The Vandergrift Bailey family loves to get dirty and help others.
Husband and wife Joshua and Richelle Bailey co-own Bailey’s Junk Removal on Grant Avenue in Vandergrift.
Established in 2012, the business completed more than 650 junk removal jobs in the Arekiski Valley last year.
The couple’s five sons – Chandler, Cassius, Cayden, Camden and Covadia – all work for the family business.
Joshua Bailey is a Kiski Area alumnus who has served in the Army, worked as a personal trainer, and in the senior home care industry.
He said that about ten years ago he started noticing TVs being discarded on the side of the road. This indicates a general need for handling items that are not handled by normal garbage collection. He decided to create a new business model for his large family.
“I felt the need,” Bailey said. “I always had a side job, like cleaning up scraps, but now it’s a full-time job. I did this for financial security.”
Baileys Junk Removal primarily handles property cleaning, spring cleaning and hoarding situations.
“Sometimes I am shocked by the way people live. There are some situations where people live in unsanitary conditions,” Bailey said. “About 10% of the work we do is not a livable environment.”
Hoarding jobs are usually from property owners who have evicted tenants.
“It’s all on a socioeconomic level as well,” Bailey said. “He’s seen a half-million dollar house that looks like a crack house when you walk in. … You walk in and you’re knee-deep in trash.
But not all junk jobs are bad.
“One of my first jobs was in New Kensington, where I found a neatly folded $100 in a shell,” said Joshua Bailey. “We also found money stuck in the walls.”
Kiski Area graduate Richelle Bailey homeschools her couple’s children in her 126-year-old family home. Caxias, the youngest of her at 11, will need more players to throw in when she turns 12.
“They start working seriously at age 12 and learn how to deal with people,” she said. “We help people clean their homes inside and out.”
According to the Baileys, the top three items for junk removal are furniture, appliances and household items.
Vandergrift real estate agent Marilee Kessler said she recommends Baileys’ services to clients.
“They are great examples of good old American values of hard work, integrity and independence,” said Kessler, who is also a Vandergrift City Council member.
East Vandergrift customer Laurie DeLuca hired Baileys last year to help vacate her daughter’s apartment when she moved.
“They loaded it perfectly. We were very happy with them.
DeLuca’s husband, Jeff, frequents Bailey’s Resale Shop at 116 B Grant Ave.
Chandler Bailey runs an upstairs store filled with carefully selected items that the family deems worth selling.
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Chandler Bailey, 22, manager of Bailey’s Resale Shop, has a vintage phone in his shop full of items from his junk removal business that his family deems worth selling.
“He bought some good records there. It’s fun just to look around,” said Laurie Deluca.
Bailey’s Resale Shop is open by appointment only by calling 724-393-8426.
Chandler Bailey, 22, said he was blown away by the cool findings from his family’s junk haul.
“I love seeing the pure joy on people’s faces after I’ve finished getting rid of junk they never thought they could get rid of. I’m happy to serve Vandergrift and beyond,” he said. Told.
Bailey’s jobs range in price from $135 to $735, but each job is priced individually based on location, duration of work, and what you need.
The junk Baileys removes goes to either McCutcheon Enterprises, a waste management company in Allegheny Township, or Westmoreland Cleanways and Recycling in Latrobe.
Other services Bailey’s provides are hiring workers, dismantling, picking up and delivering to new addresses. In addition, there is also a side business of boulder sales.
Joshua Bailey says, “You can find them in old foundations that people don’t want.
Bailey’s Junk Removal can be reached at 724-472-6384.
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