HOUSTON - Having a baby can be expensive, but there's help.
Just Between Friends is a group sweeping the nation with sales of used baby items.
The group specializes in clothing and other items that your child will typically use only once or for just a short time, like holiday dresses and suits for family portraits. One recent sale had fancy Halloween costumes for $15.
"Just Between Friends's philosophy is why pay for brand new items that you'll only use once or twice," said JBF franchise sale owner, Holly Psifidis.
JBF closely inspects all used items. They also sell toys, books, stuffed animals, shoes and maternity items.
Moms and dads of young children can save 65 to 75 percent by shopping one of the travelling sales which only take place in certain cities at certain times.
You can also make extra money by selling barely used children's items at one of the JBF sales. All you have to do is enter in a consignment agreement with organizers. The seller gets 65 percent if the item sells and JBF gets 35 percent.
To register as a consignment seller, log onto the JBF website.? Unsold items are donated to needy women and children or the seller can opt to reclaim them.
"It's just a really well organized system of getting some money back for your items," said Psifidis.? "Who doesn't want to get a quick check in the mail and earn some money back and be able to afford new clothes and Christmas gifts and things like that for their family?"?
There are four JBF, Just Between Friends, sales coming up in Houston.?
One is in The Woodlands at the Lone Star Convention Center on FM 1484. It will be held October 7 through 10.
Another sale is at Sky Banquet Hall in West Oaks Plaza on Highway 6 South on October 16 and 17.If you live in the Sugar Land area, listen up. A third sale will be held at Parkway United Methodist Church on New Territory on October 23 and 24.
The fourth Just Between Friends Sale is at Champion Forest Baptist Church on Stuebner-Airline November 11 through November 14.
Individual JBF sales are organized by franchise owners.? .