While we’re on the subject of how you learned auto upholstery, let’s all tip our hats to Gary Childress of Auto Top & Trim Shop in Reidsville, North Carolina. After suffering a stroke in August that left him unable to live on his own or drive, Childress has decided to close his 30-year-old shop and move to Shelby to partner with his son, Sandy, in opening Kustom Auto Trim & Tops.
North Carolina’s News & Record writes:
After graduating from Surry Central High School in Dobson, Childress worked at his brother-in-law’s upholstery shop.
Eventually, Childress took a job in Winston-Salem putting vinyl tops on automobiles. He and his employer often came to Reidsville to work.
When Childress suggested they open a shop in Reidsville, they formed a partnership and opened a shop at the corner of Harrison and South Scales streets.
About a year later, Childress’ partner decided that he didn’t like traveling back and forth, and he sold Childress the shop. […]
He does about any kind of interior work on cars, Childress said. His reputation has brought business from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia and Florida.
Since he has worked on “hundreds of them,” Childress can’t recall one specific car that he really enjoyed working on.
“There’s been too many to remember,” he said. “I just like taking the old ones and making them look good.”
Usually when someone had refurbished a car and needed upholstery, Childress was their choice.
“I am going to miss all the car guys,” Childress said. “Many have become close friends, and we enjoy talking cars.” [more]
Best of luck to both Gary and Sandy Childress in their new endeavor. We wish Gary a speedy recovery and many long years of trimming the cars he loves.