Reuse, repair, recycle

I’ve always liked repairing things. When I was little, I used to pull my old radio apart and try and put it back together, even though I didn’t know anything about the workings of it at the time.

I also recall pulling apart several other radios too, taking out the magnets, and trying to stick them on the fridge before my parents realised what had happened. I was eventually given a new radio, on the proviso that I didn’t destroy it. Which may or may not have happened, it was the early eighties and I was only four at the time.

I still don’t know how to put a radio back together, but somewhere along the way, my interest in repairing things extended to clothing. I’ve lost count of the amount of clothing I’ve repaired, recycled, or reworked into an entirely different outfit.

Nowadays, when I’m op-shopping and I see something like the below jacket, I can’t pass it up. I like to think that thrifted clothing often comes with a backstory, and in this case, this jacket’s tear in the back shoulder seam, told me it may have been the reason it had been thrown out.

With repairs, one often needs to develop the ability to see past flaws and imperfections, and see the potential in something, rather than taking it purely at face value. (this is also applicable to life in general, if you think about it)

This little jacket was originally from Forever New, but I found it at Savers for only $8.99! So not only did I get to repair this little gal, I also got a great bargain on something that was quite likely much more expensive to begin with

If you’ve made a repair to something that’s given it a new lease of life, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!



  1. January 22, 2017 / 1:25 am

    Fantastic fix!! How exciting that you have a lovely jacket for the reasonable cost of a few dollars and some mending time.
    I take the ‘reuse/repurpose’ attitude one step further. There are many clothing items that have lived out their useful life as clothes, and also some that just don’t fit into today’s patterns and styling. But that doesn’t mean they are only worthy of the trash bin. I take items like that and turn them into textile art for personal and home use, such as hand woven fabric for bags & purses, and handwoven rag rugs and table runners. I think there are so many things that can have a continued or renewed life if we think beyond the box and dig deep into skills of eras gone by.

    • January 24, 2017 / 12:27 pm

      Thank you Elizabeth for your beautiful comment! I totally agree about thinking beyond the box and repurposing items, and especially about using skills from bygone eras :) ♡

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