Recycle reuse renew, that what reupholsters like do! The recycle reuse renew part was borrowed from the “Little People Series” about recycling, but it really is what reupholsters have been doing for hundreds of years. Reupholstering your furniture is recycling. Taking the old, tired and worn out fabric off and replacing it with a fresh new fabric is a great way to keep your furniture out of the landfill or incinerator. Think of all the greenhouse gases you’ll be keeping out of the atmosphere and all the trees you’ll be saving. More and more, you can update some of the products that go into a piece of furniture with more environmentally friendly products. There are now ECO friendly fabrics made from recycled materials and Soy based foams that can be used. I work with one designer, Susan Shoch, that finds all kinds of design treasures at yard sales and town recycle buildings from Connecticut to Cape Cod. She uses them in her designs and they look great. So when your ready for your next or even your first furniture reupholstery job, why not think of it as a furniture recycling job.
In Massachusetts, paying sales tax on an upholstery job can be confusing. The Department of Revenue regulates upholstery as a “Fabrication”. The total invoice amount is taxed at 5%. Even if the customer supplies the fabric, the labor and supplies are still taxable. The same is true for draperies. Not Taxable are certain repairs and shipping. Click the Department of Revenue page to view the regulation. Read (3) Fabrication and (5e) Specific Applications.
I’d like to say that everything happens in three’s, but this is a short story about two’s. A few times or more a year, I’ll get two pieces of furniture, from two different customers, at pretty much the same time, that are extremely similar to each other. Now, I’m not talking about getting two pieces that are popular items, like two wing chairs. I’m talking about two pieces that are rather uncommon. I have three recent examples:
I just delivered, a day apart, two single size sofa beds, both without a skirt. The single size sofa beds are uncommon enough, but almost all sleep sofa’s have skirts. Both of these did not.
Next, is two sets, of six wooden dining/kitchen chairs, with slip seats. Slip seats are seats that can be unscrewed from the chair frames. Again, two sets, of six wooden dining/kitchen chairs, with slip seats, in the shop at the same time.
And not too long ago, I had two antique Camel Back sofa’s, with four ball and claw feet in the front, each with a single seat cushion. Most Camel Back sofa’s have only 3 legs in the front. These had four and even with ball and claw feet. Ball and claw feet are a more uncommon style of leg and highly sought after in the antique world. Yet again, two of the same uncommon items, one right after the other.
It all seems so Cosmic. What are the chances and why does it happen so often. What makes two separate customers, decide to have similar furniture upholstered in my shop, at the same time. I hope I’m not misquoting, but I think it was George Carlin that use to say, “It’s one of those things that make you say Hmmm”. Leave a comment if you have a Cosmic or logic answer or observation.