How to Price Your Items for Consignment

The Just Between Friends Oaks sale is a WEEK away!  

This is seriously the BIGGEST sale in the country.  I love Tracy (the owner) and what she does for families.  JBF (short for Just Between Friends) is a fantastic way families can sell their loved toys & kids clothing and turn it into cash!  

As a 4 time consigner, I gotta tell ya.  I cheat.  Big time. lol 

I use a valet to price my products because I just don't have the brainpower to pull it off myself.  Or the patience for that matter!  Motherhood is a tough job and I give major KUDOS and hats off to the women who nail this consignment sale!  

The #JBFPhilly sale is insanity.  Built into a week of AWESOME!  The best part when I shot at JBF is being apart of the presale.  I LOVE being one of the first to shop!  The amount of stuff surrounding the expo center (Philly Expo Center) is off the hook! 

So, when you are doing your last minute tagging - remember that there is an art to selling your stuff.  You have to price it right or you'll just get passed by!  Tracy & her crew with JBF have a great resource sheet with how to price your items here.

The guide is to help you figure out how to price your items - but there are some key things to keep in mind when pricing:

  • This is an UPSCALE resale event!  They only except good items, free of stain, holes, etc.
  • All items should be priced 1/4 -1/3 of retail, with nothing priced over 1/2 of retail, even if it's brand new. Staying within this pricing "sweet spot" will help you sell the most items during the event! • We highly recommend you DO allow your items to reduce on discount days! This means more money in your pocket, happier shoppers and less to bring home
  • Items that are NEW or in GREAT shape can be priced around 30% of original retail price.
  • We highly recommend you DO allow your items to reduce on discount days! This means more money in your pocket, happier shoppers and less to bring home!
  • Ask yourself "How much would I pay for this item on sale?"

 

Ok, so tomorrow I've got the goods on what they accept at JBF Oaks sale happening next week!

#JBFPHILLY DETAILS:

Drop off on Monday 5p-9p

Tuesday - all day drop off

Wednesday am - presale baby!  

Friday - great time to shop  - usually no lines!

Visit westernmainline.jbfsale.com for more details!

NINE YEARS OF WEDDED BLISS

Life Anniversaries

March 3, 2007 was one of the biggest days in my life.  I remember that part of my life so well.  It’s everything 'AC' that threw me for a loop.  But that day in and of itself?  It was the most beautiful day of my life. 

This blog came about after I had kids.  Affectionately what I call ‘AC’ - ‘after children’.  I often wonder what I would have blogged about before when I didn’t have kids?  I’d probably have blogged about fashion, travel & how to spend money like a 20 year old. HA!  But as I am about to embark on a whole new era in my life - today is the perfect day to reflect upon that.  Today is the day that I really sealed the deal with my baby daddy. 

Yes.  Nine years ago I got married, TODAY!  On the beach where we were dropped off by a giant conch train I remember walking up that big sand dune in that incredible dress.  I wore this petticoat that was falling off under my dress and 10 minutes in I was already wanting to strip the clothes off!  It was SOOOO HOT!  In fact, I think after the ceremony, I took it off!  ha. The PETTICOAT that is.  (Get your heads out the gutter, ya'all! lol)

JOEY-FORTMAN-WEDDING

I remember standing in front of everyone and turning around and looking around at the atmosphere of where we were.  Here I was, 29 years old standing on the beach surrounded by 60+ friends and family.  On a small island named Key West.  Funny, I’m sitting outside enjoying the silence on this little island named North Captiva as my family is wild inside the house.  I’m sitting on the deck listening to them get crazy inside. AT 7AM!! And honestly, I wouldn’t spend my anniversary any other way. 

It actually kind of worked out.  We were suppose to come to North Captiva the beginning of February to get away and well… the 30+ inches of snow that we got at that time totally grounded us.  All of our flights were cancelled and we were stuck in the frozen tundra.  I actually recommended to my husband that we push our trip till the end of the month so we can enjoy the entire stay.  We would have only gotten a couple days.  I’m so glad we did.  

