Second hand shopping is becoming more popular with West Michigan families. The "Just Between Friends" resale event, going on September 13 to 15, gives parents a chance to shop hundreds of items at up to 90% off.
Parent, Jamie Lawless, has been shopping the event for the past three years.
Lawless said, "For the prices, you really can’t beat it.”
The timing of the resale event could not be any better for her. Lawless has a three year-old daughter and is expecting a baby.
"I'm looking for winter stuff for her and stuff for the new baby for winter,” said Lawless.
She admits, shopping second-hand was not something she saw herself doing. But for many families, with the price of gas and food going up, getting a deal makes sense.
"Just Between Friends" gives parents the chance to sell their gently-used children's items, and save on hundreds of other items. Organizers believe it will be a record year, with over 200 cosigners and a packed house within just the first hour of opening.
"We can tell the turnout is great because we ran out of Ikea shopping bags," said event coordinator, Jennifer Kok. "You’re seeing a need.”
The latest unemployment numbers reveal the rate slowly trickling down to 8.1%, which is mostly due to people who have stopped looking for jobs. But, parents should not feel that they have to sacrifice safety and quality.
"Like going to a garage sale, you don’t know what happened to the item," said Lawless. "Here, they inspect everything so you know it’s safe and really nice.”
From Halloween costumes to Christmas gift ideas, shopping the resale makes sense to many people.
All items will be half-off on Saturday. Unsold items will be donated to local non-profit organizations.