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Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-21 : (i: ~i ~!!i ::i !i i!i i!il i!~ !~ii: i!ii~ ~i= !': : .... ii !!i!ii Becky Mellors stands in front of Wacky Warehouse on Tuesday morning. Journal photo by Lloyd Mullen Business puts recycled materials back into the marketplace By LLOYD MULLEN I/oyd@masoncounty. corn Since 2008, Scott Wilson, owner of Wilson's Re- cycling, has wanted to open a store to sell wares tossed out by his recycling customers. In February, he was able to see that to fruition by opening the Wacky Warehouse north of Shelton off Brockdale Road. "It has just been a part of the plan for the whole business," Wilson said. "In the beginning, there wasn't enough manpower and time to have the busi- ness successfully expand. I needed someone full-time to sell items." Becky Mellors is one of the main reasons Wilson was able to expand his business, he said. "He found me, that's what changed," said Mellors, an employee of the warehouse. "He noticed what valu- able stuff had been going to recycling and dropped off which works completely fine. There's valuable stuff "There's valuable stuff in other people's garbage." Becky Mellors, Wacky Warehouse in other people's garbage." MeUors started working for Wilson in February 2013. She is married to another employee of the cen- ter, Steven "Rabbit" Mellors. "That's a nickname that Scott came up with. He (Steven) didn't like it at first, but now all of the cus- tomers call him that," she said. Mellors is in charge of salvaging goods. "I get to jump in the metal bins and take out fun stuff and clean up items and try to sell them for super cheap," she said. "The process is a lot of fun. It was a lot of working trying to gather the items." The best-selling wares at the Wacky Warehouse, located at 2278 E. Brockdale Road, are tools. Second on the list are items from the kitchen. The most interesting thing Mellors said she has found are a miniature John Deere tractor, a tractor shovel and syringes. "Someone had recycled these big syringes that go into a belly for feeding," she said. "I sold them as a greasing gun (for mechanical use). That's where the wacky comes into play." Almost everything in the shop is brought by recy- cling-center customers. The most rewarding part of the job, Mellors said, is those customers. "I absolutely love them," she said. "They're really friendly. I've gotten to know a lot of them on a friend- ship basis, even outside of work." Prior to her time at the Wacky Warehouse, Mellors worked at an antique shop. "It actually clicked pretty easily for me," she said. "He (Wilson) laid down what he wanted me to do. It's easy for me to pick out things that were good. Getting the customers was the hardest part." To solve that problem, Mellors started advertising and painted a sign that sits outside Wilson Recycling. For more information on Wacky Warehouse, call 462-4444.