The Los Angeles Times started an occassional series in 2009 about keepers of dying trades who repair heirlooms that would otherwise lay neglected in basements, attics, or end up thrown away because their owners have lost hope that their items would ever be repaired to their former glory. Enter the master tradespeople...
...from cane back chairs and silver tea sets to paintings, vintage rugs and stereo equipment, these folks will prove that planned obsolescence wasn't always a given.
As people take a closer look their broken or damaged belongings with new eyes, either because of the economy or because they realize that simply tossing and replacing something isn't going to be good for the wallet or our landfills, businesses that repair and restore are seeing an uptick in business. The Los Angeles Times series interviews and goes into great detail with each of the artisans. So whether you're an audiophile or want to bring your grandmother's silverware back into rotation, the craftspeople below can help you with your needs.
- Restorations by Heart - Art Restoration & Conservation
- KO 'Z' CRAFT Rug Cleaning, Repair and Resoration
- Brooks Restorations - Expert Restoration of China, Crystal and Fine Art Objects
- Orange County Speaker
- Vroman's Silver Shop
- Cane and Basket Supply Company - Repair Wicker and Cane Furniture
(Image credit: Los Angeles Times)