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Just Between Friends Aims to Save Big Bucks for LP Families

Melissa S. Treacy

Friday, April 25, 2014 • 10:00am

It is harder and harder for the average Lower Providence family to stretch a buck, and nowhere is that more evident then when attempting to clothe the children.

From ever-changing styles and brands that are “in,” to keeping p with the friends, seasonal changes, and forget the ever-growing child, it is nearly impossible to keep children of any age in clean, matching clothing. When they become old enough to weigh in on the outfits, as well, well … it just makes it even more complex.

Thankfully it is a problem that you no longer have to keep “Just Between Friends.” Despite its catchy name, the sales of this consignment franchise have become anything but.

Two local sales are slated for the area this spring. The Western Mainline/Oaks sale runs through the weekend from April 24 to 26 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Hall B. The public is invited to attend Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There is no cost to attend on Friday or Saturday, and Saturday will be a half-off price day (those items with a star excluded).

If you can’t make this weekend’s sale, the franchise will also host a sale in Reading on May 8 to 10. The sale will take place at Body Zone, 3103 Paper Mill Road, Wyomissing. Presales in Reading will take place on Wednesday, May 7 with public hours beginning on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., again with a Saturday half-price day.

Local sale franchisees Tracy Panase and Beth McIntyre operate the two consignment sales, which feature spring and summer clothing for girls size infant to juniors and boys size infant to 18. Additionally, the duo sells maternity clothing for all seasons.

In what the Today Show’s Matt Lauer called “the hottest ticket in town,” the sales have become an national phenomenon, reaching families throughout the United States. From infant “necessities” like strollers and car seats, to room décor, toys, books, games and crafts, the local expo centers are lined with rows and rows discounts.

“Shop and get unbelievable deals on everything you need for spring and summer,” said Panase in a sales flyer. “Save and earn even more by being a part of our JBF Team.”

Free admission passes are available online for guests to the sale, though there is no cost during the weekend sales.

“Savvy shoppers and sellers know, there is no better budget-helper around,” said McIntyre.

For more information on the leading consignment sale franchise, visit the Just Between Friends website here or view the Today show video here:

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For information on becoming a consignor, visit the JBF link here.

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