(WDEF) Don't give up on your most loved items before you look into repairing them instead of breaking out the wallet to replace them.
Angie Hicks of Angie's List explained, "Everyone wants to stretch a dollar these days and you can do just that with your wardrobe and your shoes the key here is instead of giving up on the outfit and donating it consider getting it altered or getting your shoes repaired and you can really make your money go along way."
Sue Ellen Scheppke's handbag was lightly colored and got pretty dirty. She said, "Did a little dying of the bag and it lasted me through another summer and I was really pleased because I enjoyed the bag and it was good quality. It wasn't something that I just wanted to toss after one season."
Before tossing a purse or a pair of shoes, consider repairing them first. The average shoe repair costs between eight and twelve dollars.
James Coffman is a manager at Eckstein Shoes. He said, "We can actually stretch a shoe length and width. So if it's a little tight or it just doesn't feel right we can actually stretch the shoe size because a lot of people say "oh I got a great deal on this shoe, but it doesn't nearly fit."
Hicks added, "I think we can all admit that we tend to fluctuate sizes every now and again and we tend to toss out the clothes as they don't fit, Instead try taking them to an alterations company because they can actually help those clothes continue to look good even though they may not be the perfect size today."
When you find a repair company, Angie's List recommends taking a small item in to test to make sure you like their work. And if the cost to repair is high, you may be better off buying new.