Douglas County, CO – To help promote safety among online buy/sell/trade groups, Just Between Friends of Douglas County is setting up a safe zone at its spring consignment event this week, April 9 – 12 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Following the horrific Craig’s List crime in Longmont last month, JBF Organizer Deborah Freeman wanted to help families buy and sell more safely. She reached out to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office to get information on setting up a safe zone.
Currently there are more than 60 “Buy Sell Trade” groups on Facebook in the Douglas County area alone with about 100,000 members communicating to buy and sell gently used items. In addition, many people also buy and sell on Craig’s List. Anyone buying and selling through these groups can meet in the lobby of the Fairground’s Event Center during their public hours. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is also asking its patrol to have a presence during the event by driving by throughout the event.
Thursday, April 9: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, April 10: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 11: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday, April 12: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Place: Douglas County Fairgrounds Event Center, 500 Fairgrounds Drive, Castle Rock 80104
RECALL BUY BACK PROGRAM
JBF is also partnering with Graco and offering a special buy back program for Alano, Passage or Spree strollers and/or travel systems that were recalled in 2010. JBF discovered many parents still had these strollers and were unaware of the recall or potential danger. Graco recalled the models due to fingertip amputation and lacerations hazards. Click here for details http://1.usa.gov/1vqT2XE.
This is a common problem. A study by Kids in Danger found that only 10 percent of recalled children’s items are repaired or returned. Read the study here: http://bit.ly/1FudJSG
Families can bring the recalled strollers to the Douglas County Event April 9 – 12 and in exchange they will receive a $25.00 gift card to shop at the JBF event. JBF will return the stroller to Graco and it will be destroyed.
JUST BETWEEN FRIENDS BACKGROUND
Just Between Friends is North America’s leading children’s consignment event with more than 140 events in the US and Canada – each run by local families. In Douglas County, Deborah Freeman organizes the event. Local families sign up as consignors to sell the new and gently used children’s and maternity items their families have outgrown. They prep their own items, price and tag them and can earn up to 70%. Other families will shop and can typically save between 50 and 90%. JBF also gives back, donating to Birthline, Inc. Deborah is available to talk about the safe zone, the buy back and the event in general.
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 2014, that same sale hosted two events and grossed close to 1 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 and CEO of Just Between Friends Franchise Systems, Inc., which has over 140 franchises in 28 states and one in Canada. They expect to top 27 million in 2015. In June 2014, Forbes Magazine named Just Between Friends one of the top ten franchises in the United States. JBF was also named one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 500 Franchises in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 and has been on the Inc. Magazine list of fastest growing companies for four year. 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 on 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 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.