We just can’t fix ev­ery­thing bro­ken

Whanganui Midweek - - NEWS - By ELLA GRANT

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.

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