Just Between Friends Is about Giving Back
How the pop-up consignment sale franchise goes above and beyond helping families save money nationwide
The reason the co-founder and CEO of Just Between Friends wants to partner with people who aren’t afraid to shout about the brand from the rooftops is because this pop-up consignment sale franchise is about so much more than making money. We want our owners to be financially successful, and we have found that financial success comes from taking care of their own communities – those people they care about the most.
See how Just Between Friends West Chester/Media, Pennsylvania, helps give back to their local charities
Our business model is based on altruism: by helping more than 1 million families nationwide save money on buying children’s clothing, games, toys, maternity and baby gear, we have become the leading pop-up consignment franchise in North America.
“One of the most amazing things that our owners are able to do is empower the community,” says Dawn Pfannenstiel, Director of Training and Support with Just Between Friends. “We’re able to bring recognition to our nonprofits, we’re able to help them with their mission. We give families in the community an outlet to make more money for their families, to help with that bottom line, and to help with that budget. There’s nothing more empowering than mailing those consignment checks because you know the benefit and the positives of what those families will do with that money. These families can now afford to go on vacation, or they can put the money toward bills. To know that you were able to put all of that together—it’s amazing. We get shoppers all the time who say, ‘I could not clothe my children without you.’ So, for me as the Director of Training and Support, to give the tools to new owners coming in so that they may empower their community, it’s unbelievable.”
Our owners have big hearts
All JBF owners care about their communities. So it’s an easy next step that when our owners set up their sales events, they partner with a local nonprofit. We see our role in the community as an essential part in fulfilling our company’s mission: “To glorify God by bringing communities and families together in a welcoming, friendly venue that allows them to care for children and be good stewards of what they have been given.” We’re a faith-based business, and for us that faith comes first.
A nonprofit is brought in to benefit from every one of our sales events, and our consignors and team members donate items and goods to local organizations that help local women, children, and families. We serve groups that provide clothing closets, crisis centers, transitional emergency care, food banks, and many other wonderful services. Over the years, we have been able to give back an estimated $32 million in cash and in-kind donations to dozens of nonprofits nationwide, $7.6 million in 2018. The amount of money and donated items we are able to give back will only grow through the generosity of our consignors as we expand our footprint in North America.
An example of the tremendous amount of donated items we are able to extend to nonprofits is made evident by this thank-you letter from Eastside Baby Corner, one of our nonprofit partners near Seattle, Washington:
“I just want to extend a very heartfelt *thank you* to you and all the consignors you encourage to support Eastside Baby Corner! The MOUNTAIN of donations we hauled away from Pickering Barn last night is a much-needed boost to our inventory. We’re creating 20 to 25 infant layettes every week, and we’re desperate for 0- to 9-month size clothing. I can hardly wait to start sorting through the donations! Your consignors can take pride knowing that their contributions will be quickly distributed to children in need. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
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We do not take for granted the good that comes from each sales event or the trust our families place in our commitment to hold safe, family-supportive events, season after season. We are dedicated to our communities because we are a part of them. We are moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents, guardians and foster parents who are invested in making our small parts of the world a better place. We are bargain lovers, of course, but beyond that, we believe in being good stewards of our resources—taking care of each other and reaching out a hand to those who need it – as we all do at one time or another
“As a JBF owner, you’re required to run the event, which gives the added benefit of having a visible continued presence in your community,” says Tracy Panase, owner of four Just Between Friends franchises in Pennsylvania. “Our customers grow to know and trust us because they don’t see us a business, but as an arm into the community. We work really hard to partner with local nonprofits, over 200 charities and local faith-based organizations, and so our customers have a sense that we really are giving back because they know that our donations are going to stay and help the community and benefit a local need.”