Former Air Force Master Sergeant Adopts Two Little Girls and Launches Kids’ Event to Help Families Save Money for Fall, Winter, Halloween & Holidays. Just Between Friends Children’s Consignment Set for Oct. 16 – 18 at Breakaway Sports in Charlotte. JBF Also Helps Families Make Money by Selling Items Kids Have Outgrown

Charlotte, NC – Nearly every parent knows that kids can be expensive. The USDA’s latest report says the average cost to raise a child is $245,000 from birth to age 18. When Charlotte mom Pam Catron adopted two little girls last year, she quickly learned how expensive kids can be.  She retired from the Air Force in 2013 and wanted to provide a good home for the 1 and 2 year-old sisters. As a single mom, she was searching for ways to save money and looking for an opportunity to work from home.

After researching, she found something that solved both dilemmas:  Just Between Friends Children’s Consignment Event – which is North America’s leading children’s and maternity consignment event.  She is organizing Just Between Friends first fall consignment event in Charlotte Oct. 16 – 18. There are two ways for families to make money.

1.       Traditional consignor – Sign up online at  JBF has a simple, online barcode tagging system and sellers price their own items, drop them off at Breakaway Sports on Oct. 15 or 16 and JBF does the rest. Consignors earn 65 to 70 percent and there is no limit on how much they can sell.  

2.       Valet Service - JBF also offers “valet tagging” services where they will take care of the prepping and pricing.  The consignor earns 50% of the sale price

Pam Catron is thrilled to help other families throughout Charlotte make ends meet – by saving and making money on kids’ items.

“I honestly had no idea how much things cost for children – especially clothing which they go through so quickly.  I fell in love with the concept of consignment shopping and selling and I am excited to bring this great event to families – who can shop in one day and get nearly everything they need for their children in one place and save 50 to 90%,” added Pam.

JBF – Charlotte

Friday, October 16: 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. - presales for volunteers, consignors, first time moms, dads & grandparents, MOPS & active military and veterans (see website for specific schedule)

Friday, October 16: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Public Presale - $20 at the door/$10 online

Saturday, October 17: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Open to public $3.00 – free pass on website

Sunday, October 18: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Open to public, Free and most items are 50% off


Families will find everything they need to raise a family, from maternity to preteen. Bargains range from clothing and accessories, toys, baby gear, electronics, books and much more.  

JBF Gives Back

Just Between Friends of Charlotte will also donate all unsold items to Goodwill Industries of Southern Piedmont. 


JBF has a recall specialist on staff that works with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to stay up to date on all recalls.  Workers at the JBF event will check items to ensure they are not on the recall list, playing close attention to cribs and car seats. In addition, they are partnering with Graco to buy back Graco Alano, Passage or Spree strollers and/or travel systems, recalled in 2010.   Graco recalled the models due to fingertip amputation and lacerations hazards; however, Graco is no longer manufacturing the repair kit for these strollers. Families can bring the recalled strollers to the local JBF event and 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.  For details on the recalled models:  

For more information or to schedule an interview, photos or video, contact Diane White at or 918-770-3905.

About Just Between Friends

In 1997, Just Between Friends was created in a living room in Tulsa, Oklahoma when Daven Tackett and Shannon Wilburn hosted a sale with 17 friends from church.  The sales caught on with families and grew so in 2003, they formed Just Between Friends Franchise Systems, Inc.  In 2011, JBF reorganized, and Tackett is now sole owner of  Just Between Friends Tulsa and Wilburn is now sole owner of Just Between Friends Franchise Systems, Inc., which has 150 franchises in 27 states and Canada.  Just Between Friends has been on the Inc. Magazine 5000 list of fastest growing companies four years in a row and was named one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 500 Franchises.  In 2012, Just Between Friends was one of only 25 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”.  JBF has been featured on numerous national television shows including The Today Show, CBS Early Show, ABC News, Good Morning America, CNN, Headline News, Fox News, Inside Edition, CNBC’s The Big Idea, Entrepreneur Magazine and on, and Disney website