Revival of ‘make do and mend’ trend
which The Remakery was one of the best examples, to teach people lost repair skills, such as sewing.
“It has become more fashionable again. Perhaps it’s partly to do with TV, shows like Fill Your House for Free and austerity probably has something to do with it.”
“There is a sense of satisfaction in fixing things, it saves money and it brings people together.”
Miriam said fixing clothes was often a starting point for people as it was achievable – and a report out last month by waste experts Wrap, showed we are throwing away 50,000 fewer tonnes of clothing than in 2012.
But, she added, success with mending clothes often gave people the confidence boost to try their hand mending other goods.
Sophie agreed: “People often aren’t confident enough to try to fix things like their computer or phone. They take them to the shop and there’s usually an upfront cost of up to £100 even to look at it and the answer is often why don’t you just upgrade for a bit more.
“But often the things that go wrong aren’t very complicated. We want to demystify that.”
“This is not a revolutionary idea. We used to have this culture and we can have it again.”
People are flocking to the new shops to get their stuff fixed.