“Green” Shopping can Help Save Money “Seven Holiday Gifts You Can Buy Second Hand – and No One Needs to Know”

Tulsa, Okla. –Just because Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over doesn’t mean it is too late to find good deals. One of the best ways to save money is by shopping “second hand” at thrift stores, flea markets and consignment stores, events and online. A leading expert on saving money has put together a list of “Seven Gifts You Can Buy Secondhand ”  

Shannon Wilburn is a mom of two and co-founder of Just Between Friends, North America’s leading children’s and maternity consignment event.  For more than 10 years she has helped millions of families save between 50 and 90 percent on items for their children.  Just Between Friends has more than 140 consignment events in 28 states and Canada. 

Local families sign up to sell their new and gently used children’s and maternity items their families have outgrown. Families in each community shop and can save between 50 and 90 percent on items for their families. Wilburn says many families buy secondhand for the holidays. After surveying some of her top “super shoppers”, Wilburn created a list of “seven gifts you can buy second hand without anyone knowing it is ”gently used”

  1. Dolls, Doll Clothes and Accessories:  Often you can find very gently used dolls at thrift stores and second hand stores. Package them up with some clothing and accessories and create a “Barbie Gift Bag” or an “American Girl Gift Pack”.
  2. Electronics:  There are homes across the country where families are upgrading to the next new gaming system, iPad or other electronic, leaving last year’s model available for the taking.   Make sure items are in working order and package it all in a nice box or gift bag.  Most teens or tweens won’t mind that the gaming system or accessory is gently used.
  3. Sporting equipment:  Purchasing sports gear secondhand is great, especially for individuals who may just be trying out the sport initially.  Golf clubs are a great “secondhand” gift as well as tennis gear and winter sports gear.  
  4. Costume jewelry: Look for jewelry in good condition and in current style.  Package in a small jewelry box or decorative bag.  Find some earrings that would be perfect for a friend? Create  your own packaging with card stock and a metallic sharpie marker for great presentation.
  5. Books: New or used, books make great gifts.  An avid reader may love a used book with its own story behind it.
  6. Collectibles: Is anyone on your gift list collect anything?  Check out the local flea market.  They will appreciate the effort you took to find it. 
  7. Instruments: This is one of the top “re-gifted” items and one that you can find “like new” In fact, there are likely guitars and drum sets sitting in attics across the U.S.

Before you put the bow on top, here are a few key tips to prep your gift.

·         Use a little elbow grease: Spend some time cleaning the items to make them look new

·         Box it up:  Save boxes so you can reuse them

·         Presentation is Key: Dress it up with tissue paper, gift bags, bows and ribbons

·         Style Check:  Make sure the items are not out-of-date or out of style, unless you are going for a “vintage” theme

Click here for the online release, including several photos you can download. (I WILL ADD THIS IN) You can use any of the information in this release, please credit Shannon Wilburn, CEO and Co-Founder of Just Between Friends Franchise System.  For more information or to set up an interview, please contact Diane White at 918-770-3905 or by email,

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