As I have discussed in my previous posts, I was on a mission to find the owner of a pair of sawhorses, and I had put my daughter on the case. Since I still don’t know how she actually found out the guy’s name, I asked her to explain it herself. Here is what she said:
I’m sad to say that tracking down the owner of the erstwhile Weed Shop was not my first foray into internet sleuthing. First I tried to do a reverse address search, but I didn’t have any luck.
Then I remembered that property tax information is open to the public, so I searched the records online to find out who the owners of the property were. From there, it was a quick Google search to track down the phone number.
All told, it took me about a half hour to track down that name, and in the process I discovered that I was maybe a little too good at internet stalking.
I had a name and a phone number, now the ball was in my court. I wondered how to start the conversation with him.
“I was trespassing on your property…”
“You don’t know me…”
“I really love your sawhorses that I saw while I was on your property– deep into your property.”
What I imagined his reaction to these introductions would be.
Well, I’m not sure how I started, but it ended with the owner suggesting that I call her husband about it, and he wasn’t home. She suggested that I call back when he was home. The ball was moved forward.
I called him when she suggested, and he was agreeable! We set up a meeting time for the upcoming Saturday since he was planning on being there working on restoring the house on the property. My husband agreed to join me.
My last hurdle to jump was the price. “How much would you like for 2 of them?” I asked.
He said, “How much were you thinking to pay?”
I threw out a number. “How about $10.00.”
“How about $5.OO?” he said.
I had never been negotiated down before. I really liked this guy and his sawhorses! I hoped they would be as nice as I remembered them! (They were.)
It just goes to show that you never know what the day may bring, and sometimes people can really surprise you in a good way!