Three-year-old Brantley Neatherlin, of Belton, plays with the remaining toys section while his mother shops for baby clothes during a Just Between Friends sale Saturday at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton.

BELTON — Items were moving well Saturday for the Just Between Friends of Bell County spring sale at the Bell County Expo Center.

Just Between Friends is one of the nation’s leading consignment businesses of children and maternity items, said Theresa Spaulding, of Apple Valley, Calif. She and Nicole Euting, of Belton, are co-owners of the Bell County franchise. They have been holding the sale twice a year for five years.

“We basically help families recoup some of their money,” Spaulding said.

“Consignees have the option of donating any unsold items to our charity, which is Helping Hands of Bell County,” she said. “For us it’s not just about selling the merchandise, but about helping families financially, because children are expensive.”

The business also is interested in improving people’s way of life, she said. “We do safety recall checks, to make sure nothing that goes out on our floor has been recalled.”

On Thursday, they had a presale for the franchise’s helpers and consignees. They also had a presale that evening, for military families, first-time moms, teachers, foster parents and the media. She said they sold 22 tables of merchandise that day.

On Friday, they were open to the public at the regular price. One of the quickest items to go was a large children’s play skate. “It went for $25 — a steal,” she said. They also sold a lot of highchairs, toddler beds and children’s toys.

“We’re always looking for more boys’ clothing,” she said.

Chelsie Stoffer, of Harker Heights, was shopping for her 5-month-old daughter, Delia. She was accompanied by her friend, Ashley Dely of Killeen.

“We’re looking for good deals,” Stoffer said. “We like to spend too much money on our kids.” She said Delia was just getting into toys, so she was trying to find out what she likes. Her friend said she comes to the sale every year.

The next Just Between Friends sale in Bell County is Oct. 10-11.

She had picked up some clothes and a toy she was debating on for her 23-month-old daughter, Aiyana.

Terry and Sallie Western, of Killeen, had their two children along, Mikayla, 6, and Kaden, 3½ months. Terry Western is a sergeant at Fort Hood, so they were able to come to the pre-sale.

“It was really good,” she said. “They had lots of big-ticket items that kids would really need.”

That included a baby exersaucer and nursery furniture, she said. “We’ve been able to stock up on clothes. It also helped us gain some money back, because we have consigned clothes.”

Spaulding said that for some of the bigger Just Between Friends franchises, it’s their full-time job. The original franchise, in Oklahoma, has been going for at least 10 years. It’s so large that it goes for two weeks twice a year, she said. The next Just Between Friends sale in Bell County is Oct. 10-11.

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