As a history columnist and general fan of old stuff, be they facts or material items, I tend to keep up with things you can do to delve into Boston’s local history. However, I recently came into a new hobby, metal detecting, entirely by accident and with the help of a local business. Dennis Gareau of Metaldetectors.com helped me find the right product from his wide array of metal detectors with a level of enthusiasm and kindness that not only convinced me that I was missing out on an amazing hobby, but that metal detectors (the products and the people, especially) are cool! Believe me, it was a bad day and the Metaldetectors.com store in Rockland, MA made it much better.
My husband and I were spending a bit of time with our nephews when my husband realized his wedding ring was gone. He flew into a panic, as it obviously holds meaning for us, but it’s also made from his grandmother’s wedding ring. We narrowed it down and realized he must have lost it at Nantasket Beach in Hull, MA. I suggested we buy a metal detector and go search for the spot where we believe he lost it. However, we had no idea where to find a metal detector. My nephew, though, he knew of a place very close by and led us straight to it. Seriously, what are the odds he would know of a store that specifically sells metal detectors just a few streets away?
The store turned out to be the Metaldetectors.com store. It is in Rockland Center near the Fire Department. Look closely or you will miss it like I had dozens of times before. When we walked in, a small group of what must have been regulars was heading out the door. Dennis Gareau came over and introduced himself to us (including the kids) right away! We explained the problem and he stopped one of the regulars and introduced us. It turned out, the man we passed coming in the store frequents Nantasket Beach with his metal detector. I could tell my husband was starting to get a bit more hopeful, and that we had come to the right place.
We obtained a very kind promise that our new friend would look for the missing ring when he was at the beach next. The more metal detectors looking, the better, right? Once that was done, we set about trying to purchase a beginner metal detector. Dennis knew that we weren’t looking for a state-of-the-art machine and didn’t try to oversell us even once. He went straight for several metal detectors that are clearly for beginners and much lower priced than the big boys on the wall. I felt like he was genuinely trying to help us find a ring, not make a massive sale out of a couple of panic-stricken newlyweds.
We settled on a nice little metal detector. Dennis invited me to sit down to make the purchase and told my husband to start putting the machine together right on the spot, in case he needed some help. He was so helpful and generous with his time and expertise that we were both feeling a sense of relief and hope. Dennis even directed my nephews to a display case of neat finds near the front of the store. It worked to get us all more interested in metal detecting. The boys were especially fond of a small sword.
Metal detecting fans looking to purchase anything from a low-priced beginner detector to a high-end detector will find it at the Metaldetectors.com store. We saw dozens of machines while we there. Dennis even had a historic detector that I believe he said was from the 1940s, but don’t quote me on the date. Something tells me this is the place you go to talk about metal finds, metal detectors and cool places to detect in the area. Pop in and see for yourself. Even if you’re not in the market for new equipment, you can check out the display case to see what’s new.
The night after we purchased a metal detector from Dennis, we went to the beach to search for the ring. The very man we met at the metal detectors store was there looking for it! The next day, Dennis informed us that he got yet another man on the job. I’m sad to report that none of us has found the ring yet, but that hope is still there. It’s nice to know there is a team of treasure hunters looking for something so important to you. We’ve even found a few coins, mostly pennies, pieces of lobster traps, an old nail and a lot of bottle caps. My nephews are still holding out for a sword. I’m holding out for something a bit smaller.