An Introduction, of Sorts


Hello everyone, this is my first entry into this blogging site, Medium. My name is Gary, and I have recently ventured into small business management with a good friend of mine. He and I worked together in the past at a buy-and-sell shop, commonly referred to as a ‘pawn’ shop (despite the clear difference between a pawn shop and a buy and sell shop). I would from time to time make the comment that he and I could do it better, and he made it happen. It has been a month since opening, and I can say that it has been a success so far, though my buddy has doubts.

I had worked for about six years in the buy and sell industry, and he has the experience at opening a similar business, as he owned one for about two years. So it was a match made in heaven, in many ways. He and I graduated together, and I know I can trust him. This had a large impact on my decision to dive into this concept with him, rip it apart, and truly give it my all. I love the idea that ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’, which is what our business model is, at its core.

I suppose I should start off at the beginning. I have a lot of customer service experience, most of it being gained during my time employed at other small businesses. I did work for Burger King for nearly 8 years, where I also received a lot of training and experience in management. I indulged my video game obsession by working at Game Stop as a part time manager as well for about two years. As time went on, I started exploring around my hometown of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and a friend of mine asked for a ride to a local buy and sell shop, and I of course did just that. At the time, I had been looking for more part time work, and I asked the owner of that particular shop if he was looking for more help. At the time, he had said no. Exactly one week later, I went back in with other friends, and he asked me what would be a very important question. “What do you do on Tuesday nights?” and I replied with something along the lines of “What does it look like?” as I motioned to my friends, clearly indicating that I don’t really do much. After our brief exchange of words, he told me to come back in the following week to start work. It was rather unexpected, but it would prove to be one of the most interesting decisions of my life.

So, I obviously decided to take him up on his offer, and I went in the following week. I had no idea what I was doing, yet the two that were there totally took me in and showed me the ropes. I had unknowingly found my niche, and as time went on, the business grew on me. I loved seeing the people of the town. A lot of them already knew who I was because of my prior jobs, because at the time I still worked full time for Burger King as an assistant manager and had been there for many years. One thing led to another, and I found myself working full time at this store. The money was good, and I enjoyed what I did. As many will say… when you do what you love, you don’t feel like you work a day of your life. This was definitely the case here.

I of course didn’t work there forever, and I ended up working as a tech for a different store for a short while. This is where I met my current partner, and I had mentioned to him that he and I ‘could do it better’, referring to running our own buy and sell shop. Unbeknownst to me, he took that idea and ran with it. He made it happen, and here I am today, managing the store for him. Now, not only am I doing something I truly enjoy, I am also my own boss to a certain extent. The feeling of independence is quite thrilling, as I can do what I wish, how I see fit. Now i’m here, finding the best ways to advertise, and this is where I got interested in this site. I’m in Cleona, PA and the business is called Ritchie’s Buy, Sell and Thrift. I thought that reading things on here and possibly expanding my personal network would help me to reach out and talk to more people, possibly gaining valuable knowledge and experience along the way.

This is where I begin, and I will certainly write a lot more as time goes on! Best wishes to everyone that reads this, and best of luck in everything you do!