Got a tear in your leather sofa? A busted zipper on your suitcase? Chances are, it's fixable.
Instead of throwing away last year's Uggs or that gently used leather pocketbook, bring it to a repair expert who can inject it with a second life.
DOLLS / STUFFED ANIMALS
Specializing in German-made Steiff stuffed animals, the Long Island Doll Hospital can do surgery on precious formal dolls worn from love - or with broken body parts. It costs $35 to restring an antique doll, about $50 to repair an old teddy bear with a ripped leg, says owner Jan Davis, who has antique doll parts on hand for authentic-looking fixes.
Lee's Luggage & Gift Store: 26 Deer Park Ave., Babylon, 631-661-3590
Good-quality luggage is expensive - but it takes a beating going in and out of airplane cargo storage areas and around baggage carousels. Lee's will fix zippers ($12) and patch up minor rips in suitcase material (from $8) to keep your luggage in circulation longer.
Viking Culinary Center: 835 Franklin Ave., Garden City, 516-877-1010
The average kitchen knife blade lasts 6-8 months if you're maintaining the sharp edge with a steel, says sharpener Charles Robertson. Dull knives are dangerous - get them sharpened here for $6-$8 per knife. Robertson also fixes broken tips or chips in the blade.
Pelletreau Silver Shop: 80 Main St., Southampton, 631-287-0056
Owner Eric Messin operates out of the original silver shop in Southampton, which was built in 1686. Services range from about $60 to repolish and refurbish a silver teapot to $25-$50 for ring resizing.
Mario's Shoe Repair: 19 Boulevard Ave., Greenlawn, 631-754-3513
This shop's work varies from sprucing up handbags (from $5 for fixing straps or closing up minor tears) to restitching baseball mitts (from $15), resoling Uggs and other shoes and patching patio furniture covers.
Who knew? Faded or sun-bleached leather furniture can be resaturated with color ($900-$1,200 for a 96-inch sofa) - worth it to repair a high-quality piece rather than replace it altogether, says owner John Clemen. He also patches holes ($75-$150) and cushion seat rips ($150-$200).
Provenance Antiques and Design: 372 New York Ave., Huntington, 631-424-2390, provenanceantiques.net
Fine furniture is worth passing down to the next generation - but it might need refinishing or spruce-up techniques, such as a French polish. Here, the designers can do upholstery work ($500-$600 to refinish and reupholster a dining room chair) or wood furniture overhauls ($400-$500 for refinishing a wood coffee table).
SCISSORS, GARDEN TOOLS, MOWER BLADES
Vets Sharpening Service: Miller Place-based mobile service comes to your house, 631-744-1463
Owner Anthony Sampogna will sharpen worn-down garden implements ($6-$9 for garden shears), scissors ($5-$7 per pair) - even power lawn mower blades (from $9).
Sherman Art Conservation: 221 Sea Cliff Ave., Sea Cliff, 516-671-9435, shermanartconservation.com
Owner Jonathan Sherman does art restoration work for numerous Long Island museums and historical societies. His work ranges from cleaning paintings to repairing sculptures and other works of art. Plan to spend about $200-$300 to clean an 18-by-24-inch painting, plus $100 for repairing small tears or loose canvas.
New York Book Repair: 15 Auburn Dr., Greenlawn, 631-271-6671, newyorkbookrepair.com
A lot of books have sentimental value to people, says owner Paul Belard. Warped or cracked spines, loose pages or spent bindings aren't a lost cause. "I do a lot of children's books that have been in families for generations," he says. "Maybe I'll put a new back on it and it is good for another couple of generations." Figure $70-$80 to repair the spine of a 12-by-14-inch book, $10 or more to reinsert a loose page.
Walters Cleaners: 169 Deer Park Ave., Babylon, 631-669-0838
Get your boots spruced up, inside and out for $40 - a fraction of what you originally paid.
Century Billiards & Gameroom: 2060 Jericho Tpke., East Northport (1969 Jericho Tpke. after Oct. 1), 631-462-6655, centurybilliards.com
Father and son Bob and James Grimaldi are third- and fourth-generation owners of this family business, among the few in the country that still repairs billiard tables by hand, including hand-sewing leather pockets. Typical fixes range from replacing the cloth surface on a full-size table (from $370) to replacing the rubber cushions in the pockets ($350) to an all-out strip, gut and restoration of an antique table ($5,000-$8,000).
