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"We sell Brookside Woods"

Old HER Realtors sign"We sell Brookside Woods"

Trying to decide recently whether to attend an office social function I thought of Barbara and Jim Gustafson who were HER Realtor agents...

Barbara and Jim have moved to Florida now?  Or they are traveling around the country (or the world?) with their home base in Florida.

Barbara Gustafson is real social.   Real Living HER Worthington social functions often make me think of Barbara.  

Barbara has a distinctive sense style.  I have an internal WWBD (what would Barbara do) when it comes to accessorizing as time goes on.   When I started wearing antlers with flashing bulbs on them for Christmas, it was from thinking "WWBD."

When I moved to Columbus in 1990 Barbara Gustafson was selling real estate alone, well with HER Realtors but  Jim was still working for.... Scott's in Marysville?  When I was moving to Columbus I saw Barbara's  "I sell Brookside"  signs in Brookside Estates and Brookside Village and Brookside Colony.   Barbara's  sign rider on her HER Realtor's for sale signs in Brookside Woods was "I sell Brookside Woods"  I may have wandered into Brookside Woods by accident (out of my price range) back in 1990.  

I can tell you which house on Starleaf Lane iBarbara had listed in 1990 in Brookside Colony when we were moving to Columbus and I am sure that is where I first noticed an "I sell Brookside" sign rider.

I worked for Coldwell Banker in 1990 and you could not help but notice that Barbara did indeed sell Brookside Woods and Brookside Colony and Brookside anything she could list and sell back in the 1990's.  Cinda Schumaker with HER Realtors in Worthington sold Brookside Colony...but I don't think she has sign riders as part of her plan of neighborhood domination like Barbara's "I sell Brookside Woods" campaign.

My second listing ever in Central Ohio was a house in Western Hills which was an expired listing that had been Barbara Gustafson's listing.  I remember Barbara's very dramatic and impassioned plea for showings on that listing at a Worthington real estate agent's association meeting...  we did business a bit different back then than we do today.  There is still a Greater Worthington Area Real Estate Association.  

I joined HER Realtors in 1995 and worked with Barbara. That would be when I became more aware of her at social events, office and real estate related.

Jim Gustafson joined Barbara in selling real estate in Central Ohio at some point and the sign riders changed to "We Sell Brookside Woods"

Jim called me "Red."

Early on I think Barbara called me Marlene, Marian or whatever name was handy that started with an M.  Later on I think she knew it was Maureen.  I always wondered if Jim could not remember what my name was.

At a gathering at  Red, White and Boom one year.... I remember Barbara in her red, white and blue clothing with her red, white and blue 4th of July jewelery telling me that Jim would never attend Red, White and Boom, that he was home watching it on TV.   

There are things that will probably always remind me of Barbara and Jim Gustafson.   Brookside Woods actually the whole Brookside area, Halloween, Christmas sweaters and earrings and Red, White and Boom even if Jim was at home on the couch.

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Comment balloon 0 commentsMaureen McCabe • November 10 2009 06:03AM
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