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General Discussion / Membership drive
« on: March 16, 2018, 04:54:12 PM »
We could generate new interest in the forum if everyone would recruit just ONE new member.

I'll start.........please welcome dsuptx. Some of you on the FB groups already know her.

Well......my work is done here. Now it's up to the rest of you lazy loafers.

General Discussion / Re: Marshel Spring Unit Cushions
« on: March 14, 2018, 09:52:12 PM »
So is the refinisher going to use all organic?

General Discussion / Re: Marshel Spring Unit Cushions
« on: March 13, 2018, 12:50:16 PM »
The stuff I use is a cotton/poly blend. I wouldn't even know where to get 100% felted cotton anymore.

General Discussion / Re: Marshel Spring Unit Cushions
« on: March 13, 2018, 11:57:22 AM »
Does anyone know if the compressing tool that Buckminster uses is a custom built piece?
It's called a Lochner cushion stuffer. In the old days before foam became the cushion of choice, most all shops had a Lochner. They're great for stuffing cotton wrapped Marshall units, but don't work too well on today's thick foam cores.

I had one back in the 80's. It had worn parts that were no longer in production. When I moved, I sat it out by the curb.

Then last year, I came to work one morning to find one sitting in front of my shop. Someone nearby was clearing out an old building, and thought I might want it. I've used it a few times on spring unit cushions. But since I do 99% foam nowadays, I really can't justify the enormous space it occupies. If you want it, come get it.

General Discussion / Re: Marshel Spring Unit Cushions
« on: March 12, 2018, 10:29:19 PM »
Many of the older sofas were designed for Marshall units, and foam cushions just won't lay right.

I was always apprehensive about doing them. But they always seem to work out way easier than I expected. Like you, I worried about bunching. But for whatever reason, it just doesn't seem to happen. I bring the zipper around the sides, and wrap the whole unit with black bottom to make stuffing easy. I really don't have to suck it down.

However....... You said the customer is way in to natural. Well she won't get it from me. I use a cotton/poly blend.

General Discussion / Re: Moray Fabric
« on: March 11, 2018, 01:56:43 AM »
$200/yd was wholesale. We learned later he did not mark up the fabric. We were standing right there when he placed the order. He used the customers credit card to do it. I know, weird.
I guess that idea never occurred to me. Just order everything on the customer's credit card. Guess it would simplify my tax returns.

General Discussion / Re: Moray Fabric
« on: March 10, 2018, 11:46:56 AM »
I'd probably be retired by now if I could've just learned to act more flamboyant.

Remember Anna Nicole's TV show? She had that flamboyant designer named Gary Trendy. I thought about changing my name to Dennis Trendy, and propping my arm on my hip a lot. I bet I would've had all the female customers just shoving money at me.

General Discussion / Re: Most difficult or challenging project
« on: March 09, 2018, 05:22:58 PM »
Nothing really comes to mind. But then I've never taken on work that was out of my comfort zone.

I have a few regular customers that like to play fast and loose with that word "challenge".
What they call a challenge, I call a money loser. I've never been afraid to just say no.

Sure, some jobs are more tedious and time consuming than others. But I wouldn't say more challenging.
If it's something that I just simply don't know how to do, I pass on it. I don't need the educational experience (I already know how to lose money).

General Discussion / Re: Friday funny
« on: March 09, 2018, 12:28:22 PM »
Your Chinese accent is spot on.

General Discussion / Re: Scrap Material
« on: March 09, 2018, 09:48:45 AM »
Its also funny the customers who have a remnant closet. They could spend hours showing us all their fabric. Every time they pull one out they say, I don't know what I'm going to do with this.
Yeah, there's just something about putting it back in the closet and letting it "mellow" for a few more years that makes it more desirable.

General Discussion / Re: Friday funny
« on: March 09, 2018, 09:05:42 AM »
A man and a woman are undressing in front of each other for the first time.

As he takes off his shoes and socks, she notices that his toes are badly deformed. She asks "What happened to your toes?"
He tells her "I had a childhood disease called Tolio". She replies "Don't you mean Polio?"
"No" the man says. "Tolio. It only affects the toes".

Then as he pulls his pants down, she sees that his knees are badly discolored. So she asks what happened to them.
He says "I also had another childhood disease called Neasels".
"Don't you mean Measels?" she asks. "No......it's called Neasels because it only affects the knees".

Then he pulls off his boxers, and the woman bursts into laughter. "Don't tell me.....let me guess......Smallcox?"

General Discussion / Re: Scrap Material
« on: March 08, 2018, 12:49:44 PM »
The ugly remnants, I use to line the outsides or tack over springs.
The nicer remnants, I keep under the counter. Customers with small items will usually choose one rather than order from the books.

I find some uses for foam scraps, but eventually you just have to purge.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Declining
« on: March 08, 2018, 10:50:21 AM »
Dennis, what a cool and classic neighborhood there. Is Lee St. the main drag?
Lee St. is the OLD main drag. All the fast food joints and major retail moved a few miles southward toward the interstate highway many years ago. But downtown has seen quite a resurgence in the last 10-15 years. A few upscale restaurants and the dinner theater I mentioned. But aside from a couple of upscale boutique shops, still not much retail. Mainly the courthouse surrounded by lawyers and bail bondsmen........and oh yeah.....an upholstery shop.

If you got a great steak in Dallas, you must've paid an arm and a leg for it. All the steak places that I can think of on an upholsterer's budget are pretty mediocre.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Declining
« on: March 08, 2018, 09:22:25 AM »
And sofa, what is your biz name so I can look that up?

This Google street view pic is from 2013 when a lot of construction was going on all around me. I'm now located around the corner from a ritzy dinner theatre. The entertainers park across the street from my shop. A few have wandered in over the years. I've met Roy Clark, Barbara Eden, Shirley Jones, Rick Springfield, and members of Quiet Riot, and the Village People. Billy Bob Thornton talked to me from across the street, but wouldn't come in. I read on Wikipedia that in addition to his many quirks, he has a deep rooted fear of antique furniture.

BTW It's called Payne's Upholstery because that was my mother's name after she remarried. When she passed, I just left it that way. My name is Dennis Locke.

I get wonderful exposure from this location, and my property taxes are only $1500 a year. The building is 2700 sq. ft. My electric bill (including water, sewer, and trash) is around $150 in the winter, and $225 in the summer. If I had to deal with some of the property values that you guys in other states have to deal with, you'd better believe I'd be working out of my garage.


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Declining
« on: March 07, 2018, 02:38:38 PM »
This is another topic that we've talked into the ground before, but here goes again anyway.

There are pros and cons to commercial building vrs. home-based upholstery business.

True, I have more expenses with a building. Property taxes, insurance, and commercial utility rates.
But I also generate income from walk-ins that I wouldn't otherwise. My fabric sales alone more than covers the building expenses.

So which way makes more sense for a small upholstery shop? It's probably a wash. With a building, you make more but you also spend more.

The main thing I like about having a store front........I never have to "shake the bushes" for work. It finds me.

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