Chris here: I’m happy to post this helpful article from Cory Bernatt a 28 year vet of the leather industry. I appreciate the honest, easy-going way he helps you decide if you ought to fix your leather or replace it. Find his contact information by clicking here if you live in the Toronto, Ontario, Canada area.
"Sometimes things are just not worth fixing. On the other hand, often people will go to great lengths to bring a treasured item back to life"
Although we are known for fixing your favorite leather items in many cases you will find it difficult to spend the money necessary to bring your leather back to the state you would like.
The combination of expensive materials and our labour fee sometimes make it hard for you to repair your leather items.
We want you to understand this Because sometime we may offer you alternatives that will basically be "damage control " in order to achieve a workable solution that is economically sound and will get the job done.
In some cases this is all that is justifiable and our staff may advise you that it is better if you are to replace the item rather than have us perform the repair operation.
Conversely we are commonly asked if an item is "worth repairing". My answer to this question is: That it is not my position to justify the expense and that you the customer will have to crunch the numbers in order to make an informed decision. I suggest that you look to see what a comparable item would cost in today’s marketplace so you will have a replacement value to work with.
I can also tell you that half of the repairs and restorations I do, if I were the one to make the decision for you would be, not to fix an item.
That’s the funny thing about what we do, people become very attached with their leather. They have purchased an item in a far off land or their spouse gave it to them as a present when they were first dating etc.
The stories go on and on and I have heard many of them.
The bottom line is that we are here to help you restore your precious belongings that you just can’t part with. Or just get your leather back on the road for one more year.
Value vs. sentiment, who will win this battle, this can be a very difficult decision. I have seen many a couple standing before me, struggle with this very question.
I always suggest that the customer should never be hasty when deciding if an item is worth fixing, but rather take some time to determine if they can justify the repair.
Either way we will continue to do the best leather repairs this city has to offer.