Re­vival of ‘make do and mend’ trend

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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.

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