Chattanooga's Just Between Friends Consignment owner Stacy Ervin welcomes expectant mothers and their children to shop for deals March 18-24 inside Camp Jordan Arena in East Ridge.
The Just Between Friends children's and maternity sales will showcase children's clothing for play or church in sizes preemie through 14 for boys and girls as well as maternity clothing. Shoppers can expect to find only brand names from Gymboree, Gap, Strausburg, Polo, Carter's, Okie Dokie, Kelly's Kids and more.
The sales will also showcase shoes, toys, baby equipment, books, movies, furniture, bedding and costumes.
"Once you shop JBF you will be hooked," said Ervin, of Ringgold. "I have been shopping at Just Between Friends since my little boy was born. When my little boy was just a couple of months old my mom and I heard an advertisement on the radio for the sale, and what a blessing to find somewhere to be able to clothe my child and not break the bank."
She said most customers are repeat customers, but those new to the event seem equally as excited to get good deals.
"We usually have between 4,500 to 5,000 shoppers that attend the event over the seven days," said Ervin. "We have just under 1,000 consignors and just over 3,500 feet of racks of clothing. That is more than a half a mile of clothing for sale."
Just Between Friends has been in Chattanooga since 2005. The upcoming March sale days mark the 10th sale for Ervin, who became owner of the Chattanooga JBF franchise in 2009. She volunteered at the sale in 2008 before opting to become the owner.
"At JBF you can typically find gently used and some new items for one-third of what you would pay at a retail store," she said. "All clothing and shoes go through an inspection process during drop-off. We do not take stained, torn or excessively worn items."
Ervin said she began shopping at consignment events in Chattanooga six years ago.
"I love the idea of spending less and getting more," she said. "I also love the opportunity to sell the items my children have outgrown to help with the cost of other items."
Just Between Friends provides laundry baskets and large shopping bags on a first come, first serve basis. Shoppers are encouraged to bring their own laundry baskets too. Most shoppers leave the sale with three to four large bags of purchases, said Ervin.
"Right now with the economy being down families need all the help they can get in taking care of their children," Ervin said. "JBF is such a blessing for many buying and selling items for their family."
JBF Chattanooga has been No. 3 in sales out of the more than 100 JBF franchises in the United States for more than five years.