One of the main characters that returns in every book is the Ragman. He is Sam's uncle, and has his workshop in the front of the Mouse Mansion. Sam and Julia regularly visit him.
The Ragman collects old rags, paper and metal in his workshop. Every day he goes door to door with a cart to collect. His call is well known: 'Rags, rags, who want to get rid of their rags?'. Sometimes someone answers his call: 'Wait! I have some garbage you can have'. The Ragman will stop and take the items. 'Garbage doesn't exist!' he always reminds the mice, because for every material the Ragman knows a second life.
Sam and Julia loves visiting the Ragman. He taught them how to sort the different materials. Sometimes Sam and Julia climb on a huge piles of old paper, and fish out books or newspapers. Sometimes they are over twenty years old!
Every now and then, the Ragman gets stuff that is still to beautiful to recycle. He passes the furniture and books on to his brother, whom deals in antiques. And sometimes he will let Sam and Julia sell some things to earn some extra pocket money. That's how Sam and Julia learn about the history of things!
Did you know that the Mouse Mansion was built from recycled materials? We live by the Ragman's motto: Garbage doesn't exist!