Re­mem­ber­ing Jimmy

Euroa Gazette - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

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

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