Taking Care Of Your Mechanics With Trash Finds

Yes – my mechanics know of my insane trash picking skills – as does pretty much anyone who I have a conversation with longer than five minutes. I found a weed wacker for my mechanic today. He put in the request about a week ago – I came across a couple of others but they were pretty much just good for scrap. I’m still keeping an eye out for a leaf blower for him though.

My mechanics are AWESOME – a father & two sons that are just good, honest, hard working people. A while ago, I needed some part replaced (for some reason, I can’t remember what…), and they called to tell me if I could get to the parts store & pick it up myself, it would save me close to $200 – which for some reason their parts delivery supplier was tacking on! Even though I’m pretty inquisitive, how would I have known that if they hadn’t told me? What I also like about them is that, whether you like it or not, they’re going to explain what’s wrong with your car & if possible, show you how they are going to fix it or what they did to fix it – they like to teach! While I know it’s not much, I try to thank them when I can by stopping by with some coffee, doughnuts, beer……..and of course, trash finds as requested.

How about you? Do you have any service professionals in your life that you’ve been able to give items to from your trash picking or dumpster diving excursions?

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One Response to Taking Care Of Your Mechanics With Trash Finds

  1. Hey Amy. I’m putting in my request for a new blender, mine went up in smoke just now! You car techs sound like my kind of guys. I always tend to over explain stuff to my customers too. I can tell by the eventual “eye roll” that I have reached the tipping point where I care more than they do.

    Last night I had two pieces of furniture in my truck that I was delivering. One was a repair and the other was a Console Table that I built out of Brazilian Cherry flooring that I scavenged from a new home development. The flooring contactor was throwing all the off cuts and mismatched pieces from three houses into a big pile. I mean a big pile, next to the debris box. I ask if I could have it and they said yes. The said they had six unopened cartons that got paid for but the plan changed and they were not going to use them. I would be doing them a favor to take them out of the garage so they could use the space.

    Anyway, as I was driving, I spied a really nice windsor style rocking chair that was left curbside. If I didn’t have to make the delivery and be on time, I would have grabbed it in a heartbeat. It looked like it was all there, not broken or left in the rain. It probably had some loose joints and they didn’t have the where-with-all to deal with it. Ida re-glued and re-finished that sucker in a minute!

    Oh well, so it goes. You win some and you lose some.

    I have this feeling that if you put your request out into the universe that stuff will come to you. I think you know what I mean. Good luck!


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