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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.

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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).

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

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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.

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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?"

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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.

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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.

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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.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/2405+St+John+St,+Greenville,

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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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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Declining
« on: March 06, 2018, 10:43:42 AM »
Most of us understand pricing.
But here's what I don't understand. Folks making good money but instead offer you so little to do a job - it's insulting. Like, not really enough for materials...............Remember, I don't use a store front.
I really think that most people don't even view upholstery as a viable trade anymore. They view us as hobbyists. Especially the ones that work from home, and don't have a commercial store front.

Recently, I quoted a man $475 to replace the foam cores in his cushions. He paused for a moment, and then asked "Would you do it for $80?"  I told him that $80 wouldn't even cover the cost of the foam. He said "OK, I'll pay whatever the foam cost, but not a penny more". The notion of factoring a profit into the equation never even occurred to him.

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General Discussion / Re: Photos
« on: March 05, 2018, 05:32:46 PM »
So how did you do it?

Click on the "Share" icon.
Then right-click and copy the linked marked "Thumbnails for forums"
Paste the link here

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General Discussion / Re: Death of a forum
« on: March 05, 2018, 03:02:14 PM »
on a forum i can ask a question and will get referred to a post where the subject has been discussed till the cows come home and then I can ask for more info, can't really do that on facebook can you? Information just gets lost!   
FB does have a search feature. But you just have to guess at the right keywords to find an old thread. It's easier to pull up an archived thread on forums like this one. Once a thread has been covered up on FB, it's hard to find it again. That's why the same questions get re-cycled about once a month.

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General Discussion / Re: Photos
« on: March 05, 2018, 02:43:42 PM »
https://postimg.org/image/56c259uu7/

Took me 5 minutes to do that, couldn't figure out how to do a thumbnail


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General Discussion / Re: Death of a forum
« on: March 05, 2018, 09:46:04 AM »
I was part of a facebook page,  https://www.facebook.com/groups/582682581756217/   upholsterers friendly forum. Bit of the blind leading the blind, run by someone who did a 2 week course and "upcycles' furniture. There are a lot of upholsterers from all over the world on the page and some really good ones, but they don't hang around as they get a bit sick of being told the right way to do it  by someone who has done a weekend course, taught by someone who did the 2 week course.:-)), it was base in England but had quite a few Americans in it also.
Good to hear from you again.

I belong to that forum, as well as a few others. The problem I see with the Upholsterer's Friendly Forum, is that countries like the UK, and Australia are jam packed with traditional method upholsterers that can sometimes be resentful of newbies that just watched a video on Youtube, or just polished off a 2-week course somewhere. Things do get "less than friendly" at times.

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General Discussion / Re: Photos
« on: March 05, 2018, 09:37:00 AM »
Pasting links from other websites has never been the problem. Our problem is posting a personal photo that we wouldn't want to upload on our own websites.

www.postimage.org still has thumbnails that you can right-click and paste here. Let me know if you get hit with ads (I don't see any on my end). After creating an account and uploading your pic to postimage, you have to click on the "share" icon, and then right click and copy the "thumbnail for forums" link.



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