at Expo Square. Shoppers can find great bargains at the sale that fills the Exchange Center Building. JAMES GIBBARD / Tulsa World