The stats are staggering. The USDA says it costs a family more than $240,000 to raise a child. But there is help available for families to not only save money – but also make some extra cash.
A local mom is helping families sidestep the “average” child-rearing cost and help save the family budget with Just Between Friends Philadelphia.
The first event takes place September 4- 6 at the Body Zone Sports and Wellness Complex in Reading with another family-friendly event set for September 25-28 at The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center located in Oaks.
- Local families sell their new and gently used children’s and maternity items – turning clutter into cash
- Other families shop and save 50 to 90% on items for back-to-school and fall/winter
- All money stays in local community and most goes into pockets of local families
- JBF 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 Reading
Thursday, September 4 -9am-8pm
Friday, September 5 – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, September 6 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Place: Body Zone Sports and Wellness Complex
3103 Paper Mill Road, Wyomissing 19610
Admission: $3.00 and charged on the first day only
JBF of Philly
Thursday, September 25- 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, September 26 – 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, September 27 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, September 28 – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Place: Greater Philadelphia Expo Center – Hall A
100 Station Ave, Oaks 19456
Admission: $3.00 and charged on first day only
Local mom Tracy Panase organizes and runs the JBF events twice a year. She is thrilled to help the community save and earn money. JBF also gives back, donating unsold items and part of the proceeds to Cradles to Crayons and The Children’s Home of Reading. Tracy is available for interviews before and during the event. We can also provide families who participate as consignors and shoppers for interviews.
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. In 2013, that same sale hosted two events and grossed more than 1.2M. 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.
This post was sponsored by JBF Western Mainline. All opinions are 100% my own.