How I Am Saving $665

fabric_rolls.jpgAs most of you know, I am trying to get my own business, Aria Interactive, up and running. So far, the only out of pocket expenses have been the business license and the crappy business cards from Staples. I already own all the equipment I need and I have all the software (for billing, etc) so I am good to go. What you might not know, however, is that my wife runs her own business as well.

She started Buttercup Mercantile a few years ago, and recently started her Buttercup 149 site to bring in more alteration and sewing work. Over the years she has been saving money, buying the industrial machines she needs to perform specific types of jobs and gathering all of the different sewing supplies, notions and attachments. She has things I didn’t even know they made, let alone used, on sewing machines. One thing she doesn’t have is a place to store her rolls of fabric (like you see at the fabric stores where they are on giant dowels placed strategically so you will run your hands down the fabric as you look at it).

She found one in a catalog that was $700!!! $700 bucks for a rack that would hold a few bolts of fabric until she needed to cut them. Well, we couldn’t justify the $700 even before I was laid off, so we sure as heck cannot justify it now. So I designed one for her that is super awesome and cool.

I will be putting it all together tomorrow, but all we needed for the design was three two-by-fours, three “dowels”, and three sets of closet rod “holders”. The first task will be fastening the two-by-fours six feet apart, from the rafters. Well, actually, in the basement they are floor beams haha. Anyway, once I attach those two, I will attach the third at the bottom for support, and then I will use my handy-dandy drill and mount the closet rod holders in strategic locations.

The guy at Home Depot really helped us out when he suggested electrical conduit (which just happened to be the size of the closet rods). The price difference was amazing. The closet rod size dowel, made of pine, was $2.04 per foot! A six foot piece would run $12.24. The electrical conduit is 10 feet long and is only $6.37. You can’t beat that.

So, tomorrow, instead of putting together a $700 rack I will be putting together a much handier (because it will hang from the ceiling at the end of her cutting table) and cheaper (we’re talking $35 bucks people) rack. Oh, and there is a bonus. The left over 4 foot sections of conduit? Perfect for storing ribbons, trims, elastic and other sewing goodies. Yes, the Home Depot guy even suggested THAT.

Now I am off to watch Survivor, CSI, CSI-NY (two eps) and then collapse into bed.

2 thoughts on “How I Am Saving $665

  1. I’d be interested in seeing a pic of the $35 rack, that sounds pretty ingenious! BTW, the link to buttercup149 appears to have a typo in it, takes people to (note the double “.com”).

    Good luck with Aria Interactive (is there really a large blank space at the top of the page, or is it just my browser being brain-dead?).

    • Thanks for the heads up on the typo. I will be posting a few photos of the rack as soon as I get it finished.

      The top of the page at Aria Interactive has a nice Flash header on it, so maybe your browser is just not showing it to you? Hmmm.

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