The "Just Between Friends" consignment sale is celebrating 20 years of helping parents sell and buy safe and affordable children's toys, books, apparel, and furniture for toddlers and newborns within the Tulsa area.
More than 20 years ago, co-owners Paul and Daven Tackett began inviting friends to their home in order to trade, buy, and sell items for their children and soon after created a small business in the family garage.
Today, the business is franchised to entrepreneurs located in dozens of cities all across the U.S. and the concept has changed the way many parents buy items for their children.
Paul Tackett, who helped passed out flyers leading up to the first JBF sale, admits he was just helping his wife and says he didn't anticipate the growth of his family's small business.
"I never imagined it would be like this. It's not just running a business - it's the families you help, it's the friends you make. I've had several moms this sale that are almost in tears," Paul Tackett said.
During this year's sale, vendors such as Enfamil and Advocare have purchased space inside the Exchange Center to help offer their products for children and new mothers for the week-long event adding to the grandeur of JBF.
Although the creators of JBF have managed to run a highly successful business, Paul Tackett says the concept has allowed many families to make a little extra cash after the holidays.
"When you're buying these items, you're helping families in our community with their families budget as well as our charities," Paul Tackett said.
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