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Material Boy

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    I buy and sell different kinds of materials.
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    Goodwood 7460, Cape Town
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  1. Calico Wanted Can be any size or weight. Width: Any Weight: Any Colour: Natural Notes: Must be calico and not a similar looking fabric such as cotton duck.
  2. I came from the mall and I saw that a clothing shop, food shop (Pie City I think) and a pet shop closed down. I'm just curious, is any business making more (or even the same) profit than what they were making before lockdown? I've heard that even people in the medical industry are taking pay cuts to keep the companies afloat. What is going on, is it the extra expense of doing business or what?
  3. With South Africa's economy in the doldrums with no end in sight do you guys think mothers will start using more and more washable cloth nappies rather than disposable nappies?
  4. Also stipulate your preference (e.g. merino) to maintain consistency in your product.
  5. Hi @Boy The way I see it you have three choices for that design: Sheepskin (natural top and bottom) Sheepwool (natural top, synthetic bottom) Fake fur (synthetic top and bottom) Sheepskin is the most expensive as it is the actual skin of the sheep after it has been slaughtered, sheepwool is cheaper as it is the sheared wool of the sheep attached to a synthetic base and fake fur the cheapest is made in a factory and usually used in cheap slippers like the grandpa slippers you say you don't want to make. Any slipper made from anything less than 100% sheepskin will sell for less than the real deal. Then all you will have is a cheaper alternative rather than a comparative product that is cheaper. You can look at reducing the cost other parts of the slipper such as using a cheaper sole but that is such a negligible part of the overall cost compared to the sheepskin that it might only shave a tiny fraction off. The reason it's so expensive is that it is quite a labour intensive matter to cure, clean and process the raw skin and not many people do it and those people usually have buyers lined up whether export, medical use, rugs, underblankets, slippers, car seat covers etc. (although I don't know if many people still use it on car seats outside of pimps and drug dealers). It's not like offcuts is readily available as the smaller pieces as even small pieces are turned into stuff like bicycle seat covers. Even if you can procure under current circumstances at a lower price, it won't last as soon as things get back to normal, you won't be able to get it at same price and your cost advantage will diminish and ultimate your businesses whole value proposition with it. I know more or less what sheepskin cost at tanneries and it's not cheap. You might want to look into other aspects of your business such as marketing as it's not something that you can just buy from the abattoir and process yourself the equipment, space and time required to properly process the skin is beyond the effort a manufacturer will take (unless this looks like something you want to do). However if you are making R100 per pair and you can make and sell enough in a day then you might very well have a business. Ask @Admin top make the footwear page (https://www.sb2sb.com/draft/footwear/) live over here and post a business lead to see if you can get a constant supply at a good price.
  6. I have assembled a Cloth Face Mask Business Kit, based on the Olson mask design. Kit makes 1000 masks Material to make 1000 three layer masks (2x material layer and 1x filter layer), in white and black (I can add other colours/patterns if needed) Filters to make 1000 masks Thin coated wire for 1000 masks Elastic for 1000 masks (You have to cut materials yourself). A few spools of all purposes thread, enough to make 1000 masks. Priced to spec: R5 per mask. R5000. Link to listing. Send me a PM or reply via Email to listing.
  7. I have looked at using various wire including jewellery wire, vape wire and binding wire. Jewellery wire is the cheapest starting at R2 per meter but hard to source now, vape wire too expensive starting at R7.50 per meter (R75 for 10m) for 24 gauge (also not being sold now) and thin binding wire is pricey as well (most binding wire was too thick that I saw). Twist tie wire is both significantly cheaper than the others I looked at and it has a protective covering which is not as soft as a pipe cleaner but with the masks material covering it works well.
  8. Looking at the bill of materials I think a price guide of R5 in materials per mask is not unachievable, the widest part of the face fabric is 17cm, that will give you around 5 and a half masks per square meter of material. Here are the patterns on roughly 1m2 of material: As for output, based on this video of a simpler design, where the presenter is not talking most of the time but actually sewing, 5 minute per mask also seems reasonable. But let's work on 10 masks per hour. As for the financials, R5 bill of materials per mask, 10 masks per hour and a wholesale price of R15 (based on a minimum quantity) and retail price of R25, puts enough meat on the bone for both manufacturer selling wholesale and retailer (R10 / R10). I am busy putting together a bulk manufacturing kit containing all the materials to manufacture masks, just add your sewing machine and skills.
  9. Attention all coffee roasters! Let me take all the empty hessian sacks in off your factory floor. Large quantities only. Willing to do weekly or monthly collections depending on availability. Cape Town area
  10. @Admin Textile business as well please: https://www.sb2sb.com/draft/textile/
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