Today I had planned to write a post on my consigning experience with Just Between Friends.
And today - almost like a gift - I received a super-snarky comment in my inbox!
I typically just smirk, sometimes laugh and then delete these notes, but not tonight. Tonight I'm going to share it to prove an important point. Here is the note:
"If you want to be relatabel [sic] to your readers, you should really stop posting pictures of your daughter wearing expensive outfits. Seriously who buys quilted patent boots and satin skirts for their toddler? I bet she will never wear that again and it was just on for one picture what a waste."
It's really easy - trust me, I know! - to assume things about someone based on what you see on the internet. Lots of things have been assumed about me from "perfect marriage" to "perfect Mom" to "perfect Christian" to "perfect house" - I can't stress enough how UNTRUE all of those are. Like, in a big way.
As for Hope's outfit, let me break it down for you from head to toe:
Satin headband with flower: bought on clearance at a store that was going out of business. I think it was $3.00 - if that.
Black long sleeve tee shirt: Children's place for $4.00 (cheaper after coupon!)
Silver Tu-Tu - a gift from a friend.
Black patent boots: A last second decision at the register at Children's Place. I turned and saw them... they were the last ones... they were Hope's size!... and they were on clearance. I got them for... wait for it... $4.00!!
Pretty relatable, if you ask me!!
But I want to let you in on a little secret...
I live for...
the Just Between Friends Consignment Sale.
If you've been reading a while, this is not news.
I love these sales because I live for a bargain - and I love to find unique things that I don't have to hunt around town and go to five different stores for - everything is all in one spot!
Since Gavin was two, I've been buying and selling at their twice a year sales. It was how I kept toys constantly rotating in the playroom - hoping to keep things fun and interesting, especially during his daily therapies. And it's also how I handled outfitting two boys! Going to these sales almost felt like trading. I'd sell a season's worth of clothes... and I'd buy a season's worth of clothes... and sometimes I'd break even. How awesome is that?? My record for sales one year was close to $600!!
It can be daunting to start the process - deciding what to sell and organizing everything so you can tag each and every item. It can be even harder to emotionally part with things. I know this very well. The sale before Gavin's death, I sold all the baby equipment we had been holding onto... we had been hoping we would need it. Letting go of the equipment and the clothes and the baby toys was like letting go of a dream. Then the sale after Gavin's death... I found myself buying baby equipment and clothes and toys for Hope!
Now, here I am again. Ed and I were holding onto Hope's things... hoping. I didn't write about this - or really tell many people at all - but we lost a baby. I was actually miscarrying on Hope's first birthday. (It really has been a long Winter.) So we are officially, officially done - but it doesn't make it any less difficult! I had planned to start tagging everything to sell like I always do, but I couldn't bring myself to do it.
So I came up with a solution that makes me feel better. I have a friend who is expecting a girl... and a friend who just delivered a girl... so I packed up some of my favorite things of Hope's to give to them. It makes me so, so happy to know that people I love have such special things of Hope's. Then, I gathered all the other things I wanted to sell - including clothes Brian and Hope have outgrown and toys we're all sick of looking at - and I outsourced the job.
Just Between Friends has a "Valet Service!" Basically, the "Valet" will price, tag and deliver your items to the sale and then you split the profits. I packed up the clothes...
... random toys...
...and bags of miscellaneous things, including these bottles I bought for Hope that she never once touched!
The Valet will make sense of it all for me - which is such a huge relief. It allows me to do a lot more of this this month...
I was assigned a valet in my area and we met this weekend. I gave her ideas of how I priced things and she'll take care of the rest! Before she prints all the tags I'll be able to see them and make any changes, which is nice. I've never used the Valet Service - but it was the perfect solution for me this year. It saves me time and, quite frankly, it will spare me from some tears!
I love the consigning part - and it's fun to make money - so it was a little bit hard for me to make the final decision to valet. But I can't put a price on stress relief - and the time it will free up - and having a big, clear spot in my basement where I can actually SEE the floor again. Totally worth it.
If you live in the Philadelphia area and want to join me as a seller and shopper - there's still time! Check out the JBF website for all the important information. The sale is March 19-22. Check out their Facebook Page, too, as they often do special giveaways - like "jump to the front of the line" passes, which are the BEST. These sales get crowded and the lines, although they move fast, are still lines! They also give early shopping passes to expectant Moms having their first baby, first time Grandparents, teachers and more. Check out this link to see all the ways you can get in earlier than the public to shope. I love this sale - can you tell?
Just one thing. If you do go to the sale... and you see me shopping... and I look intense... don't be afraid to say hi. But I won't talk long because what if someone grabs the smocked dress I can see out of the corner of my eye?!? Or the last Star Wars anything?? I take my JBF shopping very seriously.
The sale is at the Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA - the same Expo Center where I had Gavin's Playground Party! It opens to the public on Thursday, March 19 at 9am until 8pm. Then, on Sunday, March 22, from 8-3 - many things will be marked 50% off to close the sale!
I'm going to write another post after the sale, like I always do, to show you some of the things I bought. I am hoping to find some unique clothes - maybe special Easter outfits - and books by Brian's favorite author.
Hope to see you there!!