THIS WAS WHERE I WAS ABOUT TO STRIP OFF THE PETTICOAT! LOL

THIS WAS WHERE I WAS ABOUT TO STRIP OFF THE PETTICOAT! LOL

Cause now as I sit here listening to the sounds of the ocean in front of me and the sounds of my two boys wrestling behind me?  I wouldn’t want it any other way…. Ha!  Truthfully though.  I love my kids.  And the people that were at my wedding?  Sadly, we aren’t even friends anymore.  It's not that anything happened...we just grew apart.  The people at our wedding were friends and family from that era in our life.  Moving to Philadelphia in June 2007 really turned our life upside down.  I remember in the beginning I was really hurt when no one visited.  Now?  We just moved on.  We get some visitors a couple times a year - but Matt and I really were forced to learn to live again. 

Ya know…. some people have a very hard time with change.  They stress when their lives change dramatically.  Big moves, babies, death...new jobs.  Changes aren't fun for everyone.  I actually welcomed change for many years.  Mainly because I felt I was in control of my destiny.  Little did I know, it was a lot of luck - and a lot of being in the right place at the right time!  I know I did after having kids.  It wasn’t the having kids part-it was the creation of my oldest and what it did to my mind and mental health that was what I struggled with. I mean, change to me was a given.  I lived in Kentucky, Illinois, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Virginia, Tennessee…..all of those places.  Sometimes TWICE and they never affected me the way having kids did.  Actually, I think they did.  I remember getting gloomy and sad with each change - but I remember bouncing right back into life quickly.  

Here I am…. fast forward 9 years and I’m living a life that I can only dream of.  If you were to ask my 20 year old self where I thought I would be in almost 20 years....living in Philadelphia as a business owner, not on the radio, Mom 2 two boys a dog named Rocky in PHILLY?  Ya know.  If I would have told my 29 year old self that I will have traveled all over, seen incredible things, met incredible people while married to an incredible man?  All of it I would have welcomed…but Philly?  Eh.  That one slipped through the cracks on me. HAHA.  

I guess what I have to tell you know comes really as no surprise. 

THIS WAS OUR 'HONEYMOON' ARRIVAL IN KEY LARGO.  COULD I HAVE BEEN ANY CUTER OR ANY HAPPIER?

THIS WAS OUR 'HONEYMOON' ARRIVAL IN KEY LARGO.  COULD I HAVE BEEN ANY CUTER OR ANY HAPPIER?

I owe it all (including the move to Philly! hahaha) to this 40+ year old guy who walked into the bar I was bartending at and told me he OWNED a radio station. The guy who would not leave the bar until I gave him my number.  The guy who called me when I was trying to make it on the air in Chicago and giving me more than he’ll ever understand.  He use to call me and say things like, “Joey, people don’t just up and move to Chicago and get on the radio like this!”  He was this short, arrogant, North Shore of Chicago guy who was obsessed with the Cubs. He was persistent, motivated, confident and knew what he wanted.  Annoying at times but so unabashedly honest that it was refreshing.  

He wanted ME.  This little old country girl from southern Illinois.  He wanted his kids to have blue eyes.  (He told me that when we got engaged in front of the Alamo.)  He wanted to grow old with me.  And he loved me in a cowboy hat. 

I wonder if he had a clue that I would lose my sh*t after having babies. ha.  No.  I don’t think he even had a clue that we would live the first 10 years of our married life in Philadelphia either.  But I guess he knew that I was the one for him.  

Nine years ago, today…..I hopped on a conch train and met this man on Smather’s Beach in Key West with 60+ of our closest friends and family.  We poured two colored sands together in a vase announcing our unity as one.  We laughed and enjoyed the sunset cruise on a million dollar catamaran in the ocean while my dad noshed on more shrimp than any man can handle. hahaha.  I’ll never forget how much my dad loved the food there.  He loved everything there.  

