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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by fatluckys, Nov 24, 2011.

  1. fatluckys
    Joined: Jan 3, 2002
    Posts: 721

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    After years of overworking myself, burning out, dropping out, and roaming the world as self-unemployed upholsterer vagabond I'm officially back in business. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the new home of Fat Lucky's Upholstery (currently a Forever 21 sweatshop).
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    I'm really excited about the move, but I have some serious startup costs, and need to raise a lot of cash fast. Everything here is for sale. If anybody wants anything of mine, come on over and buy it!
     
  2. Harms Way
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
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    Congratulations !,..... Now get back to work, and quit slacking off ! :D
     
  3. 40StudeDude
    Joined: Sep 19, 2002
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    Ok...for those of us that envied your work, and wouldn't mind having some of it ...what the hell is a "Forever 21 sweatshop" and what exactly are you doing and why do you need a cash infusion...???

    R-
     
  4. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 28,419

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    I may be all wrong but I'd be willing to bet some of the items on those work benches are on this website page http://www.forever21.com/Product/Category.aspx?br=f21&Category=acc_handbags&lang=en-US

    A guy's gotta do what a guy's gotta do and that looks like honest work keeping a crew busy in the process.
    Now to win the powerball and show up in Austin with a truck needing an interior and a pocket full of green ones.
     

  5. bonez
    Joined: Jul 16, 2007
    Posts: 3,492

    bonez
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    from Slow lane

    Im positive 99% of the people on this board would like to have their car upholstered by you.
    Now, considering that not everybody can afford it, and that the world is not just the hamb, i guess you have a long list of possible future customers already. Your work is unique and absolutley top notch.
    I bet it wont be long b4 you start pileing up some dough.

    Congrats and wish you best of luck. and i wish to myself to get some extra bags of cash so that i can have some seats done by you....;)
     
  6. fatluckys
    Joined: Jan 3, 2002
    Posts: 721

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    I think Forever 21 must be a girls store in the mall?? Anyway they are moving their operation out at the end of the month and I'm moving from of my home garage and part-time work into my dream shop and real business again. It has all happened very suddenly- I'm not quite financially prepared for the move, but I am ready to work!
     
  7. DRD57
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
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    I have a feeling you'll soon have the funds to cover you expenses from completed work rather than liquidating your stuff.

    You are a very talented craftsman and your work will be in high demand.
     
  8. Never2low
    Joined: Jan 14, 2008
    Posts: 1,136

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    Kickin ass and takin names! Do you get to keep the helpers? Ha!:p Kidding.

    Is the list of garage sale items up to date? If so, I'll take the Round-up shirt and the black HAMB drags one. Let me know.
     
  9. ynottayblock
    Joined: Dec 23, 2005
    Posts: 1,954

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    Glad to see you are back at it full time, love your work
     
  10. Is this dream shop in TX? A sweatshop in the USA? Not to be a di** but I thought all sweatshops were in Southeast Asia, China, and India. Mexico is too expensive now.The workers have gotten smart enought to know they were getting hosed and have started to demand higher wages and better working conditions. Good Luck. I would love to have a tonnoue cover done if I could afford it some day.
     
  11. Marcy
    Joined: Apr 6, 2004
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    Looks like a beautiful building---LA?

    Congrats


    Marcy
     
  12. slammed
    Joined: Jun 10, 2004
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    slammed
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    Look's to be a start of a line of apparel. Good luck son. What's a writer do?
     
  13. bobbleed
    Joined: May 11, 2001
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    bobbleed
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    from Awesome

    Good luck man!
     
  14. fatluckys
    Joined: Jan 3, 2002
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    Actually the temperature in the building is perfect. I just like to say 'sweatshop'. Yeah, I'm moving to LA (where I have been living unofficially about 70% of the time anyway). I still have my house and home shop in Austin, and a ton of work to do here, so there will be lots of back and forth from CA to TX for a while.
     
