One sector of the economy that is prospering since the downturn began in 2007 has been repairing items we used to throw away and buy anew. Now increasing numbers of people fix things themselves, turn to a repair service, or check out thrift stores. For example, in our community the man who repairs leather and vinyl furniture has never been so busy in his more than twenty years in business. Car repair shops are keeping busy and independently owned shops are doing well.
Items once destined for junk yards and landfills are being acquiring new lives. For example, shopping bags are being turned into handbags, old cast iron radiators are being converted into electric heat systems, and new products are coming out that make thing easier to repair, such as Sugru, a silicone material that is used to patch punctures, smooth rough spots and sharp corners, fixing broken ceramics, and dozens of other fixes.
If you are handy or a quick learner when it comes to working with your hands, you may be able to create a livelihood repairing anything from toys to bikes, lawn-mowers, lamps, jewelry, watches, clock repair, small appliances, musical instruments, sports gear, furniture to anything you hear or learn people or businesses wish they could repair. If you lack a skill at something that might be useful, look for and secure the necessary training.
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