GenXers, Millenials – do they repair things like their parents’ generation did?

My parents are of a generation where one repaired things that were broken. Things like articles of clothing, shoes, small appliances or toys.

I cannot tell you how many times  my mom would mend socks, replace zippers, sew on buttons or fix rips on various clothing around the house.

My father too used to fix things we broke as kids. He’d find a way to get a little bit more life out of an old cassette player, and knew how to make repairs to furniture, bikes or small appliances.

Buying new things was expensive not to mention wasteful if the original, broken piece was not yet beyond repair. Back in those days, shopping was not considered a hobby like it is today to so many people. Nor did we have big box stores full of mass-produced, made-in-China products…

Today, few people take time to mend or fix things. It’s much easier to drop into the local Walmart or Target and just get another one.

We’re the disposable generation.

I struggle with this. Continue reading “GenXers, Millenials – do they repair things like their parents’ generation did?”