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Consignment event rocks Tampa's Florida State Fairgrounds

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As families search for ways to be frugal, two local moms are helping them do just that with their annual spring children's consignment event.  Just Between Friends of Tampa is gearing up for its event at the Florida State Fairgrounds Special Event Center.  This event helps families make money by "turning holiday clutter into cash".  At the same time, families can typically save between 50 and 90 percent on everything they need to raise a family, from maternity to teen.

JBF of Tampa is currently accepting consignors who want to sell the new and gently used children's and maternity items that their families have outgrown.  They price and tag their own items using an easy, online bar code system. JBF does the rest of the work, handling all sales. Consignors earn 60 percent of the sales, 70 percent if they volunteer.   The money at JBF stays in the local community and most goes back into the pockets of local families. 

For those families who shop at the event can find great bargains on everything from clothing, toys, electronics, books, baby equipment, furniture and much more.  Consignment shopping has become a trend that is here to stay.  Although the economy is recovering from the recession of 2008, a recent national survey by Just Between Friends shows families are still shopping for deals and remain as bargain conscious as ever.  Saving a few dollars is chic and shopping at second-hand stores is cool, the research shows.

When asked about their shopping habits, more than 60 percent said they started shopping at consignment and second hand shops after the recession hit in 2008.  More than 99.6 percent say that even if the economy improves they will still shop at consignment events and resale shops.  Twenty percent say they shop at consignment events and resale shops more than ten times a year.

Just Between Friends surveyed people nationwide through their website and Facebook page. More than 5,000 people responded. The average respondent is between 30 and 39 years old and more than half earn between $50,000 and $100,000 a year.

Local moms Christina Ruhlig and Lisa Green organize and run the JBF event twice a year and are thrilled to help their community save and earn money.  They also give back, donating unsold items to Sunrise of Pasco County. They are both available for interviews before and during the event. We can also provide families who participate as consignors and shoppers for interviews.

Just Between Friends of Tampa Event

Date:     Friday, March 8 – 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

                Saturday, March 9 – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

                Sunday, March 10 – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. ( Half Price Day!)

Place:    Florida State Fairgrounds Special Event Center

Admission: $2 Friday only


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