Parents who want to save on items needed for their kids will find them at a three-day, pop-up sale sponsored by Gloucester County’s Just Between Friends.
The sale begins Friday, March 31, at Total Turf in Pitman and will include gently used items like clothes, toys and books for infants to teens.
“Families from all over South Jersey bring in gently loved items and we sell them for 50 to 90 percent off retail prices, so local families can stock up on needed items for their growing families,” said Kimberly Chapman, owner of Just Between Friends.
“We cover items from clothes, shoes and baby gear such as cribs, walkers, strollers and bouncers,” she added. “We also have books, puzzles, games, toys, outdoor play items like bikes and playhouses. We even have learning items for homeschooling families such as books and hands-on learning materials.”
Tickets for the event can be purchased on Eventbrite, with certain times reserved on March 31 for those with passes and first-time parents. The public can attend from 3 to 6 p.m. if they don’t want to purchase a ticket.
There will be a free Easter Egg hunt on Saturday, April 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the sale’s last day, Sunday, April 2, is also free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. That day will also include a 50-percent-off sale for most items.
“Our sales do well because families are always growing and in need of items,” Chapman explained. “What better way to help in this economy?”
Items that don’t sell are often donated to local charities. This year’s donations will go to the Macedonia Baptist Church in Westville.
According to Chapman, two sales are held every year in the spring or summer and again in the fall. Though the county’s Just Between Friends has been in operation for eight years, the organization as a whole has existed since 1997, when it started in the living room of the owner’s Oklahoma home.
“Families brought items to sell, while other families shopped to purchase items they needed,” Chapman explained. “Since then, the economy has brought challenges which have left some struggling to make ends meet.
“We hear story after story about how Just Between Friends has helped make that happen,” she added, “giving families a way to provide quality items at bargain prices for their kids. And while some families sell items to have money for extras, for others, JBF can make the difference in being able to cover their bills.”