Back-to-school finds at Just Between Friends sale
With consumer confidence strong, back to school spending is expected to reach its second highest level on record, a 10 percent increase over last year. But there's no reason to spend more than you have to.

Just Between Friends (JBF) has a sale in Brooklyn Park that can result in big savings for a few short days.

"We are a seasonal children's marketplace," said Katy Saunders of JBF. "We offer local families a way to buy and sell gently used kids items."

The consignment sale last four days beginning Thursday at the former TJ Maxx store at 8081 Brooklyn Blvd. JBF takes in kids items from 400 area parents and sells them back at discount prices with the parents getting a cut of the profit.

"We have almost 4,000 shoppers, so we're going to sell a lot of what you bring," Saunders said. "Those families are going to make 60 to 70 percent of their prices."

There are approximately 150,000 items for sale with plenty of toys, clothes, strollers and back to school stuff available.

"If your kids need it, or like it, or want it," Saunders said. "We probably have it."

In demand items tend to go quickly at the JBF event, so getting there early is a good idea, but stuff that isn't sold is also accounted for.

"At the end we're going to sort and give back to them what didn't sell," Saunders said. "Or they can donate to the charity partner, which is CROSS in Rogers."

On Thursday there is a $2 admission fee, the remaining days are free. The final day of this JBF sale is Sunday. Most of the items in the store that day will be sold for half price.

Eric Nelson, reporting



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