David Baker, Euroa
WITH the internet and Gumtree, we do not think about how in the past we bought that thing for the dovie to fix that something.
Here in Euroa we had Jimmy. It has been so long now that some people have forgotten his shop in Railway Street by the overpass. Now demolished. There you could find anything, if Jimmy did not have it he could find it for you.
As this little man walked through the stuff, he knew where everything was and how much to charge you. His memory was amazing.
After an ad in the Gazette (that is how I got to know Jimmy), my mother was after second hand bricks for laying in the garden (my first landscaping) Jimmy had put the ad there as he was demolishing a house. He was selling the chimney bricks , but you had to go and collet them. so this is what my mother and I did.
We drove to the house, and on one trip we had a flat tire.
It took about three or four trips loading up the car, and we got to talking to Jimmy and his off sider as they took the house apart.
While there they took off the tin roof and under it was the original bark roof.
The guys said they did that up until the 1920s. Wow!
Jimmy was well known as the “go to” guy for getting rid of stuff or buying second-hand things, before the tip and gumtree.
For the next few years I would see him