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Repairing vs. Replacing

By Amanda Wilkes:

We live in a consumer-driven world, one in which buying new has replaced repairing the old. Corporations have been able to offer lower prices than ever before, simply because so many of us are willing to buy the new items. We do this for a couple of reasons …216795331

First, many of us don’t know the first thing about repairing a broken item. Second, we just assume that hiring someone to repair a product will be nearly the same cost as simply replacing it. And last, corporations are able to play off our consumer forward way of thinking — that because it is less expensive than we expected, we assume we are getting a deal! Of course, there are always times when things simply need to be replaced; however, it’s not as often as you think.

Nowadays, we can get degrees online, communicate visually with people around the world, and even stream our favorite TV show straight to our cell phone. Have you ever stopped to consider that you also can learn how to do pretty much anything you need to do simply by looking it up on Google or YouTube? That includes fixing a dishwasher, sewing a ripped pant, or refurbishing an old bathtub.

A year ago my boyfriend and I bought a fixer upper, and I cannot tell you how many times we have cut repairing vs. replacigcosts during our remodel by simply repairing instead of replacing. YouTube has been our go-to site for nearly everything on our fix it list. Now that we have become so accustomed to repairing rather than replacing things around the house, I find myself repairing instead of replacing a variety of other items as well, such as a worn out sandal, a pair of ripped jeans, a stained vase, etc. So the next time you find yourself in need of replacing something, see if you can repair it first. Below I have included several handy repair YouTube videos that I think will surprise you. It’s amazing how much you can repair with a simple video, a few supplies and the willingness to try. All you have to do is search online!

REPAIR a Zipper

REPAIR a Sandal

REPAIR a Dishwasher

REPAIR a Cracked Compact

What have you repaired that you are most impressed with?

About Amanda

Amanda Wilkes is a Southern California native and an avid advocate for the health, happiness, and the well being of the world we live in! She loves teaching, traveling, writing, cooking, and photography. Amanda cannot get enough of being out doors, playing in the sunshine and doing yoga on the beach at sunset. One of her greatest joys is finding a new Farmer's Market or sustainable eatery! She lives in Laguna Niguel, CA with her beloved boyfriend and fur baby. As a teacher, she hopes to empower the youth of today with the ways of tomorrow's future!

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