Quality Counts – Part 2 – Rips

Some are legit – some are “oops” – but when to know the difference?

Rips may cause you to pause when you’re getting ready to put an item of clothing into a JBF sale. But we don’t want you to pause that much!

If the rip is something that occurred because your kid was too rough on the knees or that they tugged their pants up too often and pulled out a belt loop…those rips in garments are perfect for donation. However, they’re not perfect for our sale.

Don’t worry, our charities can sell the fabric for poundage – which benefits them greatly. So bring your rips – marked for donate in our bins. However, we kindly ask that you don’t tag those items and leave them for our charities.

Not sure if your rip qualifies (like those pesky “distressed” jeans) – feel free to post a photo to our VIP Page and we’ll be happy to chime in!


Get a Move On – Trip Around the World Part 2

tzatzikiOur first stop in inspiring kids to eat fun foods from around the world is Greece.  A country on the Mediterranean Sea, Greece is known for lots of yummy foods like olives, grapes and cucumber sauce called “tzatziki” (pronounced zot-zee-kee). Greek people love to eat tzatziki with veggie sticks or bread – and kids love to help their parents make it.

Try it for yourself! You’ll need:

  • 1 cucumber chopped really small
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt (or…minced garlic and a little table salt)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Mix the four ingredients together – kids are great mixers, so get them involved. Have fun learning about how Greece is made up of over 1,400 islands – and is home of the very first Olympics – while munching on carrot sticks and tzatziki. As they say in Greece – OPA! (Which means “hooray!”)

Next stop? Kenya!

This is part of the Get a Move On series – keeping your child healthy through activity and movement.

Got Ideas?

We’re already beginning to think of fun, exciting ways to attract new shoppers to our Fall sales. And that means it is contest time!

Did you have a favorite contest from this Spring? Perhaps it was jump to the front of the line? Or, perhaps getting free money to spend?

We’d love to hear what you liked – what you didn’t like – and what we should add! If you have a contest idea, let us know. You just might win one of your own awards!

Get a Move On – Healthy Habits Around the World – Part 1

Inspire your kids with fun foods! Consider taking a trip through your grocery store and learn about the world we live in. If you have a picky eater – or you just want to try new things – learning about food in various countries is a great way to start. It’s also a great way to get your child involved and learning.

There are many ways to get going – start by picking a food or a country – and ask your child to help. Take time to look up where the country is by using a map or the internet. Then, encourage your child to think about what life might be like for kids in that country.  In the following weeks, we’ll look at various foods and cultures around the world including Greece, Kenya, Japan, Australia, Brazil and the Native Americans of the USA. Enjoy the trip around the world!

This is part of the Get a Move On series – keeping your child healthy through activity and movement.

Quality Counts! – Part 1 – Stains

Quality counts for every JBF sale – every. single. time.

One of our biggest differentiators is our commitment to quality. And, while our percentages of “items pulled” versus what is available for sale on the floor is really low, it still remains vitally important.

Our goal? No items pulled.

Is that possible? Probably not. We’re human. Even the most proficient taggers still miss things. But, our goal is to get the number of pulled items off the floor down to as close to zero as possible.

Why? Three main reasons:

  1. Our shoppers want high quality – and they are after it!
  2. It’s a HUGE time challenge for us to manage what gets pulled, create the log, get in touch with the seller and then get it back to them if they are not donating.
  3. It takes up VITAL space! Have you seen our sale? It’s huge! Let’s leave the room on the racks for clothes that are stain free!

We love donations – we hope you know that by now. So stained items can still be used! From a Free Store to those in need, sold for poundage to recycle/upcycle or used for other projects – there is still a need. So bring your stained clothing to the sale….and place it in our donation bins!

stained clothesWhat constitutes a stain? If you can see it, it’s a stain. Grease, spit up, grundies that didn’t work, grass lines, dirt stains…food, markers, bleached spots….

If you can see it – donate it!

Want to try to get it out – check out this link from musthavemom, we thought it was pretty cool. Thanks to their site for the photo for this post, too!

Get a Move On – Healthy Habits

With portion sizes of many foods over double what they were 20 years ago, we have to help our children build healthy food habits at a young age. Starting around age 4, your child loses the ability to self-regulate when they are full. So, helping them understand how and when to eat will be essential building blocks for their future.

Here are eight simple rules to build healthy food habits

  1. Recognize children’s appetites vary from day to day and meal to meal
  2. Time meals and snacks to allow hunger, but not too much
  3. Allow food jags to run their course
  4.  Don’t insist on the “clean plate club”
  5. Present food without comment about likes or dislikes
  6. Don’t use food as a reward
  7. Don’t bargain, bribe, lecture, shame or threaten.

Get on the right track now – your kids will thank you for it!

Tips for a Great Summer with the Kids

Thanks to the JBF Corporate Blog for this great post!

Photo-Apr-24-4-45-34-PM.pngSummer fun. A phrase we all love to hear, but often causes parents excess stress. Yet, this stress does not come from work, it comes from making plans every day for their children. Keeping them busy and enjoying the summer sun is something we should all learn to enjoy.

Tips for a great summer

1. Look for locals. There are plenty of young, fun teenagers in neighborhoods throughout the US who want part-time or full-time summer babysitting opportunities. Reach out to them and set up a weekly schedule, even if it is just two or three days a week for some free time for yourself.

2. Plan a weekly activity. Each week map out a plan. Whether that be dropping the kids off at Grandma’s for a day or taking them to the local park, having something to look forward to will make it a lot easier for all of you.

3. Do not be afraid to ask for help. Often times, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, etc. complain about how little time they get to spend with their younger relatives. Explain to them your busy schedule for the week and see if they are willing to take the kids for a while once or twice a week. It doesn’t have to be every week, just a monthly visit that will sure to bring smiles to your kids!

4. Read. Read. Read. This does not get emphasized enough, but setting aside time to read, especially in young children and teens, does a lot of good. Make sure they are completing one decently sized book every two weeks. This will keep them busy, smart, and ahead of the game!

5. Assign Chores. A task that makes life easier for you, what a joy! Each week create a chore to do list and assign each child a few duties or errands a couple days of the week. Again, this does not have to be every day, but make sure your kid knows they still need to be doing SOME work during the summer. This will also provide them with a good work ethic for later on in life.

Summer is supposed to be fun for all! So sit back and relax. Do your work, but also help your kids out by using a few of these tips and tricks. You sure will be happy you did!

Ready to Purge

Are you ready to purge more now that summer is coming?  Want the items out of your home now? Consider Valet Tagging!

We’ll take your clean, stain-free, battery-working, in good condition items – we’ll tag them, bring them to the sale in September and put them on the floor for you. You sit back in a clutter-free house and wait for your check!

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Spotlight on Safety – Recall Notice

Updated recall information from the Consumer Product Safety Commission – just in time for all the summer festivities.

• Hobby Lobby recalls light-up spinner toys due to choking and ingestion hazards: http://htl.li/sIwO30bYDTg

• Ride-on toys recalled by Dynacraft due to fall and crash hazards: http://htl.li/oLFg30bYj6k

• Pulse Performance Products recalls Krusher Scooters due to fall hazard: http://htl.li/zY7J30bSIKX

• Osprey recalls 82,000 child backpack carriers for fall hazard: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2017/Osprey-Recalls-Child-

• Douglas recalls dog, bear, and fox plush toys due to choking hazard: http://htl.li/NacM30bO6fW

• Northern Lights Science Kits recalled by Little Passports due to burn hazard: http://htl.li/N9Fd30bJO8c

• The Honest Company recalls wipes due to possible presence of mold. More information here: http://htl.li/eajp30bFXUu