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Ms. Fix-It, That's Me

When the zipper on my boots broke after a few years, I was worried that they were done for, and I was really upset. Not only were they pretty expensive (decent veggie shoes usually are), but they were my favorites: waterproof, attractive, comfortable…

I couldn’t fix the zipper myself, even with a pair of pliers. There’s a shoe repair place down the street; I was just worried it wouldn’t be worth it. But they replaced the zipper in two days, for $28. Now the boots are as good as new.

Can you tell which one was fixed?

Getting the most life out of the things you own is a huge part of conserving resources. Today it’s often easier to replace than to repair, if only because there aren’t as many places that fix things. The Boston Globe recently had an article talking about local repair shops—everything from TV to furniture. It’s good to keep in mind for the next time we might need to fix something. We recently had a scare with our TV flickering, and if it does die, we’ll definitely look into fixing it before we get a new one.


Comment from Erin aka Conscious Shopper
Time March 10, 2010 at 10:58 pm

I love those boots! Where did you get them?

Comment from Sharon
Time March 11, 2010 at 8:24 am

If your TV dies, you should take our old one before you buy a new one.

Comment from Brenda Pike
Time March 11, 2010 at 9:50 am

Thanks! I got them from Mooshoes. I’m usually a little wary of internet shoe shopping, but shipping is free and they have a good return policy.

Comment from Brenda Pike
Time March 11, 2010 at 9:53 am

Thanks for the offer. What are you doing with it right now?

Our TV’s been really weird lately. Sometimes it will flicker (and click!) and sometimes it’s fine. I’m actually worried it might be electrical surges or something. I should test our outlet with the Kill-a Watt.

Comment from Brenda Pike
Time March 11, 2010 at 10:12 am

I’m developing a new theory that it’s becoming sentient and trying to communicate with us. Have you noticed it only does it when we watch bad reality shows? It’s screaming in pain.

Comment from Jason
Time March 11, 2010 at 10:15 am

Ooops. Jason was signed in as Brenda on his laptop. Brenda is not replying to herself now.

Comment from Brenda Pike
Time March 11, 2010 at 10:27 am

Are you outing my Real Housewives of New York obsession?

Comment from nicole
Time March 11, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Hey! don’t talk bad about Real housewives i love those shows lol

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