Just Between Friends Franchise System Promoting National Baby Safety Month at Consignment Events Nationwide. In response to an increase in deaths from “tipping furniture”, JBF is educating families about furniture dangers

Tulsa, Okla. – In recognition of National Baby Safety Month, North America's leading children’s and maternity consignment event is promoting “Safety for Every Room” during its fall and winter consignment events.  Just Between Friends (JBF) Children’s Consignment has more than 140 consignment events in 28 states run by local parents.  Local families sign up to sell their new and gently used children’s and maternity items their families have outgrown. Families in these communities shop and can save between 30 and 90 percent on items for their families. While helping families save money is the driving force behind Just Between Friends, the top priority is safety.

  • September is Baby Safety Month
  • The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association’s theme is “Safety for Every Room”
  • JBF’s Product & Safety Specialist trains with the Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • JBF educates families nationwide through its website, Facebook and at sales events

This year JBF is focusing on promoting furniture safety after a recent accident in Pittsburgh killed two young girls when a dresser fell on top of them. The CPSC says every two weeks a child is killed when a television or piece of furniture falls on them. Just Between Friends is taking the following steps to educate families and prevent accidents:

  •  Providing a safety checklist on the Just Between Friends website - and the JBF Franchise Facebook  page (safety checklist included below)
  •  Providing information to all franchisees to share online, via email and at their consignment events
  •  Many of the consignment events will be selling “anchoring devices” for furniture. The CPSC recommends using some type of anchoring device or bracket. (the JBF event in Pittsburgh is providing them at no fee to anyone who buys furniture) 

“Just Between Friends is first and foremost a family organization.  We reach more than half a million families through our sales events and consider it our responsibility to promote safety in addition to helping families across the country save on children’s and maternity items. We work year-round to educate our franchise owners, our shoppers and consignors,” explains Shannon Wilburn, Co-Founder and CEO of Just Between Friends Franchise Systems, Inc.

Just Between Friends Product and Safety Specialist Kami Snowbarger has attended teh CPSC Safety Academy and is available for interviews. She 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.  

JBF Safety “Tip-Over Prevention Checklist”

The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends the following measures to prevent tip-over accidents with furniture

1.       Anchor furniture to the wall or floor.  You can get brackets or straps at local retailers or online

2.       Place TVs on sturdy, low bases or anchor the furniture and the TV on top of it and push the TV back as far as possible.

3.       Keep remote controls and other attractive items off the TV so children won’t be tempted to grab them and pull the TV over

4.       Keep TV and cable cords out of reach of children as children may pull on them and tip over furniture. There is also a risk of strangulation

5.       Make sure free-standing ranges and stoves are anchored with anti-tipping brackets

6.       Always supervise young children in any room

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 and CEO of Just Between Friends Franchise Systems, Inc., which has 140 franchises in 28 states and one in Canada.  Gross sales in 2013 topped 24 million dollars and they expect to top 28 million in 2014. 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 and 2014 and has been on the Inc. Magazine list of fastest growing companies for four year.  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 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, and Disney website

About Baby Safety Month
Baby Safety Month started in 1983 when JPMA initiated “Expectant Mother’s Day.”  In 1986, it was extended to a week-long celebration, until 1991, when JPMA sponsored the first “Baby Safety Awareness Month.”  Since then, every September has been designated as Baby Safety Month.

About the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association 
The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association is a national trade organization of more than 250 companies in the United States, Canada and Mexico. JPMA exists to advance the interests, growth and well-being of North American prenatal to preschool product manufacturers, importers and distributors marketing under their own brands to consumers. It does so through advocacy, public relations, information sharing, product performance certification and business development assistance conducted with appreciation for the needs of parents, children and retailers.