Just Between Friends Offers Consignment Deals

Monday, March 9th 2009, 4:06 pm

By: News 9

By Jennifer Pierce, NEWS 9

NORMAN, Oklahoma -- Everyone is looking for a bargain these days. And that's just what metro families are finding in Norman this week.

When you have kids or grandkids getting the most for your money is a priority. That's why thousands of people have found the value in consignment shopping.

What started in a living room 12 years ago has become larger than the founders of Just Between Friends ever expected.

"What's here is quality and clean and taken care of, so ready for the next home," Diane Nutt said.

Racks display gently used clothes, furniture, tables of toys and hard to find, inexpensive bedding.

"Everything for only $60 and it's in immaculate shape," Nutt said. "Something like this would probably cost $300 or $400 for somebody to make."

Nutt has been volunteering for six years. She says there is always a huge turnout of bargain hunting parents. But she expects even more this year.

"We've seen people spend a little less money this time, but we've seen more people come through the door, so I feel like that is going to be the overall trend," Nutt said.

Saving money is on the minds of a lot of parents, especially one mother of three.

"Gymnastics clothes that are outrageously expensive at other places and this is $3," Trish James said.

Shoppers are paying a fraction of the price of what they would pay at a retail store.

And moms like Christine Goelz are actually pocketing extra cash. She consigns her kids' clothes and toys in addition she volunteers her time at the sale.

"When you consign, you get 65 percent of what you sale your items for and if you volunteer you get 70 percent," Goelz said.

She says consigning is definitely worth the effort.

"Every year I think I make more and more because I consign more, but one of my biggest checks was over $500," Goelz said.

There will also be a sale in Oklahoma City on March 23 through March 28 at the state fairgrounds.


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