Thursday, January 15, 2015

Throwback Thursday #GOHAWKS #JBF253

We're looking forward & looking backward....

It's TBT 
(that's Throwback Thursday for those of us who aren't as social media savvy as others)!
Looking forward to Sunday's Playoff Game!

Looking backward #TBT from the Superbowl Parade last year!
Looking forward to our JBF Spring Sale Event!

Looking backward #TBT from 2014 JBF Events!

$6.00 kid's jersey!
Lots of outdoor toys!
Boppy Mountain!
 Prepared JBF Shoppers..."wagon" in tow!
Selection galore!
Mr. Consignor dropping off his little girls' items!
 Presale Shoppers ready for doors to open!
Happy shoppers with HUGE loads of savings!
Loads of donations after the sale getting distributed to local non-profits!
Warm & fuzzy ... flower & note from a consignor/volunteer!
We can't wait to see you all in March!  Here are all the links you need to consign, shop & shop early!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

3 More Chances to Win $50 JBF Bucks!


Use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or all 3!

April 23-27
Tag us in your tagging photos. Organized, chaotic, taking over the dining room...we want to see it all. Don't forget the hashtag #jbf253 Each photo is an entry to win.

April 28-30
Got JBF shopping tips? Share them with us using the hashtag #jbf253. Guess what? Each tip is an entry to win.

Sale Week!  April 30 - May 4
We want to see your sale photos!  #jbf253 You know the drill. Each photo is a chance to win.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

4 Chances to Win $50 JBF Bucks!

Dates & Details:

April 20, 21 and 22
Follow JBF Tacoma and Swap Meet Mama on Facebook ( & , Twitter (@JBFTacomaMama & @SwapMeetMama) & Instagram (jbftacomamama & swapmeetmama). Each follow is an entry to win!

April 23-27
Tag us in your tagging photos. Organized, chaotic, taking over the dining room...we want to see it all. Don't forget the hashtag #jbf253 Each photo is an entry to win.

April 28-30
Got JBF shopping tips? Share them with us using the hashtag #jbf253. Guess what? Each tip is an entry to win.

Sale Week April 30-May 4
We want to see your sale photos. #jbf253 You know the drill. Each photo is a chance to win.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Behind the Scenes - JBF 15 Days Away

We're 15 days away from our Spring Sale Event in Puyallup!

We're launching a new hashtag: #jbf253 and we're going to be giving away lots of JBF Bucks for social media contests.  Warm up your twitter, facebook and instagram fingers!  (Details announced soon!)

Here's what we've been up to:
Meeting future JBF Families at the NW Family Expo!

Counting our racks to be sure we have enough room for all the CLOTHING consignors are tagging!

Remembering all the SHOPPERS eagerly waiting for the doors to open each morning of the sale!

Building new shelving units to display TOYS at the sale!

Telling all the school aged kiddos about JBF.  What a great resource for families!

This was one of our favorite items from last sale - a HUGE DIAPER PIN to hang on the wall!

Heavy duty chains on our HUGE TRAILER.  
(I had to text this pic to my Dad to be sure we did it correctly!)

We can't wait to start setting up!  
Here's what the Pavilion looks like before we get started.

See you very soon!  
Spring Sale: May 1-4, 2014 
Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup 
Gold Gate - Free Parking in Gold Lot - Corner of 9th & Meridian.
Consignor Drop Off April 29 & 30
Early Bird Shopping May 1 8am-9am
Thursday May 1 Noon-8pm
Friday May 2 11am-7pm
Saturday May 3 9am-5pm
Sunday May 4 8am-2pm (most items 50% off!)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Turning My Clutter into CA$H!!!

These rainy days get me digging through closets, cleaning under beds & sorting through the garage!  

I'm using 5 EASY STEPS to turn all of this clutter into cash at the Spring JBF Tacoma Sale May 1-4, 2014.
  1. Gather, Keep/Toss & Clean:  Once I have gathered a pile of items my family not longer needs, I decide if it is in good enough shape to consign it.  If so, I clean it, make sure all the pieces are there, add new batteries, etc.  I use the Spring Sale-Acceptable Item List and check for Recalls.  Put it in a box for later.
  2. Prepare Items for the Sale:  I put clothing on hangers, toys in zip-loc bags, tie shoes together...all according to the Merchandise Prep Guidelines.  Put it in a box for later.
  3. Enter Tags:  Now, I take one box at a time to my computer and log into My JBF Profile to Enter My Tags.  The Quick Reference Guide gives me pricing guidelines.  I price to sell, choose to Reduce so that my items sell on 50% Off Day, and I choose to donate my unsold items (I really don't want this clutter back!).  Put it in a box for later.
  4. Attach Tags:  After my tags are printed (on white cardstock) and cut out, I use a tagging gun (or safety pins) to attach tags to clothing, clear packing tape to attach tags to other items, and ribbon/hole-punch to attach tags to shoes, etc.  The Quick Reference Guide makes this super easy!
  5. Pack for Quick Drop Off:  Once my items are priced, tagged & prepped for the sale, I pack them in bins/boxes sorted by type and size.  Clothing, shoes, bedding and accessories are packed for the 2nd floor of the sale.  Toys, furniture, Mommy Mart, books, games, videos and infant items are packed for the 1st floor of the sale.  I print and sign my Consignor Agreement and put it on top!
I take it one box at a time.  The next rainy day gives me an excuse to get my clutter one step closer to becoming cash!  

See you in May!   - Allison
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Friday, January 17, 2014

I Started! Using Seahawks as Motivation

Yep, whether you're a football fan or not, here's how to use the success of the Seattle Seahawks to your advantage - as you prepare for the Spring JBF Sale!

