PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Fall can get really expensive for families with back to school shopping, new sports equipment, then Halloween, not to mention Christmas!

But there’s a way you can save money on all of these things and make money, too.

It’s the “Just Between Friends” consignment events. This huge sale of all things kids, baby and maternity happens every fall and spring.

For the first time, it’s going to be at the David Lawrence Convention Center in Downtown Pittsburgh, coming up Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, and you still have time to sell your stuff.

The incentive is big. Sellers make 50 percent to 70 percent of everything they sell. That includes everything from kids’ clothes to toys, baby gear to sports equipment, bikes to kid kitchens.


Rachael Mazzoni, from Allison Park, has been selling her daughters’ things for three years now.

“I had almost 400 items in the fall sale, and I earned some $600,” she said.

Valerie D’Alessandro, from Monroeville, says she generally makes $200 to $400 at each sale, but it’s not unusual for someone to have a $1,000 check.

One of those big sellers is Deb Vojtash of Coroapolis.

“Once I got into the tagging program, I just kept going, searching for things in the house. ‘What can I sell? What can I sell?’ And when you get that check, it’s great!” Vojtash says.

It’s easy to do but JBF is particular about how it’s done. For example, the clothes need to be hung a certain way on the hangers and the tags need to face a certain side.

Once your items are cleaned, prepped and hung, you create the tags in the computer program, deciding the price and writing a description. Then, you print the tags on white cardstock, cut out the tags and attach them with a pin or tagging gun.

For an idea of prices — a pair of soccer cleats are $5.50. A DVD of the Disney movie “Enchanted” is $4. A boy’s bike with the helmet included is $16, and a size 6 boys’ Puma track suit is $10.

At this fall sale at the Convention Center, you’ll find not only the basics but also winter jackets, Halloween costumes, backpacks and discounted new toys that make great Christmas gifts. If you’re selling your stuff, not only are you making money, you’re also helping the environment and your neighbors.

“It’s nice that they’re not just getting put in a box and sent off to Goodwill. I’m actually getting some money back for them and someone else is getting use out of them,” D’Alessandro says.

If you want to sell your things at this fall sale at the Convention Center, you should go online to the JBF website soon and get started because it does take some time, especially the first time because you’ll need to gather a few supplies.

You get 60 percent of the price of your items, or you earn 70 percent by volunteering at the sale.

And if you don’t have time to do the tagging yourself, there’s a “valet tagging” program where you earn 50 percent of the price of your sales, but someone else does the tagging for you.

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Kristine Sorensen