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Old 01-28-2004, 05:59 PM   #1
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Lightbulb IKEA fabric CHEAP

After having our hearts set on a groovey blue "Atlantis" patterned cotton/poplin fabric, that we ordered a few yards of, at a cost that would only allow us to cover the tops of the cushions, and find something else for the boxing, and drapes, we went to IKEA during our trip to Chicago, and found excellent heavy weight fabrics for $6.50/yard. Some are plain, and some crazy patterns. But anyone looking should check it out.

Problem being: they don't ship.

Here's the start of our drapes, and the Atlantis fabric that will only ever make it to pillow status.
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screwed up

That is the "atlantis" from Reprodepot, this is from IKEA
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Old 01-28-2004, 06:13 PM   #3
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here we had a TV program about ikea
in india there are childeren working in shops
that makes carpets and other items for ikea
some of those kids where 6 and 7 year old
working 12 hours and more a day under verry bad conditions
after the TV program I never walked in a ikea store again
I rather pay 20 usd than 5 usd if it is made by child labour
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I love the look of the fabric from Reprodepot ...

Reminds me of all those Googie coffee shops in Southern California back in the 50s and 60s.
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Old 01-28-2004, 06:17 PM   #5
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My friends and I have joked about IKEA supporting six-year-olds, because of the low-low prices, just didn't realize it was true!
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Old 01-28-2004, 06:22 PM   #6
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Both fabrics look really groovy. Tomorrow morning, I am meeting a friend of mine who is a designer at a fabric shop and we are going to work on a new bed spread and pillows for the sleeping area.

After that, the next goal is to recover the dinette seats and couch. I will try to post pictures as the project comes along.
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Old 01-28-2004, 06:48 PM   #7
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Nice job on the drapes. I see from your profile that you're an upholsterer. Any free advice for a fellow 'streamer? We have a divan that folds out to a bed in our '52 Cruiser. We want to keep the original fabric. It's intact (one small tear in back), but badly faded on top by the window, and the springs are lumpy. Is it possible to restore such an old fabric? If not, do you know of any places to find a similar fabric? It's a sculpted nylon or something; I'll try to post a photo.
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Old 01-28-2004, 06:55 PM   #8
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child labor

I used to feel the same wayabout supporting child labor until one day, as I was eating, I wondered aloud 'If the kids weren't working, would they be able to eat?" not taking sides, just wonderin'..............
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But do the kids want to work?

Could IKEA (Nike, et al..) help to make these conditions better? Although they are just a buyer they surely could have some influence over these poor working conditions.

I'm with remcolent. If you know of child abuse boycott the seller. If everyone did this I believe working conditions in these countries could improve.

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Old 01-28-2004, 07:38 PM   #10
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Isn't this getting rather far from the topic?

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Want to work?

Scott, I'm not sure that's the question , but rather the NEED to eat. Some of these countries have annual household average salaries that are in the hundreds of dollars, unlike what we enjoy.
While the boycott is going on, does the child get fed?
I do not mean to sound harsh, but rather am humbly thankful for the priviledge to live where we cannot fathom what much of the world does just to EAT.
I see you're in Al- what in the world are we doin' lettin' all this cold air come south?
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Old 01-28-2004, 07:40 PM   #12
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BOYCOTT IKEA

I don't think that's possible, we are furninshing our TIn Can with IKEA - AHHH - I can't listen _ Lies Lies it's all Lies!!!
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Yeah, sorry to open that can of worms>>>
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Hey.... designWize, welcome to the land of the CCD? We resemble that remark!
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It's a good thing

Oh, please don't feel that way, Tin Can!
As a result of IKEA, I'm firmly convinced someone is eating tonight that might not otherwise. As time goes by, hopefully, things in those places will improve through trade with the US (even though it looks like poverty to us, it probably looks like blessings to them)
I'm through,
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Re: It's a good thing

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Oh, please don't feel that way, Tin Can!
As a result of IKEA, I'm firmly convinced someone is eating tonight that might not otherwise. As time goes by, hopefully, things in those places will improve through trade with the US (even though it looks like poverty to us, it probably looks like blessings to them)
I'm through,
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It used to be that way in Mexico, Korea, India, Thailand, etc. The companies go where they can get labor cheap, the standard of living gradually improves in that country because of the influx of trade, (or maybe in spite of it). Eventually the standard of living improves to the point where the children no longer have to work to eat. It may take 20 years or more, but it does get better in time. Not offering an opinion either way, but that is a continuing pattern.
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Well I'm convinced. I can keep driving 5 hours to IKEA, supporting children in foreign countries, supporting the local quick lube, supporting gas stations along the way, and being completely happy with my IKEA life.

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