Just Between Friends Franchise Systems Inc. Sells Its 100th Franchise

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The Nation’s Largest Consignment Event Hits a Milestone as a Recession Proof Business

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Many of our new franchise owners are women who have left the corporate world and see JBF as a great business opportunity. Others are families who are opening a franchise as an investment in their future.

Just Between Friends (JBF) , the nation’s leading maternity and children’s consignment sales event, is pleased to announce it has sold its 100th franchise in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The company has expanded to 22 states as moms across the country are embracing the consignment concept during this recession.

"At the beginning of 2009, we had 72 franchises across the country. We have grown by 38 percent this year and we believe much of that growth is due to the recession as more families across the country search for ways to save money and earn money. Just Between Friends provides families a way to do both – with our spring and fall consignment events,” explains Shannon Wilburn , President and Co-Founder of Just Between Friends Franchise Systems, Inc., "Many of our new franchise owners are women who have left the corporate world and see JBF as a great business opportunity. Others are families who are opening a franchise as an investment in their future,” adds Wilburn.

Just Between Friends Franchises are also experiencing a strong increase in sales – with an average increase of 30 percent, as families across the U.S. search for ways to save money. It is part of a national trend. The National Association of Resale Shops reports that sales at consignment and second hand shops are up 30 percent nationwide.

"Consigning makes sense in this economy and helps families across the U.S.” said Daven Tackett , Vice President and Co-Founder of JBF and mother of two teen daughters, "Even higher income families are looking for ways to save during these uncertain times. Just Between Friends also offers tens of thousands of families the opportunity to earn money, by signing up as consignors at our community events – and selling new and gently used items.”

Just Between Friends franchise owners have 2 or 3 big sales events a year – one in the fall and one in the spring. Local families sign up as consignors and sell their new and gently used children’s and maternity items. Consignors set prices for their own items and earn up to 75 percent of the sales while the local franchise owners provide the venue and promote the sale. Consignors receive their check within two weeks of the event. In 2008, gross sales across the country topped 6.8 million and in 2009, sales topped 11 million dollars.

Just Between Friends was founded in 1997 in a living room in Tulsa, Oklahoma when President Shannon Wilburn was a mom of two young children. She and her friend Daven Tackett hosted a sale, invited 20 friends to be consignors and promoted it in their neighborhood. Their gross sales were about $2000. The idea caught on and grew each season in Tulsa. In 2003, they formed Just Between Friends Franchise Systems, Inc. and began selling franchises. As of December 16, 2009, they have 100 franchises in 22 states with 10 more under development. They have received national attention on several national television shows including ABC News, Good Morning America, CNN, Headline News, Inside Edition and CNBC’s The Big Idea. They have also been featured in The Seattle Times, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Sacramento Bee, LA Times, Daily Oklahoman and broadcast outlets in dozens of cities across the country including Dallas, Houston, Minneapolis, Denver and Seattle.

For more information on Just Between Friends, visit http://www.jbfsale.com or contact Diane White at 918-794-3555 or by email at DianeWhite(at)jbfsale(dot)com.

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