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The duct-tape economy

Repair businesses thrive in downturn

Hovsep Besnilian, owner of Concord Shoe Repair for three decades, has been replacing more soles on shoes recently. Hovsep Besnilian, owner of Concord Shoe Repair for three decades, has been replacing more soles on shoes recently. (Globe Staff Photo / Joanne Rathe)
By Jenn Abelson
Globe Staff / April 27, 2009

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Fixing is apparently the new buying. Cash-strapped consumers are postponing purchases and attempting to make do with their possessions, repairing old clunkers, mending clothes that haven't left the closet in years, and reviving troublesome laptops and broken blenders. The new thirst for thriftiness is providing a windfall to those on the front lines of repair - the cobblers, the tailors, ... (Full article: 976 words)

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