Business has held steady at the Shoe Stop in Bellis Fair mall since the recession began three years ago, but owner Sergey Agafonov has noticed a change in what customers bring through the door.
"I see more older shoes," he said. "It sounds like they've opened a closet looking for old shoes, trying to repair them instead of buying new ones."
Clothing is one of the first areas of spending to be cut back when people lose their jobs, according to a Rutgers University report last month about unemployed American workers. Given that, you might think shoe repair shops would be filled with customers intent on saving money by repairing their shoes instead of buying new ones.
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