BOERNE, Texas – Hundreds of moms and dads on a money-saving mission are digging for deals at the Just Between Friends mega-consignment sale at the Kendall County Fairgrounds in Boerne.
The semi-annual event continues through Saturday afternoon.
"I have a 5-year-old and a 3-year old, and with two girls, it's so expensive," said Elisa Jankly, who was rifling through the racks of secondhand clothing.
The huge warehouse is brimming in play yards, strollers, books, toys and racks and racks of clothing.
"Anything you need, babies to teens is here," said Jeannie Buller, who runs the local franchise.
Just Between Friends began as a small garage sale and clothing swap in Tulsa. It hit a growth spurt and has turned into a multi-million dollar, multi-state booming business.
Moms like Darcy Seibert sell clothes and toys that their kids have outgrown.
"They take up room in the house, take up room in storage," Seibert said. "You can make a little cash on it and cut your cost of your initial expense on them."
Shoppers like Jankly said they find some good bargains.
"I found some really good Stride-Rite shoes, which are super expensive, for like six bucks," Jankly said.
Consignors price their own items, but they run about 50 to 90 percent off retail.
For example, a cradle swing that is listed for retail online at $160 was offered for $60. An Eddie Bauer stroller and car seat that retails for approximately $240 was tagged for $80.
Besides the savings, Buller said shoppers like the sense of community, organization and opportunity to shop for used items in a safe environment.
"It's hard to do the shopping online and meeting with strangers," Buller said.
On Friday evening, prices on most items will be cut in half. Admission is $10, and doors close at 8:30. On Saturday, the sale runs from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., and admission is free.
Most items that are not sold are donated to foster children.