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I usually buy things that are either brand new, or if they’re second hand, they look as good as new and have hardly been used

On the rare occasion that I convince myself to buy something that is in need to repair, it would have to be at a bargain price - so clothes that just need a restitch or patchwork to restore

I‘d love to be able to repair or restore electrical items, although I’m sure it’ll be dangerous if I don’t know what I’m doing!

are you good at repairing things?

hspexy
20 days ago
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MrsCraig
MrsCraig19 days ago

I often fix our clothes. Recently I had to fix my husbands work trousers and shirts. If I am buying something second hand then I would prefer not to have to fix it first, but if it was a bargain then I would think about it.

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hspexy
hspexy
Original Poster
19 days ago

That’s the same for me also, as I usually try to rationalise whether or not the item or product was meant to be. Then there are times I think that it was meant to be...but just needs a bit of work 😂

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greatdeals121
greatdeals12119 days ago

No I would personally but things brand new then I won't have to fix on the rare occasion I could buy something which needs a bit of work.

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AgnesFaludi
AgnesFaludi19 days ago

No...there was a lovely dress I tried on, but it was big. i was thinking to get it, the store assistant tried to sell it, but than I was thinking i pay that much and I go home and need to change it. I rather buy something new on sale what is perfect in condition.

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hspexy
hspexy
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18 days ago

That’s sensible. I bought a dress ages ago that was a bit big, but I’ve never worn it, because it’s too big! Even at a bargain price, it can still be a waste of money

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AgnesFaludi
AgnesFaludi18 days ago

Coco Chanel said something like it is better to have 1 perfect dress than have a lot, you will not use hspexy

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hspexy
hspexy
Original Poster
18 days ago

AgnesFaludi true, although I’m not likely to buy anything from the likes of Coco Chanel, not these days anyway

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Dennab
Dennab19 days ago

Yes.

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Twollocks
Twollocks18 days ago

Dennab any reasoning behind your name in reverse? 😉

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Dennab
Dennab18 days ago

Twollocks Coincidence 🤞

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garygemmell
garygemmell18 days ago

Since i retired at 40 I do it for fun - i am an electronics and computer network expert so can fix pretty much anything but LED and Plasma tellies, computers , laptops , smartphones and recently Nespresso coffee machines are my speciality - usually takes me less than an hour to fix a telly but those Nespresso machines last one took me 5 hours of fiddling to get the bloomin thing open and repair it!

Easy way to make extra cash - buy broken spares or repairs on Gumtree , Freecycle or ebay and repair and sell I have done just about everything even got an old coin operated pub pool table and refurbished and recovered it with a nice yellow baize and it now sits pride of place in my lounge with convertible top for dining table - amazing what being away from the rat race allows you to do - If you know what you are doing you can make as much money as you would in an average job!

I also used to do car repairs as its mostly just a case of sticking an OBD reader on the thing and reading all the faults out then replacing the parts - I specialise in Ford's more money to be made there!

I used to get plasma and led tellies from the local dump for free and the repair would usually cost less than £2 as they all fail with generally the same cheap fix fault, a few hours work and make a £300 profit on average but since the dumps no longer allow you to take stuff away for free and save the planet and just send it to landfill or Africa no profit there anymore!

Currently considering making some silicone moulds and making scented candles.

How about you Spexy what do you fill your time with?

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hspexy
hspexy
Original Poster
18 days ago

Wow you are skilled! And definitely a good skill to have. I can stitch things up pretty well, and I’ve made things that are aesthetically pleasing, but I’m not very patient. I prefer doing things outdoors, mainly activities, if not just a long walk to get some air...even in the current situation! But I won’t be made to feel scared - no point living life like that, as it’s not a life worth living

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RnD194hd
RnD194hd18 days ago

Yes all the time. Mainly furniture. Spend a lot of time in the reclamation yard, some great items you would struggle to get anywhere else

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hspexy
hspexy
Original Poster
18 days ago

I love the idea or up cycling, but my skills are limited to what I did in design and technology in school 😂 I try to fix the odd bits and pieces, but definitely need to learn more up reupholstering, etc

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RnD194hd
RnD194hd17 days ago

hspexy just have a go. Try a charity shop 1st and get something really cheap just to practice on. Plenty of videos on YouTube etc that help with any tricky bits, you'll be surprised at what you can achieve

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hspexy
hspexy
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17 days ago

RnD194hd thanks for the push. I think I will, as it is definitely something I can imagine would be fun. I will check out the charity shops. Thanks

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