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Consigning is the EASIEST way to turn your unused kids toys, clothing and gear into Cash! Just register, prepare and price your items, and then drop them at the sale. You then earn 60% of their sales, or up to 75% if they help out at the sale, less a $10 consignor fee, which can also be waived if they are helping out at the sale! There is no need to meet buyers, no posting individual items on yard sale websites, and no haggling on prices. You get access to their FREE online tagging and barcode system to price and tag your items. Finally, any unsold items may be picked up by you or will be appropriately distributed to various Lehigh Valley Non-Profit groups through the Donate.Local.Simpleprogram, a great local organization that helps families find uses for their unused clothing and household items.
Free Consignor Training and Tonight's Consignor 101 PJ Party!
JBF is unique in that they offer a FREEconsignor training program. Once you register you will receive a series of emails that walk you through the step-by-step process of how to consign (with videos and pictures!). They also host an active consignor Facebook group that is really helpful too! RSVP for their Consignor 101 PJ Party TONIGHT, join in the fun from the comfort of your home to ask questions and learn about the consignment process!
Maximize Your Sales!
1. Tag large ticket items first! Strollers, baby gear, play equipment and other large things sell very well at the sale and they're easy to tag and sort. Plus having these items set aside makes it easy to begin filtering through your smaller items.
2. Inspect! Check for stains, signs on wear and other imperfections. Shoppers will pay more and buy more often when things look new. Follow Just Between Friends on Facebook for more great tips.
3. Get Organized. Sort your items prior to tagging. JBF's tagging system allows to bulk input so if you are entering items that are all the same size or category entering your tags will take a fraction of the time because their system will automatically apply the same category and size to each item!
Shop before the public on starting at noon on October 7th at the Presale! Grab a Presale pass here! There will be plenty of great deals left during the public shopping hours which start Friday, October 7th at 4 pm. Admission is $3 during public shopping hours but you can get in FREE if you reserve a ticket ahead of time by clicking here, Just register and request your FREE tickets. Shopping hours continue on Saturday an Sunday, October 8th and 9th, is the last day to shop, is 50% off day, where many of our items are reduced to half of their original price!
This event features world class cycling and high energy entertainment for the whole family. Kids under 12 are FREE with an adult!
The Best Day Trip You've (Probably) Never Heard of...
Check out this little known idea for a weekend day trip! The steamy weather ahead is perfect for this adorable little spot!
Get in Touch With Nature!
The Wildlands Conservancy offers some amazing programs throughout the year. This weekend they will be hosting an event at the Trexler Nature Preserve in Schnecksville! Its free and requires no registration, check out the details here.
Shop and Save!
The Clothing Tree is hosting their fall sale in Quakertown this weekend! Shop Friday - Sunday for amazing deals on great gently used kids/baby/teen toys, gear, books, movies, and more!
Sunday is 1/2 Price Day! Click here for more shopping information!
Get Messy and stay Cool at Paint and Party!
Stop by between 4pm and 6pm on Saturday for a family date and Paint! Paint whatever you like they have a canvas for everyone! 6×6′s for $7 up to 16×20′s for $24! Come, pick your canvas size and join them! Paint and Party provides the studio, paint, and inspiration! Click here for more information.
We just began planning a surprise (shhhhh!) trip to Disney World next year with the help of Dana from Small Earth Travel. Dana and I recently chatted about some great ways to save money for a Disney trip and I was shocked by these three super easy ways which we will definitely be taking advantage of!
$200 in FREE money for your trip!
The first is offered by Chase Visa. They have an exclusive offer available only via invitation that allows new applicants to apply for the card. New approved applicants receive a FREE $200 Disney Gift card valid for Disney dining, The Disney Store, Park Tickets, Lodging and more once they spend $500 on the card within 3 months of it opening. We can easily use the card for groceries in our household for 3 months to reach that goal!
Read more details about terms here. There is no restriction on where you spend your $500 nor a time limit on the redemption of your gift card. Thisoffer is limited and only available to 10 applicants - Apply now as these offers can be hard to come by and won't last long!
Whip out that Target Red Card! I mean you use it for everything else anyways right?! Target honors their 5% savings offer when you purchase Disney Gift Cards at Target. Once you book your vacation you you can use your discounted Disney gift cards to pay off the balance of your trip in your My Disney Experience Account.
Use a travel agent! Disney Travel agents (despite common opinion) don't cost the traveler a dime! You get to use their extensive knowledge of the parks, travel patterns, dining options, and much more at no cost to you. Dana from Small Earth Travel will be booking our itinerary, dining reservations, character meets and assisting us with every detail of the trip. Most importantly they have access to Disney discounts that can be retroactively applied to your trip even after it is booked, should any come up that match your travel plans. SAVE BIG!
Small Earth Travel is currently working on a tremendous discount for families to take advantage of if they travel from March, 10-16 2017. Click here for more information on this discount and how to take advantage of it.
Summer is coming to a close quickly but this weekend still is bursting with opportunities to enjoy all the Lehigh Valley has to offer.
You'd think Bethlehem might be in a haze after hosting Muskiest for the past two weeks, but nope! They jump right into VegFest this Saturday (8/20) and this isn't just for vegans/vegetarians. The festival has delicious food, demonstrations, vendors, pet rescues and more. Click here for more information on the festival hours and details.
