“Just Between Friends is honored that we have been able to help families make ends meet without sacrificing quality. We have seen a big increase in families participating since 2008." - Shannon Wilburn, Just Between Friends
Tulsa, Okla (PRWEB) December 31, 2012
As the holidays wind down, many families find themselves with extra clutter on hand, including toys and other items their families have outgrown. Instead of throwing or giving them away,Just Between Friends Children’s Consignment Event can help families turn that clutter into cash.
Just Between Friends has 128 franchises in 25 states run by local families. They are preparing for their spring sales’ events and accepting consignors who want to make extra cash by selling the new and gently used children’s and maternity items that their families have outgrown. .
“Just Between Friends is honored that we have been able to help families make ends meet without sacrificing quality. We have seen a big increase in families participating since 2008, so much so that we have doubled in size since then and sales have increased an average of 30 percent each year. What is great is that most of that money goes back into the pockets of the local families who consign at our sales events,” explained Shannon Wilburn, Co-Founder and CEO of Just Between Friends Franchise Systems, Inc.
They help families make extra cash by offering an easy way to earn extra money. To help maximize that, Wilburn offers what she call the “Three C’s of Consignment” when preparing items to sell.
Make sure the items are:
- Clean – washing clothing and toys can help improve the appearance and make them easier to sell
- Complete – make sure toys have all parts and are working.
- Current – if items are in style there is a better chance they will sell
Consignors can sell items all year round but large outdoor playhouses, outdoor toys and swim items.sell best in the spring. Clothing should be seasonal, in good condition with no rips or tears, clean and smelling fresh.
“If you want to make the most money at a consignment sales event you should set a goal to tag at least 100 items. When pricing, a good rule of thumb is to price it on ehalf to one third of the original price,” explained Wilburn.
JBF offers this formula to help consignors determine how much they can make per hour. It can vary depending on the individual sale’s fees.
- It takes about 3 hours to tag and prep 100 items
- If the average price is $7.00 per item that is $700.00 in merchandise
- If the consignor sells half of their merchandise then that is $350.00
- JBF consignors earn between 60% & 70 %
- The consignor would make about $230.00
- That comes out to an average of $73.00 per hour
About Just Between Friends
In 1997, Just Between Friends was created in a living room in Tulsa, Oklahoma when Shannon Wilburn, a mother of two young children, and her friend Daven Tackett hosted a sale with 17 friends as consignors and had gross sales of $2000. That same sale in Tulsa topped 1.3 million in 2012. The consignment sales caught on with families and grew so in 2003, they formed Just Between Friends Franchise Systems, Inc. Wilburn is now sole owner of Just Between Friends Franchise Systems, Inc., which has 128 franchises in 25 states. The company projects that gross sales in 2012 will top 20 million dollars. Just Between Friends has been on the Inc. Magazine 5000 list of fastest growing companies the past four years and was named one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 500 Franchises. In 2012, Just Between Friends was one of only 25 companies to receive the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Blue Ribbon Award. Just Between Friends Franchise Systems Inc. also received a “Franchisee Satisfaction Award” and was named in the Top 50 franchises by “Franchise Business Review”. Wilburn was previously named the Small Business Administration’s “Women in Business Champion” for Tulsa and was part of the Tulsa Business Journal’s 40 under 40. JBF has been featured on numerous national television shows including CBS Early Show, ABC News, Good Morning America, CNN, Headline News, Fox News, Inside Edition and CNBC’s The Big Idea. They have also been featured in many top markets including Seattle, Denver, Dallas, Houston, San Francisco and Philadelphia as well popular websites http://www.yahoo.com, http://www.sheknows.com and Disney website http://www.family.com.