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Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5426)
Tue, 21st Oct '08 5:12 PM


My granddaughter's backpack needs the strap sewn back on. We had one shoe/canvas repairman in town. I called him and he said he quit a few months ago.

Everyone wears tennis shoes or sandals and no one fixes shoes any more.

Disposable shoes. How sad.

Chyenn  (Level: 210.7 - Posts: 1332)
Tue, 21st Oct '08 5:16 PM

we've become a 'disposable' society. and quality is no longer "job 1".... very sad indeed

Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Tue, 21st Oct '08 5:17 PM

Funny you should mention that Pat, just last night I noticed that I needed a new thingymajig on the bottom of my heel.. and then thought, "now where the he** am I going to get that fixed? there's no shoe repair stores around anymore"

Asdibbens  (Level: 159.4 - Posts: 423)
Tue, 21st Oct '08 5:17 PM

That is sad.

But the disposable shoe remark reminds me of the World War II oral history program that I produced for a local NPR affiliate. One woman, who is now in charge of a large granting organization, was just a child when the war started. She vividly recalled a pair of purple paper shoes that she loved. I had never heard of paper shoes before that.

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5426)
Tue, 21st Oct '08 5:22 PM

Never heard of paper shoes either. I remember putting newspapers in the bottom of my shoes when they got holes in the bottom but shoes weren't paper.

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Tue, 21st Oct '08 5:23 PM

Before I quit driving a truck before retitring, I paid the local shoe-repair guy $38.00 for new soles and heels on my work boots.
There are shoe-repair guys all over up here, most are have their own shops but they can be found in hotels and office buildings. I bought a pair of work shoes at Sears for $85.00 and had them re-soled and heeled twice for $38.00 each time. I actually wore those boots for over five years and they wore like house slippers with steel toes in them.

Asdibbens  (Level: 159.4 - Posts: 423)
Tue, 21st Oct '08 5:28 PM

It surprised me when I heard her say it. I didn't do that particular interview, but I did see her later and asked about it, whether I had heard it right. She said yes, but I don't remember what her explanation was on how they were made. Must have had some sort of coating on them to make them more durable and resistant to water though.

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Tue, 21st Oct '08 5:35 PM

I was born at the end of the war but I do remember PF Flyer gym (or tennis) high-topped shoes that had canvas sides and tops and just rubber soles and heels. If you wore them to school when it rained, you got wet feet and usually wound up sick.

Sargon  (Level: 112.9 - Posts: 1256)
Tue, 21st Oct '08 5:50 PM

When is the last time you have seen someone darn socks?

Is it possible to find a watch repairman?

Unless it is a high end model it never makes sense to repair inkjet printers.

Nelly  (Level: 181.0 - Posts: 1167)
Tue, 21st Oct '08 6:02 PM

Sargon - We have a very good friend who is a time-served horologist servicing and repairing clocks and watches in a small shop for a fair price, but I don't know of anyone else! It seems most places now send things off to be repaired (if at all)! It's hard when you're not used to living in a 'throw away' society.

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Tue, 21st Oct '08 6:03 PM

LOL, I had teenage boys -- I was loathe to touch them, let alone darn their socks!

Lucimoore  (Level: 194.3 - Posts: 1738)
Tue, 21st Oct '08 6:20 PM

Gosh do I feel old. I still darn socks (rag variety mostly). I have a wooden "egg" that opens in the middle and I keep a needle and thimble inside. It belonged to the woman who took care of me and cleaned our house. She taught me how to iron clothes and yes I still starch and iron blouses, dress shirts and even my husband's handerchiefs. (I do not iron his underwear but have heard of people who do iron those things) And, I still patch jeans contrary to the popular style. I saw a pair of jeans at A & F with holes all over that cost way in excess of a hundred bucks. Just can't see that. I still take shoes to Billy's Shoe Repair and my Birkinstocks are about 12 years old now. Had to have the buckle put back on twice and a gromet replaced. The soles actually can be replaced. I'm not cheap really just frugal and the silly things fit just right and are so comfortable. I take watches to a repair shop just for watches. My dad used to take his railroad watch there about every six months or so to have it cleaned, set and adjusted.

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5426)
Tue, 21st Oct '08 7:50 PM

Good news! I found a lady who does alterations and sewing and she fixed my granddaughter's backpack while we waited. She only charged $2.

The seamstress said she is getting a lot of mending to do, probably because of the economy. Too bad I don't like to sew because I bet I could get part-time work helping her considering her work load.

I wear "disposable" watches from WalMart. You buy them for $5.99 to $9.99, wear them a couple years. New batteries cost about as much as the watch. So I just get a new watch because the cheap cover on the face is usually pretty scratched, too.

That is quite the darning egg you have with a place to hold the needle and thread. My mother had just the plain black darning egg but no storage.

Asdibbens  (Level: 159.4 - Posts: 423)
Wed, 22nd Oct '08 12:37 AM

That is good news, some hope left in the world.

I actually recently gotten my watch repaired as well. It's a Wittnauer that I won when I lost on Jeopardy! eleven years ago. My wife has the other one in the set, but she doesn't wear it much because the clasp tends to pinch. We'll hopefully pass them on to our kids so they too can be pinched by the clasps...

Suzer22  (Level: 166.3 - Posts: 1983)
Wed, 22nd Oct '08 12:59 AM

I actually have two shoe repair places nearby...I've had heels repaired, a broken Birkenstock reglued, taps put on shoes, and a purse repaired!

Try asking a local dancewear shop - they should know where folks go to get tap shoes repaired.

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