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We Make Furniture.

When bunking in CT, watching the leaves change and anticipating apple picking, what’s the most Leonard and Agnes-y thing you can do?  If you guessed design and build a custom tufted headboard… you guessed right!

So, we set out to create furniture.  A fancy-ass headboard.  We made a shopping list for all the items we’d need:

-1/2″ plywood (home depot will cut the wood to your specifications and you get to keep the scraps
-a bolt of fabric (who knew there were so many choices!?)
-shank buttons (what?)
-2″ finishing nails
-batting (found it at tag sale)
-foam (so very expensive)
-spray glue
upholstery needle (eerily reminiscent of the needle from Pulp Fiction)
-staples (already had em’)
-upholstery thread (you could string up a piano using this stuff)
-and $132 (we were quoted $900 to have this custom-made)

Bound and determined, the duo set up a bench in the garage and got to work.  Leo began plotting measurements on the plywood, where he summoned some high school math to measure out and drill equidistant holes for the buttons.  Agnes and lady Max looked on from their patio furniture and took to delivering beer as Leo measured twice and cut once (swearing from time to time).  Once the mathematical marvel was complete, Agnes sprung to action offering an expertise in spray gluing.

Wood met foam, foam and wood were gift wrapped in a batting/fabric combo, much stapling ensued, pain-staking surgery was performed to thread the buttons through 1/2″ of plywood + 2″ of foam + 1″ of batting and drumroll….the custom-made, handcrafted, tufted headboard of Leonard and Agnes was complete.

us in action:

*shout out: Joann Fabrics, Home Depot, and The Fabric Factory Outlet in Milford, CT

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Agnes and I have crap we don’t want anymore. Combined with my mom in CT we have a pile of crap nobody wants anymore.  How does one gainfully get rid of unwanted crap in New England?  Have a tag sale, duh!

Even before we landed in Shelton we were plotting.  How could continue to avoid the corporate 9-5 lifestyle but make some quick cash to add to our travel fund, like some serious benjamins to keep the adventures coming?

So without further adieu, mostly uh…don’t, here’s Leonard and Agnes’ How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (tag sale edition)…in 5 painstakingly, well thought out steps.

1)  Separate the crap that you can get rid of from the crap your Aunt Thelma gave you every birthday that she’ll notice missing and take offense to.

2) Make some kick-ass signs with letters big enough to read when you’re in the dense fog of the back woods of Connecticut.

3) Dig out a thousand baseball cards, a couple original gameboys, records and garbage pail kids only to find out they’re worth nothing in today’s market.

4)  Check the weather 100 times in the days prior to the event, seeing forecasts of rain, but choosing to forge ahead.

5) Bake 4 dozen cupcakes and expect well wishers to donate money to your travels in exchange for the generic brand and a sticker with your blog on it ($6 total in donations paid for 50% of the cupcake mix and frosting!)

If you follow these easy steps you too can enjoy 8 hours in 55 degree weather, awkward looks from passers by, a man telling you how much he hates London, a pity buy from your next door neighbor, catching up with some colorful characters, lots of coffee, and an overall great time!

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