Q. What is a consignor?
A. A JBF consignor is a participant who sells high quality, new and gently-used items at local, seasonal sales events. Just Between Friends markets, advertises, hosts, and runs the sales events. You prepare your items, then JBF does all the promoting and legwork to sell those items for you.
Q. Why do so many choose consign with Just Between Friends?
A. Consignors realize that by selling their items, they have the opportunity to earn money back from their investment in high-quality children's items, which provides additional income for the household budget. JBF consignors sell their items without the headache (or invasion of privacy) of a garage sale and are able to then shop early for high-quality merchandise at a fraction of retail prices. This is recycling at its best! Consigning with Just Between Friends also gives you more control over your sales than participating with a typical consignment store as you set your prices, your percentage earned on item sales is significantly higher than with traditional consignment stores, and your check is mailed to you within a couple of weeks. It is definitely worth participating!
Q. Who can consign their items and become a seller?
A. Anyone can consign their children's items with Just Between Friends. We request that you have a minimum of 20 items or a combined total of $50 worth of items to sell. Some sales events may have additional requirements, so please check selling specifics with your local event.
Q. How do I sign up to become a consignor?
A. Click on the link in the right hand corner that says "Sign Up to Create an Account". This will take you to a new screen where you will fill out your information. Don't forget to enter your password after putting in your contact information!! You will receive an email confirmation within moments. Registering is quick, easy and FREE!
Q. Can I keep the same consignor number if I sell with multiple JBF sales?
A. Once on the mailing list, you are assigned a universal JBF number that remains the same no matter which JBF sale you participate in. Just remember to register separately for each sale and for each season for which you want to consign so we can be expecting you! Again, though your JBF Number remains the same for every season and every sale, you will need to sign up with your local sales event for each sale and for each season. Did we mention that you will need to sign up for each sale and each season? Good. Because you will need to sign up for each sale and each season. I think we’re all good now.
Q. Do consignors get to shop early?
A. Yes! Consignors shop before the public, after the volunteers. Want to shop earlier still? Then join our team of volunteers. Click here for more details.
Q. Who does the pricing?
A. You pick your own price! We provide guidelines in case you need a little help determining the value of your items. Please remember that clothing must be current in style and that items with boutique and designer labels will bring a higher price. You also decide if each item is discounted for our special discount day(s) and/or donated in the event the item does not sell. You may also choose to pick up unsold items after the sale. Donated items go to local charities where they are a huge blessing to families in need.
Q. How do I tag my items?
A. Once you have your JBF number (which you receive by email once you register), you will go to www.myjbftags.com to get started. With our custom online barcoding system, you will enter the information for your tags. Once you are done, you can then print these tags using your desktop printer. Tags are formatted to print out 6 tags per 8 ½ x 11 page. Remember, you must use white cardstock paper for the barcode scanners to work properly! We are unable to accept tags printed on thinner, standard copy paper as paper tags are too easily torn and then lost. You can find 8½ x 11 cardstock paper at Wal-Mart or your local office supply store.
Q. Should I let my items be discounted?
A. Each JBF offers special disount days where items that are not “starred” will be discounted either 25% or 50% depending on the day. While we encourage everyone to participate in the discount days, you have the option to NOT discount your items. Items that you do not wish to be discounted must be marked with a star (you’ll see this option in the tagging system). Be selective on items, especially clothing, that you star. We suggest that you let your clothing items sell during the discount sale days to make the most of your overall item sales. If the item is sentimental or special, mark the starting price up. Of course it is your decision. We just know that we hear from consignors that later wished they had allowed their items to be discounted instead of starred. Remember, starred items WILL remain Full Price and customers are shopping for non-starred items on discount sale days.
Q. What percentage of my items can I expect to sell?
A. Most consignors sell approximately 80% of their items in sizes 2-8. For sizes under 24 months the percentage is lower due to the volume of merchandise received in this size range. People often receive infant clothing as gifts, hand-downs, etc. The older sizes (10-16) tend to sell at a lower percentage as children become pickier when they near the pre-teen and teen years. It’s rough we know. But what can you do? Remember, the higher quality, better priced items will sell first!
Q. After the sale, do I have to sort through the racks to find my unsold items?
A. No, you do not. When you pick up your unsold items, your hanging garments will already be sorted by consignor number for easy pick-up. As time permits, we try to have all of the other items sorted, too. In the event that an item is unaccounted for, there is a lost and found area and a missing tags area for you to look through.
Q. How long does it take to receive my check?
A. Your consignor check will be mailed two weeks after the last day of the sale.
Q. Will I know what items have sold?
A. Yes! With our barcoding system you will be able to keep a record of all the items you sell. Also, if you donate items at the end of the sale, you will be able to print off an inventory list for tax purposes as these donated items are tax deductible. Please remember the tag inventory is deleted one month after each sale to allow preparation for the next season’s sale.
Q. Where do I find hangers?
A. The types of hangers accepted vary from sale to sale (see Consignor FAQ on your local sale site), but all hangers can be found at discount stores. Several department stores will give you leftover hangers at the end of the day. If you need a larger quantity of hangers, just ask if you can buy them. Other places to look for hangers include your local dollar stores, garage sales, dry cleaners and Craigs List. REMEMBER: Hangers will become scarce around sale time, so don’t wait until the last minute to get your hangers!
Q. Do I get my hangers back?
A. At this time, all JBF clothing items are sold with hangers, so we are unable to return hangers to consignors. However, any unsold clothing will be returned on the hangers with which they were received.
Q. When I consign my items, do I have to stay during the sale?
A. Not at all! That's part of the beauty of the event! Consignors drop-off items and put them out on the sales floor during the designated drop-off times—then they come back during the designated times to pick-up their unsold items. We do the rest!
Q. How can I get my kids to eat brussel sprouts and spinach?
A. Sorry. We can’t help you there. But keep trying, and come sell your items with us at the next local Just Between Friends Sales Event!