Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mamie's Alteration Shop: A Photo Essay

For about three years now I've been getting my pants hemmed at Mamie's Alteration Shop in Loganville (and, at five-foot-five, I have to get all my pants hemmed before I can wear them; they don't make pants for guys as short as me). I've been intrigued by Mamie's for some time now, and when I went in this afternoon to take a pair of my wife's pants that needed fixing, I got up the nerve to ask the owner, Henry Buff, Jr., if I could take some pictures of him and his shop. He said yes, so for the next twenty minutes or so, I made portraits of him and his shop and talked to him about his business.

Mamie's has been in the same spot for forty-nine years now, except for a few years when he moved to Atlanta. Most of the sewing machines are older than that; Mr. Buff has been using the same machines since he opened up, but he bought them used back then. They are beautiful old Singer machines; I'd like to go back and take more pictures of them one day.

1 comment:

cathy said...

Those are great photos. I love his crisp white shirt and the glorious rainbow of thread in some of the photos!