Families make ends meet by selling children's clothes

POSTED: Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 3:39pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

WACO -- Kids don't stop growing in a bad economy.

"They outgrow their shoes, they outgrow their clothing, they get tired of toys and they want those new toys, and how do those families make it?" says Director of Just Between Friends Consignment's Kathy Rogers.

Katie Greathouse is a mother of two, and she says the secret is consignment shopping... on steroids.

"It is hard to go in and shop and pay the high prices for things. With JBF, it's a way for the parents to be able to go in and know that there's a variety of things to choose from, they have a huge variety, and still not have to pay the high prices," says Greathouse. 

Just Between Friends is consignment shopping, but the Waco sale takes it to a whole new level. It's like other consignment stores, but it's only three days of shopping. Plus, thousands of people show up to buy from more than 300 sellers.

So you not only get to buy clothes, you can bring home money by selling things your kids don't use anymore.

Directors say they gave out $40,000 in checks to sellers last year.

"That's money that's in the economy here, stays in the economy here and goes back to the economy here. So it never leaves Waco," says Rogers.

The biggest seller came home with nearly $900 last year, and in this economy that money can go a long way.

"It really does get me really upset when our times are that tough," says Rogers. "I had a consigner here that wrote to us on our Facebook saying my husband was laid off, and it meant us helping our bills while we were getting back on our feet." 

The shopping is March 25th-27th. To learn how you can sell your items or to learn more about JBF, click here.

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