As someone who has always made my living from fixing things, I deplore the disappearance of the many jobs devoted to keeping things running. Gone or almost gone are, watchmakers, shoemakers, Tv and radio repairmen, appliance repairmen as well as the bread and milk delivery people. I don't think many bother sharpening a saw today and the old reel type lawnmowers needed grinding once a year if you wanted it to push easily. Take a look at your local dump to see the enormous waste.
Manufactured goods are simply too inexpensive today, coupled with the high labor cost in this country to make it worthwhile to pay to have many things fixed. Even older cars with lots of life left in them.
In 1956 I purchased a Channelock 8 inch pliers for $10. That same pliers today is about $10, and not 50 or 60 dollars which it would be if made here. Back then you thought about it for awhile before buying as things were not cheap.
So today we have cheap goods with the concomitant loss of jobs, but remember those factory jobs were dirty and noisy places to work with low pay. Today the economy runs on shuffling paper and manipulating money.So far.