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It Started with a Watering Can

Once you start accepting really odd jobs, there’s no knowing where it will end.

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WHEN I WAS newly opened, I had a customer come in with an expensive watering can she used in her garden. She asked if we could put some solder on a part that leaked. I mentioned that we don’t work on watering cans, and she asked why not. I didn’t have an explanation, so we did it. Since then, we have put rhinestones on belts and shoes and even put a rhinestone in a bra/bikini top. (They never came and picked up the bra.) — Bill Brundage, Bill Brundage Jewelers, Louisville, KY

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