Chapulhuacan Furniture Factory
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January 2nd, 2007 – by: geokid
Roadside furniture factory along the Pam-American Highway. I really enjoy stopping at these type of places. Due to the size of these objects I was only able to buy the smallest of round top tables. I wanted the Tiki Bar!!! Many times these types of businesses are complete "wildcat". They don't own the land or pay rent. They set up shop in a widest part of the shoulder as near an intersection as possible. They set up house a well and they get to work on their product. This place was particularly primitive. They were providing what power they needed with an electric generator. One of their drill presses was powered by a stationary bike. I should say a bike that they made stationary. The construction was simple, 1 to 2 inch diameter limbs of a local soft wood, nails and some flexible vine materials.This was a very well organized factory. They had 6 different work stations. Each 2 work stations shared a helper that kept them supplied with raw materials and moved the complete components on to the next work station. You never know what to expect when you stop at one of these places, some will have such an aggressive sales person that you run back to your truck to escape, or you will find some that make no sales pitch at all because they are already selling all they can make. I feel it is always worth the stop, there are limitless up-side opportunities and you are buying directly from the people that need the money. There is no middle man, no wholesaler, no advertising budget.
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