. . .uh, literally!
A local business owner bought my luggage shelves from the antique mall and then contacted me about creating some more for her–
but she wanted to buy WHOLESALE.
Thanks lady. Apparently I am to build everything for charity now, huh-?
I decided to visit her store to talk face to face about why I can’t, but she caught me off guard with the proposition of at least making two more from a pair of suitcases she already had—hmmm. . .
I charge $30 an hour for general things, but again, she caught me off guard and I forgot to include materials (dang it) !
And here’s the problem. . . .
The suitcases were fake leather and did nOt cut well. In fact, the material kept “shredding” and I could never get a clean edge–even after numerous (failed) fixes. So with THaT consuming problem, fitting interior cripples, cutting a to-fit backboard, gluing it up and permanently closed, all the finish details and the ribbon I ultimately ended up buying to cover the rough cuts/edges, I ended up with almost 2½ hrs into each case. AND materials!
Certainly NOT worth $30 each. A charity job.
~Ordinarily, this whole job would take me a smidge over an hour, plus materials. But apparently I pick better quality suitcases!
She didn’t seem to feel any “INEQUITY” in this and actually HAD ANOTHER SUITCASE FOR ME TO DO-!
Do I have an “S” on my forehead-?
Now the other part of this story is that my sense of pride in craftsmanship would nEVer let me send something mediocre, less-than, half-done on its way. There’s NO WAY I could ever do just the basics and make her finish the job– “trim” for the bad edges or clean them–and they were disgusting…
which=MORE of MY TIME, but that’s me.
N o t q u i t e, come back tomorrow for an “alternative” ending! ; D