Quality Counts – Halloween Costumes

 Our JBF Fall Sale is perfect timing to reduce the inventory of your Halloween costumes. It’s time to let another doodle bug twirl like a princess or swashbuckle like a pirate!

Costumes are in HIGH demand at our Fall sale- and we want every little trick or treater to feel confident and happy in their costume. Please take close look at each of the layers, pieces, parts or supplies that complete your costume. No stains, missing pieces, cracked masks, ripped toule, broken swords, etc…..get Halloween off to a sweet start – and leave the “surprise, you get a stain!” item for the dress up bin or our donation bin!

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Quality Counts – Bedding

We’re hoping you’re on your way to tagging some great stuff.

And we hope you’re really taking a hard look at the quality of your items – beyond clothes and shoes, too!

Today’s post is about bedding. This is such a cute little sleeping bag. Any Doc McStuffins fan would love….

…until it gets unrolled and you find a snag on her eyebrow and her hairband. What a bummer!

This is one of the ways your bedding needs to be inspected….snags and rips. Holes, stains, tears, etc all need to be  donated. In the Image can still use this, so feel free to bring it down to the sale, marked for the donate bin, and it’s still a win-win for all!

Quality Counts – Shoes, Part 2

So either Godzilla came in my house, or my son’s feet have grown another shoe size in the last six weeks. I’m really looking forward to the JBF sale coming up, his poor toes are in dire straits!

So I am going through and grabbing a few pairs of shoes that are still in great condition and I could sell. Sell some, buy some. #MomForTheWin!


Look at that happy face! Barely any scuff whatsoever. I’m thinking these are in great condition.


Mayday, Mayday! This is where your attention to detail and your commitment to the quality of your items counts.

Yes, the Pinterest hack works. A bread clip does keep the flip-flop in use. But it is not appropriate for a JBF sale. We need you to check not only the tops which look cute, but the bottoms as well. Remember this for flip-flops, gym shoes, boots, sandals, etc.

We are going from a good sale to a great sale, and your commitment to quality gets us there!

Happy Tagging!

Quality Counts – Part 4 – Shoes

So I found these boots the other day in my daughters closet. They are not the right size, and I thought they would be a perfect fit for the sale. I tossed them over to the basket where I continue to collect my items over the course of a week or two before I tag. In the toss, something caught my eye…


Those cute little purple boots… Rain boots no less… Had a gash on the upper bridge. The little girl who would get these next would have wet feet in a matter of minutes.

She would be frustrated, her mother would be frustrated. This is the kind of quality we want to ensure especially if a parent or other loved one is buying an item at one of the sales for use later in the year. How frustrating to find a crack in a rain boot two months after you’ve purchased it?!

So please add this to your quality check on your shoes. We will do more quality posts around shoes, so stay tuned. But boots are a place to check to ensure that if they are designed to keep snow or rain out, that they will do that!

Here is to happy feet!

Quality Counts – Part 3 – Zippers

Zippers… Frustrating for toddlers, annoying for teenagers, and back to frustrating again for adults when they are broken!

Here’s an example of a zipper that actually still zips, but you can tell that it is broken, as it is missing the toggle. Items like this are perfect for donation, but we kindly ask that if the zipper is not complete, either repair it completely in order to sell the item at the sale, or donate the item. 

Why? The zipper still works!

True, it does zip. However, as many of our shoppers are quickly looking for bargains in a shopping frenzy, they are counting on you to ensure that the item is in full working order. Broken zippers that don’t zip are obvious. However zippers that are half broken, or do not function the way they were originally made, fall into this quality category that we count on you to help us enforce.

Thanks for helping us keep the quality at our sales very high!

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!

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!