Just Between Friends Franchise System Expanding Programs to Promote Safe Secondhand and Consignment Shopping
Just Between Friends is working with national safety groups to educate families across the country about recalls to help reduce the number of recalled products available in the secondhand market.
Tulsa, Okla. (PRWEB) February 27, 2013 - Just Between Friends (JBF), the nation’s leading children’s and maternity consignment event, is expanding its efforts to educate families nationwide about safe shopping at consignment events and second hand stores. As the company gears up for more than 125 spring consignment events, they are focusing again on safety first.
While Just Between Friends strives to help families save money, their top priority is safety. The company has a safety and recall specialist who tracks all recalls and product information. Kami Snowbarger is a nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technician with Safe Kids and attended the 2012 Safety Academy at the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Snowbarger works closely with the Just Between Friends franchisees across the country to educate their 500,000 shoppers and consignors about recalled items and unsafe products. Each year, the CPSC recalls hundreds of toys and other baby and child related items. JBF works diligently to track all recalls and share the information.
“At Just Between Friends, we are families selling to other families. While our events help families across the country save money by buying gently used items, we never want to sacrifice safety for savings. That is why we are constantly looking for ways to provide the latest information to our franchise owners, our shoppers and consignors,” explained Just Between Friends Franchise Systems CEO, Shannon Wilburn.
Just Between Friends recently formed a partnership with Kids in Danger, to share its information about recalls and unsafe products. JBF sends a monthly newsletter via email, posts it online and on their Facebook page. During the actual sales events, they inspect the items that come in and review recent recall lists. They also closely inspect car seats and cribs at every sale. Just Between Friends was the first nationwide resell group to voluntarily stop selling drop-side cribs before the new crib standards were passed and worked closely with the CPSC to educate parents about crib safety.
Safety and Recall Specialist Kami Snowbarger is available for interviews and is a great resource on product safety and shopping second hand. CEO Shannon Wilburn is also available for interviews. We can also find families for interviews, photos and video.
About Just Between Friends
Just Between Friends was created in 1997 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 grossed $2000 in sales. The event caught on and quickly grew each season and in 2003 they formed Just Between Friends Franchise Systems, Inc. Wilburn is now sole owner and CEO of the franchise system which currently has 128 franchises in 25 states and in 2013 they are projected to top $25 million in gross sales. Just Between Friends (JBF) has made Inc. Magazine’s list of the 5000 fastest growing companies for the past four years and was named one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 500 Franchises. In 2012, Just Between Friends was one of only 75 companies nationwide 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 listed in the Top 50 Franchises by “Franchise Business Review”. In 2010, Wilburn had the honor of being named the Small Business Administration’s Regional “Women in Business Champion”. JBF has been featured on numerous national television shows including CBS Early Show, ABC News, Good Morning America, Fox News, CNN, Headline News, Inside Edition and CNBC’s The Big Idea. They have also been featured in news stories in many top-tier markets including Seattle, Denver, Dallas, Houston, San Francisco and Philadelphia as well as in The Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times, Wall Street Journal and on popular websites http://www.yahoo.com, http://www.inc.com, http://www.sheknows.com and Disney website http://www.family.com.
Diane White Public Relations
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