Rosie's Tailoring: 2357 Middle Country Rd., Centereach, 631-588-6441, rosiestailoring.com
Expensive or otherwise special outerwear lasts longer if you patch ($6-$20) or replace (from $125) the inner lining and mend broken zippers ($1 per inch), says owner Rosie DiCaccamo.
CHAIR RECANING / RUSH SEATING
Village Seat Weavers: 120 E. Main St., Port Jefferson, 631-473-3822,
Woven chair or bar stool seats are prone to rips, gouges or heavy staining over time. Here, owner Yvonne Affronti does hand caning (from $125), rush-weaving (about $65) or Shaker tape work (from $85).
J & J Woodworking and Furniture Service: 21 Dunn Ct., Sayville, 631-563-4450
Repairs wood furniture that has suffered indignities, ranging from water ring stains (from $150) to surface scratches ($130-$300) to dog-chewed legs ($150-$300). When possible, repair work is done in the customer's house, says co-owner Christine Ritzmann.
Artistic Upholstery Inc.: 127 West Hills Rd., Huntington Station, 631-427-8719
$50-plus to put a new piece of foam and Dacron into a club chair cushion; $350-plus to make a custom slipcover for a sofa (replumping extra)
Foam cushions dry out eventually, rendering chairs and sofa seats saggy-looking and unsupportive. Here you can get new foam and Dacron inserts put inside cushions ($60-$70) or custom slipcovers sewn for sofas (from $350), says owner Vinnie Greco.
Luis Restorations: 1675 Roosevelt Ave., Bohemia, 631-218-1384, luisrestorations.com
Metal chandeliers - particularly antique models - may need replating or refinishing (from $700) or broken arm fixes (from $200). Manager Alejandro Villegas says the shop also refurbishes wrought-iron gates (from $600) and replates silver teapots (from $150).
Chalikian: 103 Audrey Ave., Oyster Bay, 516-922-7222
Jeweler and watchmaker Jacques Chalikian is a fourth-generation clockmaker with an extensive shop - but he also makes house calls to iron out problems with clocks (from $150). More extensive overhauls can be handled in his store (from $400).
Back In Time Clocks: Centereach, 631-398-1694
Larry Clark travels to your home to service grandfather clocks ($85 for service call).
H&E Clock: Roosevelt Field mall, 516-877-1211
In-home evaluations from $65.
LAMPS, MIRRORS, HOME DECOR
Costermonger t.t. The Barn: 139 Main St., Northport, 631-754-1458, thebarnus.com
Services here range from rewiring old chandeliers (from $150) to stripping and refinishing furniture (from $250 for a three-drawer dresser). "We try to maintain and keep the piece within the period it should be," says co-owner Elizabeth Benson.
Sea Isle Custom Rods: 495 Guy Lombardo Ave., Freeport, 877-434-7474, seaisletackle.com
Authorized to do warranty repairs for Shimano, Penn, Quantum and Abu-Garcia reels, owner Robert Feuring can fix other makes of rods - ranging from replacing guides (from $10) to reel cleaning, repair and lubrication (from $20).
CANVAS / SAIL
Quantum Sail Design Group: 40 Matinecock Ave., Port Washington, 516-944-5660, quantumsails.com
A brand-new Dacron sail with all the extras can cost $2,000, says owner Brett Clark. It's better to maintain a sail to make it last longer. He'll fix small tears in sails (from $100 for a 30-foot boat), grill covers (from $10) and deck awnings (from $50 for a 1-foot tear).
ANTIQUE PICTURE FRAMES
Yankee Peddler Antiques: 1038 New York Ave., Huntington, 717-538-1937, 631-271-5817
Joseph Sciarrino, charges an average of $30 (usually includes material) an hour to repair molding on frames. "If you have at least one corner, I can re-create the frame," says Sciarrino, who also repairs gilding. "Most repairs are about $150 and higher."