by Rachael Freeman
Just in time for back-to-school, we were given a shopping stipend to attend Just Between Friends Consignment Sale. While this is a sponsored post, all opinions are our own.
Monday night, my mother, sister and I got a sneak peek at the Just Between Friends-Springfield consignment sale that opens today. I have been to other pop-up consignment sales, but I was very impressed with JBF.
I walked into the first room at the Fieldhouse and I would imagine it was the same feeling Kevin McCallister got when he walked into that famous New York toy store in Home Alone 2.
I scanned the enormous room (1 of 2) full of deals, took a deep breath and dove in. My mom and sister went right to the shoes; I was looking for Legos. I saw the Legos I knew my heart would want. I saw them being escorted out by someone with a huge grin on their face and I knew I had missed out.
I used the Under Armour backpack I found for $5 to wipe away my tears and kept shopping. It was rather obvious that the crew that accompanied me were armatures compared to the Olympian caliber shoppers who were also scouring through great buys.
I didn’t grab the bag that was offered to me when I first started shopping. I noticed that not many others had either. I quickly noticed it was because those shopping moms were fully prepared for their night out without their children, face to face with a smorgasbord of deals. They pulled their wagons which were completely full of the treasures they’d found. I never realized how much a stroller could actually hold. At one point, my mom and I were helping one shopper pick up her stroller after the mountain of items caused an avalanche of clothing, knocking over the stroller. I’m not sure of any other way to convince my readers that this week, your schedule better include a trip to Just Between Friends in Springfield.
Finish up any of your back to school shopping or get a head start on fall clothing. Hate paying retail for those Halloween costumes? Then don’t! I saw a Dorothy costume from the Wizard of Oz on sale for $8, the exact costume I paid $35 for less than two weeks ago! Ouch. I won’t lie, that one stung a little.
Is there a series of books your kid likes to read? You know, the ones that are hardback and can’t be found for less than $10 and of course the series isn’t wimpy at all and the author keeps writing book after book? I found several of these books for just $2 each in perfect condition.
Need a stroller? A twin bed? A bouncer? Tell me you need a bouncer! The choices were overwhelming and I didn’t even need a bouncer. I just found myself looking at all of the different prints, styles and colors.
Ready for a new round of toys? Action figures, dolls, stuffed animals, trucks, trains, building blocks, scooters and bikes. This list could go on and on but I’ve been given a deadline for this blog post! There’s a good possibility my sister is sitting in her living room drooling all over the Bruder toys she got for her son.
I may sound jealous if my sister but I’m not. I’m truly happy for her. So what if she’s my little sister who of course, tagged along much like she has for the last 27 years of my life. And I mean, so what if she’s walking around today in a pair of brand new Converse shoes that she only paid $9 for. So what if I was trying to be an observer of the experience at hand in order to write the piece while she got a sold pre-Black Friday workout in! No, I’m not jealous or bitter at all. But don’t you all think that was a little selfish of her? Just saying!
Thank you to everyone at Just Between Friends in Springfield. You all were very welcoming, helpful and well organized. It was such a fun experience and I am so excited I get to share it with other moms and shoppers in southwest Missouri. Happy shopping!
Rachael, SWMO momma to three and wife to Matthew, spends her days working at Litho Printers/Barry County Advertiser and her nights cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals or the Kansas Jayhawks.
Rachael loves spending time with her kiddos and Matt as well as spoiling her nieces and nephews.