Catch some rides this weekend at the Lehigh Valley Health Network Muhlenberg Summer Festival. Parking is free and so is admission. Enjoy children's activities, craft exhibits, nightly live music, vendors, Bingo, Bake Sale and more. More information on hours and activities can be found here.
The Roasting Ears of Corn Festival is this Saturday and Sunday at The Museum of Indian Culture. Enjoy Native American Dancing, food, art and more. Click here for information on hours and admission.
Looking for a creative way to cool off without breaking the bank! Check out our list of creeks, streams and lakes. We have more natural water available to us than many people realize! Its fun (most are free!) and makes a great family outing!
This Family Festival features zip lining, a ropes course, Swimming Live Music and optional Bike Courses, 5K and 10K trail runs and Food! Families can participate in the fun by buying a "Fesif Only" pass which grants access to zip lining, rope climbing, swimming and a BBQ lunch! Adventures can check our their bike rides or one of the runs! More information here Day of registration is available!
I saw some local moms chatting about this place a few months back and even though I'm not generally excited by lakes (they usually smell, and have gross stuff in the water) I put it on our list ofplaces to check out this summer. We decided to pack up one morning and make the trip to find out what this place is all about. With packed lunches, towels, sand toys, towels and plenty of water we were on our way. The trip had the (slightly simplified) makings of a full on beach vacation with everything I packed up for the day. The kids were excited and off we went.
Depending on where you're location in or around the Lehigh Valley theres a number of ways to travel here. We opted to take 476 up to the Leighton Exit (Route 209). Its an easy drive, and once you are off the highway its just a short additional 10-15 minutes through the adorable town of Jim Thorpe before you arrive at Mauch Chunk Lake Park. From our location it was just a 39 minute ride!
The Beach area hosts a number of amenities including a full service snack bar with ice cream, Italian ice, snacks, hot foods and more. Bring cash to use at the snack bar if you are thinking of grabbing a snack. In addition is a shaded pavilion with picnic tables, bathrooms, changing areas and water fountains to refill your water bottles with if needed.
We arrived as the park opened up for the day (11AM) and you could see it had been freshly combed and there was no debris or garbage present. The beach is covered in a brownish sand which is not super deep and makes installing a beach umbrella pretty tough (we tried!) The sand is pretty great though for sand castles! I should also note that the water was beautifully clear, had no icky things to climb through before reaching the water and there was no stinky lake smell (I have a super sensitive nose!)
The water was lovely and warm and my kids didn't need any convincing to jump right in and try it out. They we're convinced we were at the beach ;), I didn't try to argue with them.
I highly recommend making a trip of to this adorable little spot. Its well worth the trip and budget friendly too. A family of 5 can easily make the trip for under $30. Its close proximity to much of the Lehigh Valley makes it as easy trip while still feeling like a little get away.
The steamy days of summer are flying by! With only a matter of weeks left before school starts up, time is running out to take advantage of all of the awesome activities available in the Lehigh Valley this Summer! There is still time to book a camp, take a trip or plan a picnic and we can help you check off all of those summer must dos with our summer bucket list!
Just click here (click edit, and then download the file to print!) to get your pre-filled summer bucket list with plenty of great suggestions for memorable summer adventures, there is also a blank one if you'd like to create your own list of special adventures.
gymtiME in Easton is still registering for their summer gymnastic camps! With 2 full weeks available still left and the Summer Olympic games starting soon, it is a pretty perfect time to let your aspiring gymnast check out these camps and try their hand at the sport. We are excited to be offering an exclusive deal for Lehigh Valley Find&GoSeek readers! Click the link here for a great discount on their upcoming camps, summer programs or for fall classes.
Thanks to gymtiME for providing our readers with this awesome promotion!
Active Learning Centers and Lehigh Valley Martial Arts are excited to be celebrating the opening of a brand new facility in Palmer Township with a FREE Summer Festival! On July 30th enjoy face painting, games, prizes, crafts, a photo booth, bounce house, food, a 60 foot slip and slide and more at The Shops at Northwood Corner. You can read more about the festival and what will be going on here, RSVP to their Facebook event for more details.
Congratulations to these two local kid friendly businesses on expanding into the Eastern portion of the Lehigh Valley. Lehigh Valley Martial Arts and Active Learning Centers are local partners in bringing the best of Martial Arts and Child Care using 5 shared locations in the Lehigh Valley.
Have you Found Waldo Yet?
Where's Waldo Emmaus is going strong this summer and time is running out to find him and earn your chances at some pretty awesome prizes at grand celebration on July 31st! You can easily print your Where's Waldo Passport here. You can collect 5, 10 or all 25! either way its a ton of fun! Read about the GrandCelebrationhere and save the date!
5 Great Local Day Trips!
We've been busy trekking all over the valley and checking out some fansatic day trip ideas for everyone! Even after having this amazing job for over 3 years I'm still shocked by the new treasures and hidden gems I continue to discover week after week! Our youngest is now 14 months and thay meants I am finally out of the exhausted haze that comes with having a newborn. We've taken on so much more this summer with trips, treks and mini travels. Here's a quick run down of some great local-ish day trips that you can of on one tank of gas and without an overnight!
Upcoming Miss. Chickadee's Picks
Check out our ever growing event calendar every day this summer for something new! We are always adding fun new activities for the whole family! You can find something for daytime, evening, weekdays or weekends! Here are a few upcoming picks!