Just Between Friends consignment now makes millions
With Tulsa roots, JBF sold its first franchise in 2004 and is now the largest children’s and maternity consignment event organization in North America.
Paul and Daven Tackett, owners of the Just Between Friends Tulsa sale. Daven co-founded the consignment event 22 years ago. It has since become a successful international franchise; the Tulsa sale remains the largest kids’ sale in Oklahoma.
A consignment sale that got its start in a Tulsa living room in 1997, Just Between Friends is estimated to gross $33 million in 2019.
JBF sold its first franchise in 2004 and is now the largest children’s and maternity consignment event organization in North America, with 151 sales in 30 states, according to JBF co-founder and Tulsan Daven Tackett.
She says it’s a success story with a direct impact on the local community. “JBF makes it easy for busy moms to drop off their items and allow us to sell them without the hassle of haggling, meet-ups and no shows,” Tackett says. “We mail them a check, and they can donate their unsold items to our charity partners.”
JBF typically donates around $80,000 worth of items to Emergency Infant Services and Hope Harbor every year, Tackett says.
At the upcoming Tulsa sale in September — which fills all 58,000 square feet of the Exchange Center in Expo Square — upward of 1,000 families are expected to sell their gently used children’s items. Tackett relies on a team of 40 staff and approximately 200 JBF volunteers to help ensure a smooth, safe event. “This takes a village to put on, but it is so worth it to help families,” Tackett says.
Items sell for 50-90% off retail price, and consignors make an average of $350 during the event — anywhere from 60-80% of their items’ sales. The fall sale includes back-to-school items such as lunch boxes, backpacks, uniforms and sports equipment, as well as 640 racks of children’s clothing.
“Our families who sell with us depend on us, and they use their money to pay for sports and piano lessons and cheer lessons or family vacations or trips,” Tackett says. “They also use it to just keep caught up on bills and all of the extras that come when you have little kids.”
Sept. 8-14 — Just Between Friends Fall Sale
Expo Square Exchange Center, 4145 E. 21st St. $20, VIP presale; $10, first day only (or get in free with a copy of this article); free admission for the remainder of the sale. tulsa.jbfsale.com