If you're a die-hard fan:  Right now, it's hard for you to concentrate on anything else.  You can hardly wait for Sunday to come around and you're getting more and more excited as each hour passes.  If you're anything like me, you think about the game too long and you start to get nervous!  You're definitely going to the game or going somewhere to watch it among other die-hard fans.  JBF tasks get done really fast when you have a deadline!  Make it a goal to clean out one closet or dresser, sort it, clean it, hang it, and tag it before kick-off on Sunday.

If you're a fair-weather fan:  You usually don't pay attention to football, but you've gotten caught up in the 12th Man excitement!  You've watched a few games this season.  You've learned some of the big names: Wilson, Lynch, Sherman - maybe even Percy Harvin if you're paying close attention.  You're definitely watching the game on TV this weekend.  JBF tasks are great for game-time!  Last weekend, I was standing at my ironing board the entire first half as I got clothing ironed and hung for the JBF sale!  After the game, I entered tags, printed, tagged, and boxed it up for May!

If you could care less:  You're wondering why everyone is wearing blue today (Friday).  What's with all the casual attire at work?  Did blue and bright green all of the sudden get fashionable?  You're busy making plans for this weekend and couldn't tell me the day or time that the Seahawks play.  JBF tasks can easily fit into your weekend plans!  Go ahead, make it a goal to get one box of toys cleaned, battery-checked, recall-checked, and tagged for the spring sale!


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Do You Hate Dusting As Much As I Do?

Dusting is the LAST chore I want to do.  I'm a pretty reality-based person, but when it comes to dust in my house, I'm happy living in an imaginary world where I pretend that dust does not exist.  Who's with me?

I have chosen, however, to dust off a few things in my life.  I don't get too wrapped up in the whole "New Year's Resolution" thing, but this time of year does get me thinking about being more intentional with my decisions, energy, and time.

First, I'm dusting off this blog!  As you can see, I haven't posted in two years...sheesh!  This year, as we prepare for each of our JBF sale events, I'll use this blog to keep you up-to-date on all things consignment.  I'll probably toss in a few thrifty finds along the way.  After all, if we're into saving money for our kid's stuff, we're probably interested in saving money on the rest of life as well (I know I am!).

Here are a few photos to get us up to speed on how JBF has grown in the Tacoma/Puyallup area!
50,000 sq. ft. of kids clothing, toys, equipment, etc.!
Over 600 consignors! 
Over 300 amazing helpers who make the sale great! 
Strollers of every shape, size, and type! 
Over a 1/2 mile of clothing!
Serious shopping!

Here are all the details about our Spring Sale Event
May 1-4, 2014
Selling (Consigning)
Helping At The Sale (Thank You!)
Charity Partner

How the JBF Sale Works:
Consignors price and prepare items at home and then bring them to event.  During Drop Off, items are inspected for quality, condition & recalls.  Consignors and Volunteers get to shop our exclusive Presale.  Then, we open to the public when everyone gets to save money and find great deals for their family!  The final day of the sale is our Half Price Day (most items are 50% off).  After the sale, a team of volunteers sorts the unsold items.  Consignors choose to either donate or pick up unsold items.  Donated items are picked up by our Charity Partner, Trinity Church of Pierce County, and distributed to several non-profit social service agencies in the South Puget Sound area.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Spring Sale was Great - See You in the Fall!

Thanks to over 300 Volunteers and 350 Consignors,
the JBF Tacoma Spring Sale Event was bigger and better than ever!
We expanded into a beautiful enclosed tent - another 10,000 sq. ft. -
where all of the large items were sold.
The spring sale had over 80,000 great items to choose from!
Mark your calendar for the Fall Sale Event!
October 21-23, 2011
Volunteer & Consignor Presale October 20
We expect over 400 Consignors - that's over 100,000 items!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Mountains of Items at our Fall 2010 Sale!

That's right, over 300 Consignors brought almost 60,000 items to our Fall Sale Event!

Though my 3-year old daughter wanted to be "Princess-Fairy-Mermaid" for Halloween, she managed to find a princess dress at JBF. She then declared that she would be a "Princess with Fetching Features!"

This was our 4th and largest JBF-Tacoma sale. We tried some new advertising including promotions on Spirit 105.3fm. DJs Tom & Sarah were AWESOME as they talked about JBF on air! Tom even received a text from his wife while she was shopping at the sale - and he read the text on the air! Woohoo! We love Spirit 105.3fm!

Our Spring Sale is April 1-3, 2011. Register here to consign or shop (First Time Parents & Military Families shop before the public). Volunteer registration opens January 1st.

See you in April!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Oh How Our JBF Sale Grows!

Thanks for enjoying our 3rd JBF Tacoma consignment sales event!

We welcomed more shoppers, sold more children's and maternity items, and wrote bigger consignor checks!!!

Best of all, thousands of toys, equipment, and clothing items got re-used by local families instead of thrown into the trash!

We're already planning for the Fall Sale Event - October 22-24
Register to shop, sell, or volunteer!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Registration OPEN for the Spring Sale!

Join us April 23-25, 2010
Volunteer & Consignor Presale April 22
Puyallup Fair Expo Hall

Register to:
Remember, you don't have to be a consignor to volunteer! Volunteers shop absolutely FIRST!

Clothing at the Spring Sale will be Spring & Summer...
My daughter Maya is looking forward to sunny days!

We can't wait to see everyone again in April! JBF is like a reunion of friends every 6 months! As always, email if you'd like Free Admission Passes for family, friends, church, school, daycare, etc. We're happy to give you enough for EVERYONE!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Filming Live with Tim Robinson & King 5 Morning News!

Hey guys! I promise more yummy cookies at our Spring 2010 Sale!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Fall 2009 Photos

Photos courtesy of Tiffany at
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