Local moms embrace an economical way to afford the holidays

2014 Just Between Friends Toy Sale / Holiday Bazaar will be held at the Gold Creek Church in Mill Creek, 4326 – 148th St. SE on Friday, November 21st (9am - 7pm) and Saturday, November 22nd
Just Between Friends Toy Sale at Gold Creek Church on Friday and Saturday, November 21st and 22nd. Photo courtesy of Just Between Friends.

From a Just Between Friends press release.

Recognizing that countless, gently used toys are sitting around homes no longer being used or played with, area moms are gathering up the items their children have outgrown to sell them with hopes they will end up under the tree for other children this Holiday Season.

“It’s really all about recycling and repurposing,” said Heidi Esola, Event Coordinator of the Lynnwood area Just Between Friends (JBF) Children’s Consignment Sales Events.

“The beauty of these events,” said Esola “is that we inspire families to take a good look at their homes a few times a year and to consign unused items at one of our events since the items still have significant value and life left in them for a second home. In addition, JBF offers families a convenient alternative to rid of these items providing a financial payout at the end of the sale.”

Area parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles are marking their calendars for the upcoming Just Between Friends Toy Sale / Holiday Bazaar because they can find exceptional bargains on items that bring a simple smile to a child’s face. In addition, they are helping other local families who are recycling unused and outgrown items from their growing families like Birgitte Miller.

Ms. Miller began selling her children’s outgrown clothing and toys, along with her maternity wear at the Just Between Friends sale back in 2011 and is still selling and profiting about $1,400 from each sale she consigns in. “I found these Consignment Sales from just shopping at them when my kids were younger – and now I have so much to get rid of, and everything is practically new, it just economically makes sense for me,” says Ms. Miller.

The 2014 Just Between Friends Toy Sale / Holiday Bazaar will be held at the Gold Creek Church in Mill Creek, 4326 – 148th St. SE on Friday, November 21st (9am - 7pm) and Saturday, November 22nd (8am – 3pm) when many items will be 50% off after 12 noon.

Admission to the event is free and open to the public, however shoppers are asked to bring canned food for the Mill Creek Food Bank and/or new socks for the Holly House that serves over 2,000 local children in Snohomish County a year.

“Toys, puzzles and games sell very well at Just Between Friends sales events,” said Esola.

“We have parents who buy them to give as gifts; grandparents who purchase items to have at their homes for when the grandkids come to visit, and even daycares that are looking for affordable, but sturdy toys to replenish their play rooms. But, what is always so much fun, is when we see the joy on a child’s face who was just able to afford that one special toy on their piggybank budget.”

Shoppers are welcome to attend the event to see what treasures they will find. In addition to toys, puzzles, books and games, the event will also be selling baby equipment, holiday clothing and decorations and even special sections called “Mommy Mart” and “Daddy Mart.”

As an added bonus to this event, we have invited over 20 local vendors featuring their goods and services such as Frances Grace Salon, Scentsy, and Thirty-One along with handmade items from Recreated Junk and Frame Fancy.

At the end of the sale, unsold items will be donated to the Holly House, a grass-roots volunteer run organization that has been a valuable partner to Just Between Friends Lynnwood for over three years.

The Holly House is entirely funded by donations and is in its 8th year serving poverty level children in Snohomish County. For more information on this non-profit organization, visit their website at:

For more details on the 2014 Just Between Friends Lynnwood Holiday Bazaar and Toy Sale and to sign-up on the mailing list, please go to


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