We had the good fortune of connecting with Reid Husmer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Reid, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
One Saturday morning, I was eating breakfast and knew that I was going to have a rough weekend. It was time to do some Spring cleaning! Ughhhhh! After a nice breakfast I had the courage to go down to the basement and see the monster that was slowly taking over my house. What a mess! My first thought. No problem, I can order a rolloff dumpster and be done with this mess in one day. No! That’s not right. I can’t throw my son’s favorite car bed into the dumpster. Let’s do this the right way and keep stuff out of the landfill. So I went to the computer and looked for a service that would take my stuff and keep it out of the landfill. It turns out that there really wasn’t a one stop service. I realized I would have to take my TV to one location; my donations I would need to be hauled out of the basement and put out on the curb; and all the recycle items would have to be dropped off at two different locations. What a hassle. This is going to take some time. Boom– then it then popped in my head. People need this service. Nobody has the time or energy to go through all the steps needed to keep junk out of the landfill. So I created Gone for Good, and it would reflect my personal mission to Reduce, Resell, and Recycle. Gone for Good would be Good for people using the service, Good for the community, and Good for the environment.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Gone for Good has been in the business for 12 years. We are a junk hauling company that finds different ways to keep junk out of the landfills. We have a 16 ft moving box truck instead of the dumpster trucks that other junk removal companies use. We find new homes for stuff by reselling in our thrift store, donating to charities, or breaking it down and recycling as much as we can. To be honest, this has not been an easy task to be eco-friendly. “It ain’t easy being Green” Most junk haulers make big money by picking up stuff and dumping it off at the waste transfer stations. Then they are ready to go do another job. Our trucks drop off our stuff at a warehouse and another crew will start sorting through all the stuff. This takes time and labor costs to do this. Don’t get me wrong, there is some jobs where we do pick up good stuff. It’s nice to resell this at affordable pricing at our thrift store. There has also been some amazing times when we find treasures and sell it up on eBay. It’s also a good feeling to work with charities that help people with low income that are in need of furniture.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Denver can be a fun city when it is not on lock down. I would take my friend to some places around downtown. My friends and I like to watch and play sports. We would probably start out at the Axe Throwing place on Broadway. You can also break junk in some of their cages. I might skip that one, because we tend to do that everyday. Then we would try to find a sporting event in Denver. It could be the Rockies, Nuggets, or Avalanche. After building up an appetite, we always like to feed our faces at Bd’s Mongolian Barbeque. I’m too old for clubs, therefore we would end the night bowling at Lucky Strike.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Miriam Dick. She was the hardest worker and Gone for Good would not be where it is today without her. She recently passed away in September from Diabetes. She will surely be remembered as a hard worker, a great friend, and having a beautiful heart. She could do all the jobs at Gone for Good. She was a hauler, thrift store manager, and on the phone scheduling jobs. What a big blow to the company! We had to hire two people to replace our Miriam.