Photograph by: Carol Stewart
ark and Wanda Alexander take the “mom weekends ﬁlled with youth sports, church outings,
& pop” part of their small business quite four-wheeling, even the occasional date night.
literally. That’s why TNJ Trailers is open “Life is too short to spend it all at work,” Wanda
to a bustling business Monday through says, but during the week she pours herself into the
8825 Augusta Road Friday but closed—except by appointment—on business she founded in 1989 with her late father
864.243.4214 “Big Jim” Bagwell. TNJ—which stands for “Trailers
Others might focus on potential lost sales from Not Junk”—is the Upstate’s preferred dealership for
www.tnjtrailers.com such an arrangement, but Wanda worried about commercial, residential and recreational trailers
Trailer Sales & Service losing something else. “I was 11 years into this as well as parts and accessories; its full-service
business and working every Saturday when my shop specializes in maintenance, brake controllers,
daughter said, ‘Mama, you spend more time with hitches and customizations.
those trailers than with me.’” TNJ’s hours changed Dedicated to “selling the best and servicing
right then. the rest,” TNJ caters to roofers, landscapers,
The Alexanders’ Brady Bunch-style family—ﬁve contractors, motorcyclists—indeed, anyone who
grown children and four gregarious grands—means has anything to haul.
6 behind the counter | 2012