Bubble Gum Saves The Day

Real Estate Sales Representative with Fieldstone Real Estate

Maybe bubble gum can’t solve all the problems in the world, but it sure saved my day on Friday!

You see, I was waiting on a client to arrive for a scheduled showing. I had the key already out of the lockbox, sitting on a piece of paper, while I fidgeted with the radio. I bumped the paper, the key slid to the passenger side floor board. I reached over to get it and accidentally pushed it out of my reach. Ugh.

I got out and walked to the other side of the car so I could get a better angle. But the key had slid through a slot in the floorboard. I could get my fingers into the slot, and at the very tip of my finger, I could feel the key, but I could not grasp it. Hmm… “Great” I thought.

Looking around my car I wondered what might help me get this stupid key. I had a magnet in the car, so I tried that first. I guess it wasn’t strong enough. I was afraid to use something like a pen to get it for fear it would push it further from my grasp. Then, the idea occurred to me. GUM.

Bubble Gum Gets KeyI wasn’t sure if it would work, but it was worth a try. I chewed up a piece of gum and stuck it to the end of my finger, then reached for the key again. Guess what? It WORKED! The gum stuck to the key enough for me to pull it closer to the opening where I could grasp it. I almost couldn’t believe it worked. But, phew!

My client arrived a short time later and I was able to show the home and return the key to the lockbox like a responsible REALTOR is supposed to do.

Note to self – ALWAYS keep Bubble Gum handy. You just never know when you’ll need it.

Happy chewing!


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Donald Reich
Prudential Centennial - New Rochelle, NY

Vicky this sounds like something out of Macgyver!!!

But tell me was it sugarless gum??

Sep 01, 2012 06:02 PM #22
Bruno & Noel Tarquinii
Bowie, MD

Great story Vicky and sure bubble gum has more uses than being freshners after meals...

Sep 01, 2012 08:29 PM #23
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

OMG Vicky, that is so smart.  It must have been really nerve wracking, but I'm so glad you kept your cool and came up with this creative solution.  Way to go.

Sep 01, 2012 10:15 PM #24
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Very funny story Vicky!  Thanks for sharing.  I'll need to get some bubble gum now.  :)                                              

Sep 01, 2012 10:31 PM #25
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Vicky, who says real estate agents aren't very creative. Bubble gum saved the day.

Sep 01, 2012 11:22 PM #26
Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417
United Real Estate - Addison, TX
Real Service. Real Results. Real Estate

Your stick-to-it attitude saved the showing. Way to go!

Sep 01, 2012 11:41 PM #27
Karen Crowson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Rancho Bernardo, CA
Your Agent for Change
Sticky situation averted -yeah!
Sep 01, 2012 11:56 PM #28
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

Great job. .

I'm glad you did not choose the easy route others do. .when they lose the keys on some of my listings. .

"I opened the lockbox and the key wasn't there. .really!"

Sep 02, 2012 12:45 AM #29
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 AdrianWillanger-broker.com - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Vicky-love it! Very resourceful and actually a very good tip, one I hope I never have to use. LOL.

Sep 02, 2012 02:39 AM #30
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Great example of the use of gum!  I've done that before, i.e., pushed something futher when I was trying to grab it.  ANNOYING. 

Sep 02, 2012 03:32 AM #31
Joy Daniels
Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd. - Harrisburg, PA

That is a great. . . I am going to be sure to have some in my car - just in case!  Thanks for sharing such a sweet story.  :)

Sep 02, 2012 04:01 AM #32
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

Vicky, good thinking. As real estate agents, we have to do some out of the box thinking at times. I've climbed up to a sescond floor balcony and found the doorwall to be unlocked once. Someone took the key out of the lockbox and my clients really needed to see this house.

Sep 02, 2012 05:18 AM #33
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

Hi Vicky, great thinking! This is an old time solution, that I remember from back in the day. We used gum for everything, as it was chewed a lot  more that today., Great post! Made me smile.

Sep 02, 2012 05:22 AM #34
Carolyn Crispin
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes - Branson, MO
Crispin Team Sells Branson Homes Land & Commercial

Great story right out of the Mcgyver playbook of innovative thinking.

Sep 02, 2012 07:34 AM #35
Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton
The Nines Team At Keller Williams - Stockton, CA
The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton

Vicky ... so now I have an excuse .... can it be sugar free?  Thanks for sharing an idea that's time has not yet come in my life ... but then there's still time!  Brilliant!

Sep 02, 2012 10:08 AM #36
Amber Boyd
Novus Real Estate - Wylie, TX

Thats funny. I cant believe that it worked. That is amazing! Keep that gum handy at all times. You never know when you might need it again. :) Gotta Love Real Estate. No 2 days are the same haha.

Sep 02, 2012 01:40 PM #37
Kathy Stoltman
Rockwood Realty - Ventura, CA
Ventura County Real Estate Consultant 805-746-1793

I love it, that is really thinking outside of the box!  Thanks for sharing because I was thinking I am the only one that drops keys.

Sep 04, 2012 01:49 AM #38
Vicky Chrisner
Fieldstone Real Estate - Leesburg, VA

Nope, you're not the only one with key troubles.  If I keep writing about them, maybe I could collect my posts and make them a book, "the Lost Key"  (oh, that does make a nice title doesn't it?).  Just yesterday, I was showing a condo and then we went to look at the separate garage. When I went to retun the garage door opener to the 4th story condo in the secured building, I realized I didn't have the condo key.  I figured I must have put it down when I picked up the remote.  I dialed random condos until someone let me in.  I went to the condo.  No key.  So then I had to go back to the garage (where I had dropped the key) to get it and then repeat the entire process again.  Oy.

Sep 04, 2012 01:57 AM #39
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Vicky~ Who knew?  Sounds like an episode of MacGyver!  I'll have to start keeping gum in the emergency kit in my car!

Sep 05, 2012 08:52 AM #40
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

I L♥VE it....I've had to get a local small-handed child get a key between my seats; however, now my car seats move back far enough that I can move them and find the key!

Sep 06, 2012 08:38 PM #41
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