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Throwing things away? Try consignment

Baby clothes will be hung and ready to be sold at the Just Between Friends spring sale at Bielenberg Sports Center in Woodbury. (Submitted photo)1 / 2
Shoppers will take advantage of discounted children's items at next week's Just Between Friends sale. (Submitted photo)2 / 2

If you have an old bouncy seat that you only used for a couple of months, or cute little baby outfits that your kid grew out of in just a few weeks, consignment may be a good way to get rid of things while making some cash.

While spring cleaning homes, Woodbury parents have a chance to host some "tagging" parties and get together with friends to decide what to sell in next week's "Just Between Friends" semiannual sale.

Just Between Friends is a national franchise that was recently featured on Good Morning America for its ability to help parents make some extra money or score some reasonably priced children's item at its sales across the country.

In the east metro, Sheri Oleyar leads the fall and spring sales that take place at Bielenberg Sports Center. The spring sale will be from Thursday, May 12 through Saturday, May 14.

Drop offs begin Tuesday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and resume Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Consigners must register online at prior to drop off days and have everything tagged, organized and ready to be sold.

Only spring items will be accepted - think shorts, capri pants and t-shirts. But all baby equipments and toys will be sold there too. Fall and winter items will be sold at the next sale.

"We try to keep the two seasons separate," Oleyar said.

So far about 160 consigners have signed up, she added, so Bielenberg will be packed with a variety of clothing and toys.

Volunteers will also get a chance to shop early as they help set up and sort things before the sale opens to the public on Thursday.

"The more they volunteer, the earlier they get to shop," Oleyar said.

Typically consigners makes 65 percent of the sale, but those who volunteer for four-hour shifts get an extra 5 percent on their sale.

A pre-sale will give volunteers and consigners an opportunity to shop on Wednesday starting at 4 p.m. followed by a first time parent sale from 7 to 9 p.m. then the public sale on Thursday.

"Those volunteers really get the first pick at all the great merchandise," Oleyar said.

"It'll be a busy crazy night."

Just Between Friends doesn't collect items to consign throughout the year The process starts the week of the sale, Oleyar said.

Organizers will drop off the equipment and start setting up Monday at Bielenberg.

All consigners who participate have to make sure everything is clean and not severely damaged, Oleyar said, adding that volunteers will go through everything to make sure it's OK to sell.

Saturday, the last day of the sale, consigners may sell everything for half off. Otherwise, whatever is left will be donated to charity.

Consigner checks will be sent out two weeks after the sale. The average consigner makes about $343, Oleyar said.

"When you start counting up the clothes, the toys, all those things that you gather, you usually make between $200 and $300," she added. "If you're bringing in your big baby equipment, you're certainly gonna make a lot more than that."

This spring sale is the fifth so far to be held in Woodbury. After the first sale in the spring of 2009, the event grew by 94 percent in size, Oleyar said.

"I think the economy has a lot to do with it. It's an easy thing to do," she added. "...People need to do what they can to save money and to make money."

Just Between Friends spring sale will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 12-13 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 14.

Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.