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Jun 10 2013

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Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: See the “Doctor” at Clinica de Ropa

Sometimes my clothes are “sick” and need repair – a hem, a new zipper, a tear to be mended, a hole to be patched, buttons to be sewn on, or maybe elastic to be replaced. So what do I do? Why, it’s simple! Just take those worn-out but fixable rags to the Clinic, of course. Once you do that, you can breathe a sigh of relief. (I think they’re even capable of open-heart surgery, but most of the time I settle for a “quick fix.”) These seamstresses can fix almost anything and do it for a great price. Here are some examples:

  • Hem Gloria’s blouse, bottom and both sleeves: $3.00. Note: this was a brand new blouse that she bought at Ropa Americana for only $2, so the whole thing was a bargain.
  • Replace worn out zipper in Paul’s pants: $4, including the zipper.
  • Sew new buttons on Gloria’s shirt: $1.00  (This is the same shirt that Chiquito, the spider monkey, popped the buttons off of when he grabbed the bottom of the shirt and pulled, and the same shirt that Gloria paid 80 cents for at Ropa Americana. Are you starting to see a trend here?)
  • Patch a hole: $2.00
  • Sew a tear: $2.00

They can hem your curtains and mend practically anything (though they can’t replace worn elastic on a bathing suit…go figure). Their prices are somewhat fixed; there is a sliding scale based on degree of difficulty, materials needed, and sometimes, who you talk to. But it’s cheap. It’s just one of those services that’s a real good deal here.

But don’t fret if you don’t have a Clinica de Ropa in your neighborhood. (Hey, is the doctor in?) Have no fear; you probably do have one in your town, though it may be called by another name. After all, “a rose by any other name is just as sweet.” So, even if it’s not called the Clinica de Ropa, you can rest assured that just about every town in Costa Rica will have a similar place to have things mended. Or, maybe you’re good with a needle and thread…hey, do I sense a business here??

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