Do We Really Own Our Stuff?July 14, 2008
I have been thinking for a while about our throw-away society. I try to make what I have last as long as possible, but there are many items I have, that I know I cannot repair. For example, if my DVD/VCR player croaks, I do not know how to fix that. Also, it has gotten to the point that it is cheaper to buy a new one than for me to pay someone to fix it. How crazy is that?
I remember a pair of socks I had in high school. I LOVED those socks. I took them with me to college where I finally wore out the heels. Instead of buying new ones, I used thread and repaired the holes. Everyone I showed them too was not impressed. “Why don’t you just buy new socks?” was the question I was asked again and again. New socks were not the point. The point was I fixed an item that I loved, and wanted to keep. This is the same point Mr. Jalopy makes in the NPR article. We as a nation need to get back to learning how to fix what we own.
What do you know how to repair, or wish you knew how to repair?