Save money: Make used things new again

Published On: Mar 27 2013 02:18:40 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 01 2013 05:40:00 AM EDT

Did you replace your favorite pair of shoes because the soles had worn out? Tossed out a skirt because the zipper broke? Bought a new couch because the cushions sank? Angie’s List has advice on how to make your old items new again.

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," said Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List

Shoe Repair:

A talented cobbler can dye the lavender shoes you wore for your friend’s wedding and stretch a pair of shoes that suddenly feel too tight.

A qualified shoe repair professional can also perform the following work for your favorite shoes:

However, the way some shoes are constructed may prevent them from being repairable. One example of this would be a non-welted men’s dress shoe. This means the shoe was constructed without a welting -- a strip of leather, rubber or plastic stitched into the upper part of the shoe as well as the insole. Without welting, a shoe repair may come close to actually building a new shoe.

Angie’s List Tips: Taking care of your shoes

Just like anything else – regular maintenance and cleaning of your shoes is going to help them last longer. Think of your shoes as part of your outfit, you wash your clothes regularly, so your shoes should be washed about once a week as well.


Alteration services:

Clothing alterations can make a big difference in your overall appearance. If you've gained or lost weight, a tailor can make adjustments that will create a custom fit and salvage your wardrobe for a fraction of the cost of buying new garments.

Whether you need a pair of pants hemmed, a zipper repaired or a suit of clothing made to fit, consider the services of a highly rated seamstress or tailor. Alteration experts provide a range of services.


Angie’s List Tips: Working with a tailor


Furniture Re-Upholstery:

So, you’ve inherited a sofa from Grandma and you want to keep the warm feeling you get from having it – just maybe not the plaid pattern that goes with it. Or, maybe you have a nice set of furniture but one piece is damaged and you don’t want to break up the set or have to buy a whole new set.

A professional furniture upholsterer can give your old furniture new life.