  15. travisfromkansas
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
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    from Gypsum, KS

    Congrats and good luck on the new venture, don't forget to come back to KS sometime for another backroads run through the hills.
     
  16. brigrat
    Joined: Nov 9, 2007
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    from Wa.St.

    Has anybody approached you about a reality show? Not that it would be a good or bad thing but maybe some quick cash!
     
  17. -Brent-
    Joined: Nov 20, 2006
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    I'm saving my pennies for a FatLucky interior in my coupe, which is still in parts. I'm not joking, $50 a pay period goes into an Ing account. After I saw the Silva Special, Big Olds, and then finally the gold/black Buick, I knew that'd be the only way to get something like that for the coupe.

    Good luck with the start-up!
     
  18. fatluckys
    Joined: Jan 3, 2002
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    Not quite a reality show, and off-topic here, but this is what I did this summer- some short road trip films in collaboration with Mercedes Benz, along with some photo work and writing for the Mercedes Benz magazine-http://www.fatluckys.com/?p=1125
     
  19. Bass
    Joined: Jul 9, 2001
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    from Dallas, TX

    You could have a shop at the North Pole and people would still seek you out for interiors.

    Congratulations on the new shop! I have several things coming up for you to do, so don't get too busy! Hahaha.
     
  20. Every big city has a garment district. LA has a huge one, full of sweatshops with hundreds of illegals busily sewing away, too afraid of La Migra to say much of anything. I guess I'd rather buy clothes made here than sending my money to the enemy and his child/convict labor force. Good to see someone move in and make an honest living, producing a quality product.
     
  21. BubbaLuv
    Joined: Jul 7, 2002
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    from Denton, Tx

    congrats sean. im looking forward to one day paying you to do my interior.
    b
     
  22. good luck on the new building!!!
     
  23. stude_trucks
    Joined: Sep 13, 2007
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    Lucky, if I can afford it, maybe I can get in line for a leather redo of my truck bench seat with matching arm rests. I'm not quite ready in my build for it yet, but maybe I can tackle it earlier before I really can't afford your work if not already can't. Only trick is getting it down and back somehow. But, it is just 2 bench cushions and 2 small arm rests. PM me if interested.
     
  24. Boones
    Joined: Mar 4, 2001
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    from Kent, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    congrats on the new sweatshop... hopefully you have some backlog of work to get you going.

    wish you were closer, plan to redo the interior on my 51 after the first of the year..
     
  25. farmer12
    Joined: Aug 28, 2006
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    congratulations on your new store!
     
  26. fatluckys
    Joined: Jan 3, 2002
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    Thanks guys. It's gonna be so nice to get out of my 500 square foot garage. I miss having space to work. The last couple years I've been really limited on what I can do... I barely have room for a car now, let alone any equipment. I can't wait to have some room to grow and go to town on some upholstery jobs again!
     
  27. Brickster
    Joined: Nov 23, 2003
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    I hope you and JG don't stop what you've been doing. When I read or view your trips bringing those mercs back to LA it sounds like you guys have more fun than anybody I know. I also can't wait to see the creative things to come out of your new shop. Congrats.

    Brick
    Cline street and Alta
     
  28. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
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    Congrats!

    As for being underfunded for the start up;
    That looks like a pretty big shop. Though I'm sure you'll eventually use every square foot for your business and cars, consider subleting a portion/back of the shop to another tradesman (one year lease?) to help you make ends better meet while you things up to speed.

    Obviously, to coexist with auto upholstery, it would have to be "clean" work or simply office space. Another option would be for indoor classic car storage.
     
  29. Hogman
    Joined: Nov 22, 2011
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    from Dallas, TX

    congrats and welcome back.
     
  30. fab32
    Joined: May 14, 2002
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    Member Emeritus

    Thanks for checking in and letting us know your still around. Your fortunate in the fact you don't have to establish a reputation, just get settled and start producing.

    Frank
     

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