Here’s a fascinating hard-times economic story from Sara Satullo. In normal times, most people just buy new shoes when their shoes wear out. But in the Lesser Depression, more people are just getting their shoes repaired instead:
But since the economic crash, fellow cobbler Rick Tilton reports a boon in business at his Palmer Township shop, Rick’s Shoe Repair.
And a new store, Lehigh Shoe and Leather Repair Shop, has popped up in Bethlehem at Fourth and Fillmore streets.
“Ever since then, it has just been crazy,” Tilton, 50, said of business since the crash. “It is coming in faster than I can get it out. Everybody is holding on to their stuff now.”
Tilton has occasionally even had to turn away business from his Nicholas Street shop, where he’s been for 17 of his 31 years in shoe repair.