This extends beyond gadgets with annual upgrade cycles and applies similarly to the less glamorous kinds of things you might find in your kitchen — parts for old bread makers, blenders, and toasters are easily available online, and the repairs are often simpler as well. YouTube is a deep well of instruction for these kinds of products.
And closer to clothing we’ve got shoes, an industry which churns out 20 billions fresh pairs each year. Beyond the life cycle extending benefits of basic upkeep and maintenance (waxing, oiling, etc.) that you can do at home, all across Edmonton there are cobblers and leather specialists who can breath new life into old shoes, keeping kicks out of the landfill. It’s not a home repair, but it’s a minor cost (kept in the local economy) that avoids an unnecessary purchase.