School bells will ring and parents will sing! Back-to-school is coming up but it can be costly. A father-daughter duo in Tucson has done their homework and is helping families’ gear up for the new school year – at a fraction of retail prices. Just Between Friends of Tucson is getting ready for its upcoming event July 24-26 at the Tucson Convention Center.
Back-to-school shopping is the nation’s second largest shopping event of the year, second only to Christmas. The National Retail Federation estimate more than $83 billion is spent on back to school every year. Each family averages close to $700 on back-to-school at retail prices, but at JBF, families can find all they need at 50 – 90 percent off retail prices – while helping other families make money.
Families will find everything they need to raise a family, from maternity to teen. Bargains range from clothing, toys, electronics, books, baby equipment, furniture and much more.
JBF Tucson helps families “turn clutter into cash” as a consignor. Families price and tag their own items using an easy online system, and JBF does the rest of the work handling the sales. Consignors earn 65 percent of the sales and 70 percent if they volunteer. The rest of the money covers the cost of putting on the event.
JBF of Tucson
Date: Thursday, July 24, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday, July 25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, July 26, 7a.m. to 5 p.m. (Half-Price Day)
Place: Tucson Convention Center
Admission: $2 Thursday only
Local father and daughter Danny Hanson and Shawna Wilfert organize and run the JBF event twice a year.
Just Between Friends started in 1997 in a living room in Tulsa, Okla. 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 2013, that same sale hosted two events and grossed more than 1.2 million.
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 141 franchises in 28 states and one in Canada. Gross sales in 2013 topped 24 million dollars and they expect to top 29 million in 2014. 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 and 2013. 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 6 years. Wilburn was also 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 www.yahoo.com, www.sheknows.com and Disney website www.family.com.