Maybe for my 10 year anniversary - we do it all again. 

But until then….today I will bask in not just the Florida sun…but also in the love of a man. A man who works harder than any one human being I have ever met.  A man that wants nothing more than for his wife to be happy.  A man that allows me to truly be who I really am and not what everyone else wants me to be.  A man who tells me that when I walk into a room…everyone notices. A man who not only gave me an incredible, fruitful life filled with experiences that only a small-town, poor, country girl can dream of. A man who believes in everything I do.  A man who doesn’t stop until he gets what he wants.  

And that night in River Shannon in Chicago?  A man who stole my heart for life. 

US ON OUR HONEYMOON.  I MADE THOSE SILLY SHIRTS.  BUT WORE THEM WITH PRIDE!

US ON OUR HONEYMOON.  I MADE THOSE SILLY SHIRTS.  BUT WORE THEM WITH PRIDE!

I love you Matty.  Thank you for all the things you have given me in this life.  From our babies, down to the incredible sense of serenity we feel in North Captiva.  All of these things come from your heart.  I know that years 3-5 wasn't ideal for either of us.  But we made it to the other side.  When I was sick, it was the scariest thing in the world.  But you never stopped believing in me.

  These next 10 years are going to be incredible.  For sure the best yet.  

MY NEXT 10 YEARS PREDICTIONS:

*We have two teenage boys.

*We visit 10 new places with our kids. 

*Best shape of my life (PLEASE?!?!?! lol)

*We give of ourselves more to help others. 

*We visit family more.

*We celebrate 15 & 20 years of marriage. 

*I learn to cook better. 

*We travel more. 

*We smile more. 

*We laugh more.

Happy Anniversary to my dear love, Matt.

joey fortman

Putting the TMI in Motherhood with #RealMomProblems from funny & fantastic to everything in between! Joey Fortman has been seen on Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends and more!

WIN IT: Game Day Traditions

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Hey friends!

Here's the deal - whoever gives the most 'love' on either of these two videos will win $50 Gift Certificate to WalMart!  

Let me preface - it was not a pretty 1st run for my family in the live pre-game.  ha.  Chaos is an understatement.  But the reality of it is - CHAOS IS MY LIFE ON GAME DAY AND EVERY DAY!!!  

So after we did the video I had a little convo with the fam and the 2nd time around they were very good listeners.  Yeah.  It was THAT TOUGH!  I often wonder how a large family really nails out the live family videos too.  

Ok, get tapping on that screen and lets rock the hearts!

AND TAKE TWO:

ENTER A VERY COMPLIANT FAMILY. AHEM. MINE! lol

Oh and be sure to visit #GameDayTraditions with WalMart for some more game day fun!

 

*This is a sponsored post.  My family thanks you for your contribution to our lives!

Megabus Making a Difference in NYC #BeTheEnd

megabus in NYC
megabus pink

This week I headed up to NYC to hang out with Megabus and LOVED it!

You see, every brand talks about Breast Cancer in October but Megabus brought it to the forefront in January by wrapping a bus and treating a group of survivors and their friends and family to a day in the city which included a stop of a viewing of The View at ABC studios!

I left my house at 4am to catch the 6:30 ride and loved every second!  I got there and hung out with women and really enjoyed hearing their story.  The bus ROCKED on the inside and out!  (Um, the Megabus I was on has a GIANT sunroof!  LOVED that!)

On Tuesday, every person who bought any rides with Megabus and their 100+ locations around the country, they donated $1 to Breast Cancer Research Foundation!  I heard they have an average day of 22,000 people buying bus tickets!  Check out Megabus and be sure to let them know on social that you love what you're doing! 

And... go watch my videos live from Periscope now on Katch.me.  I have a collection from my ride in NYC.  

Thanks Megabus for making a difference!