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DELPHOS — “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” is the maxim on which trading posts are built. For Tracy Tibbitts of Delphos Trading Post, this philosophy is what makes her job so enjoyable.

“I applied here because it sounded like a lot of fun. It seemed like a really interesting place to work, kind of like Pawn Stars of Delphos,” she joked. “The things I had to learn the most about were the guns and knives and ammo. I knew nothing about any of that when I started. I’ve bought a gun since then, a .380 Kel Tec. I had to learn about gold and silver and the retail end of the business.”

Tibbitts, who previously worked for Ford Motor Co. and then spent years volunteering with animals, says she doesn’t have an official job title but you could brand her an office manager.

“I deal with the customers and point of sale but I clean when it’s needed and I answer the phone, too,” she said. “I’m also the one who enters all of the information for items and serial numbers for guns into the computer.”

Tibbitts’ favorite part of working at Delphos Trading Post is the items they buy and sell or sometimes trade.

“The best part is seeing all of the neat things people bring in. We get a lot of unique stuff in here and sometimes it’s really hard not buying it yourself,” she said. “The coolest day of the week is when people bring guns in but we also get jewelry, DVDs, books and all kinds of things. The most interesting thing I’ve seen brought in was an old fortune-teller machine from the 1920s. It really worked, too. Another cool thing was a Pabst Blue Ribbon stained glass sign from the ’70s. There are lots and lots of cool things that come through here.”

Another thing that makes Tibbitts look forward to coming to work every day is the people — behind the counter and in front of it.

“We get a lot of interesting people in here; a lot of great people. It’s really fun when the old farts and the young farts come in and talk guns. We have a lot of regulars who come in to chat, sort of like a bar you could say. We should probably think about getting a coffee pot in here,” Tibbitts added. “I do love the people I work with, too, my boss Sami Kennedy and my co-workers Todd Jettinghoff and Frog Ralston, even though they harrass me to no end. Frog is our mentor. He was the one who taught me about the guns, knives and ammo. No matter what happens or what kind of day it is, it’s always really fun in here.”

Tibbitts has been with Delphos Trading Post for nine months. She lives in Lima with her husband Doug. They have three children: Seth, 20, Dillon, 20 and Meghan, 16.


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