We just can’t fix everything broken
Aristotle apparently worked out that nature abhors a vacuum. There are one or two vacuums I totally agree with Mother Nature about. At the moment we have in the shop a vacuum, that is a vacuum cleaner, which was donated in not going condition. According to the sticker on the handle it needs a new switch. Well we could take it to a repair place and spend $60 having it fixed and then have to sell it for $50, but where’s the profit?
Also looking for a fixer are four sets of Christmas lights that came in in a tangle like when the cat has been at the knitting. We managed to untangle them, it was not a quick job, and now we would like to ask the general public how you know which light bulbs need changing. We thought we might be able to make four busted ones into three going ones, but how do you know which of a hundred or so bulbs are still working?
We fix a lot of things at the Cheep Shop, clothing, toys, jewellery and bric-a-brac. We fixed a wonderful large pottery bowl, which looks like Wi Taepa’s work, but we don’t know. It looks okay, turn the repair to the wall and no one will ever know. We stitched up a flash backpack and it’s good to go. We moved all the buttons around on a jacket to get the pretty ones in the spotlight.
A couple of months ago we had a customer we felt very sad we couldn’t fix. We debated for a long time if he was our responsibility or not. He came rushing into the shop and looked in our free clothing bin, and told us he had to change his clothes because they were after him. They were after him because he had spoken to God, and God looked just like Father Christmas. We gave him a complete set of outerwear, including a beanie to cover his blond hair, from the free box and he rushed off. We told him to take care.
We have deep, philosophical discussions in the quiet time between customers, and “Take care” has been the topic more than once. Are we all so convinced that it’s a dangerous and scary world out there and we need to be on our guard all the time? Now, there’s something needs fixing.