TULSA - More than 3,000 people shopped for discounted clothing and other items on the first day of the massive sale hosted by Just Between Friends in Tulsa.
Just Between Friends started 17 years ago by Daven Tackett and her friend. They have now recruited more than 1,500 families to consign and sell new or gently used items that their children have outgrown.
Organizers said the sale this time featured more than 200,000 items.
Hours before the doors opened Sunday afternoon, a long line formed outside the Exchange Center Building at Expo Square. Families said they came early to get inside and find the best deals on everything from back-to-school shopping and much more.
Organizers said many of the items are marked down 75 to 80 percent from the original purchase price. Brandi Czerniewski of Bartlesville said the discounts prevent her family from having to buy expensive clothing that her young daughter will only outgrow.
She and her husband brought a wagon to the sale Sunday after carrying around two large bags of clothes at the last event.
"It was probably the equivalent of what you'd spend like $600 for at a normal department store," she said.
Parents said they are trying to find savings wherever they can right now. The National Retail Federation forecasted that families would spend more than $600 per child on back-to-school shopping this year.
Shanna Galbreath said she wanted to avoid paying too much, so she skipped a trip to the mall and instead went to the Just Between Friends sale.
"I thought it would be a good opportunity to get some clothes fairly cheap (and) probably pretty good quality as well," said Galbreath whose five-year-old daughter starts kindergarten next week.
The Just Between Friends sale runs from August 17 to August 23. To see the schedule and learn more information, click this link .