Look good, spend less! That’s the idea behind Just Between Friends, the region’s leading children’s and maternity consignment event. Hundreds of families sell the new and gently used children’s items their kids have outgrown or never used. Local Mom Dawn Pfannenstiel tells us that families can typically save 50 – 90% off retail!
JBF Indy: Aug. 10-13 at Hamilton County Fairgrounds
Wednesday, Aug. 10th – 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Admission $2)
Thursday, Aug. 11th – 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. (FREE Admission) New Merchandise
Friday, Aug. 12th – 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. (FREE Admission & 25% off items without a star)
Saturday, Aug. 13th – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (FREE Admission & 50% off items without a star)
Saturday, Aug. 13th – 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. (FREE Admission & 75% off items marked to donate and without a star)
Place: Hamilton County Fairgrounds – 2003 Pleasant St. – Noblesville
Helping the community is the main focus of Just Between Friends as local moms and dads participate in this semi-annual event. In addition, JBF gives back to the community, partnering with The Good Samaritan Network of Hamilton County. Thanks to the generosity of the JBF consignors, JBF has already donated more than $20,642 in charitable contributions in 2016 through clothing, toys, books and other items.
Back-to-School shopping is the nation’s second largest shopping event of the year, second only to Christmas. The National Retail Federation estimates the average family will spend more than $630.00 on back-to-school shopping. JBF can help families cut that cost while also helping other families make extra money.
Local families sign up as consignors and JBF helps them “turn clutter into cash”. Families price and tag their own items and JBF does the rest of the work handling the sales. Consignors earn 60 percent of the sales and between 70-75 percent if they volunteer during the event. The average consignor check from the JBF Indy Spring Sale was $400.
Families who shop the event will everything they need for to raise a family, from maternity to teen. Bargains range from clothing and accessories, toys, baby gear, game systems and electronics, books and much more. The event kicks off August 10.
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. In 2015, that same sale hosted two events and grossed nearly 1 million dollars. The sales caught on with families and grew, so in 2003, they formed Just Between Friends Franchise Systems, Inc. Wilburn is now sole owner and CEO of Just Between Friends Franchise Systems, Inc., which has 153 franchises in 29 states and one in Canada. System wide sales in 2015 topped 27 million and they expect to top 30 million in 2016. In May 2016, Just Between Friends was named a top low-cost franchise by CNBC. In June 2016, Forbes Magazine named Just Between Friends a top ten franchise in the United States for the third straight year. JBF was also named one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 500 Franchises in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. In 2012, Just Between Friends was one of only 75 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” for the past 7 years. Wilburn was also named one of Oklahoma’s “50 Women Making a Difference” by Journal Record Newspapers, was awarded 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 The Today Show, Good Morning America, Real Biz with Rebecca Jarvis, Fox News, CBS Early Show, ABC News, CNN, Headline News, Inside Edition and CNBC’s The Big Idea. They have also been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Inc.com as well as many top markets including New York City, Seattle, Denver, Dallas, Houston, San Francisco and Philadelphia and on popular websites Huffington Post, www.yahoo.com, www.sheknows.com and Disney website www.family.com.
Here is a look at what today’s models are wearing:
Adelyn Jahn 6 years old – 1st grade – Adelyn is wearing Hanna Anderson multi-colored floral/striped dress with a sweater and tan with silver gem sandals.
Nolan Jahn 9 years old 4th grade – Nolan is sporting LaBron James basketball shoes, Nike elite socks, grey USA Olympics t-shirt and UA shorts and Nike grey basketball t-shirt and Nike blue shorts.
Clayton Alexander age 5 – Kindergarten – Clayton is showing off his Arizona green polo with old navy plaid shorts and tennis shoes.
• August 10 – 13
• Hamilton County Fairgrounds
To learn more, visit www.northindy.jbfsale.com.