Just Between Friends, Apparel, Accessories, Baby Clothes
"People ask us all the time how we are able to continue growing at our current pace. Honestly, I think it is several things," said Liebl. "Certainly the economy has had a tremendous impact on our expansion. We are one of the few business types that have positively thrived in a downward market. Additionally, more than ever, people feel good about repurposing their items. In addition to people trying to stretch their budgets, shopping consignment has gone main stream! People see it as a way to not only further their dollars, but also purchase children's items that otherwise could end up in landfill. Consignment shopping is not only fun, it's a responsible thing to do," remarked Liebl.
"One of the things we are particularly proud of at JBF North Houston is our strong partnerships with area charities," Liebl stated. A portion of our proceeds as well as surplus merchandise from our sales benefit our partner charities, Spaulding for Children Foster Care and Cypress Assistance Ministries. Our consignors love that when they consign their gently used clothing and toys they are not only making money, they are also helping to better our community through these worthwhile organizations.
"A savings of 50-90% off retail is enough to make a huge difference in a family budget whether our shoppers are moms-to-be, foster parents, grandparents, or single dads. It is truly is a sale where everyone wins - our consignors as they sell their items, our shoppers as they enjoy remarkable savings, and our community as our partner charities receive a portion of our proceeds and surplus merchandise," she said.
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. The 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 124 franchises in 24 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". In 2010, Wilburn was 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.