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Elmer’s Fix It or Toss It Week – Oct. 11 – 15th (Giveaway)

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My house can get pretty cluttered.  Most of it is toys, books, games, office supplies, or laundry.  The rest is a mixture of items that I don't know what to do with -- many things are broken, and I don't know whether I should try to fix them (or rather have my husband work on them) or just toss them into the trash.


As the price of consumer goods get more affordable, we sometime struggle with whether it's best to keep something to fix or to just let it get put into the recycling bin.  Just because we can afford to replace it, doesn't mean we shouldn't try to make it usable again. (A recent example is my favorite coffee mug.  While I can't wash it in the dishwasher, I was able to at least salvage it as a planter by gluing a broken handle back on.)

Do you have an item in your home that you're on the fence about whether to Fix It or Toss It?  You're in luck!  Over the next week (Oct 11 - 15th) we will be participating in Elmer's Fix It or Toss It Week.  We'll be providing tips, scenarios, and opportunities to learn about how you can use Elmer's products to make your trash treasures again!  (You can follow Elmer's for all the fun via their Elmer’s Facebook page and Twitter handle.)

We are having our own giveaway to kick things off. In addition to joining us next week for our Fix It or Toss It event, you can share your scenarios of an item that you're unsure whether to fix it or toss it in the comments below!  (If you decide to talk about it on Twitter, please include #FallFixIt and #fixortoss)

We will pick three scenarios to win an Elmer's prize pack full of products to help you in your future fixing endeavors!!  Also, some scenarios will be featured on the Elmer's Facebook page!  Be sure to check in with us next week to see our scenarios, as well as to see if you've won!

Wanna Win?  To recap, post your Fix It or Toss It stories in the comments below.  If you tweet, you'll get an extra entry, but be sure to include #FallFixIt and #fixortoss in your tweets.  You have until midnight CST on Sunday Oct 10th to get your entries in! 3 winners will get prize packs from Elmer's!!  (You can post as many scenarios as you'd like.  Each one counts as an entry!)

Good luck! 

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40 comments

  1. My scenario is a barbie doll that my daughter has broken the leg off of. We could easily just buy a replacement but this is one of my daughter's favorites. I'm just not sure what type of glue we should use to reattach the leg or if it will hold up once she starts playing with it again. What do you say - fix it or toss it?

    Thanks for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. Since moving I have cut down on the fix it or toss it by having the elmers handy- I find seriously if I put in another place to fix later- umm it never gets fixed. But the latest thing I fixed sortof was gluing the mailbox on the post since it wobbled and it worked :) so see there are alot of things you can use here and there for loose things- like peeling wallpaper in the corner

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  3. I have a candle holder that hangs on the wall in my hallway. It's been knocked off the wall at least a dozen times and the last time the metal base broke off the metal facade. It's been sitting in the basement waiting for repair.

    Fix it...or toss it?

    shel704 at aol dot com

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  4. Tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/auntiethesis/status/26819828598

    shel704 at aol dot com

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  5. One of the buttons on our dishwasher broke, and I'm concerned that regular glue might not work. I'm not sure whether to fix it or toss it.

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  6. A vintage probably form the 70's beaded mozaic wooden box thats about 10x5inch that has alot of beads off it and a thick chipped part of wood off it about an inch long. Love it but dont think it would be worth the tedious work of gluing all the beads and repairing the wood piece back on.

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  7. I just benefited from a fix it or throw it scenario...someone was giving away a Roomba...just needed a little bit of work and I got it running great!

    trippyjanet at hotmail dot com

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  8. My wife dropped her 35mm film camera and the case cracked. I told her that film is out and they will stop making it. She says she doesn't care and she likes the film camera. Worth fixing ?

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  9. My son’s Melissa & Doug Wooden hollow blocks have one of them that broke. I really need to just fix it…I keep forgetting! All it will take is a little glue, so I need to get it done!
    rachel_demille at yahoo dot com

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  10. We have a lot of those fix it or toss it dilemmas, another fix it or toss it dilemma is, we have an air conditioner and the knob will not stay on we need to use pliers to turn it on and off, should we fix it or toss it?

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  11. One of our wedding pictures is in a frame that has an angel on top of it. That poor angel's wing has been broken off at least five times. I thought super glue would hold but it just hasn't so far. Fix or toss?
    yeloechikee at hotmail dot com

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  12. I can't decide whether to toss or fix an old dresser of mine. I recieved it as a gift when I was an infant but it's starting to fall apart and it's difficult to put the drawers back in.

    What should I do?

    Dancehottie1621@aol.com

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  13. My twins broke a toy laptop. I opened it up, glued the broken part back together and then closed it again.
    Toy saved and kids are happy!

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  14. have a ceramic snowman that the kids broke in half last Christmas. I haven’t fixed it yet, but, I haven’t thrown it away either because I really love it, it was gift from the kids.
    karenmed409 at comcast dot net

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  15. Our dilemna is whether to fix or toss favorite shoes/sandals where the sole is coming loose from the rest of the shoe.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  16. Our famous example which has become a family joke is a little wooden cat that sits on top of the door frame. It has fallen off and been glued so many times. I don't even think I bothered gluing it the last time--I just stuck it up there with half a tail!
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  17. We have a shell side table that was made by a relative and is gorgeous. It has an octagonal wooden base that is entirely covered in exotic shells. Over the years, a few shells have fallen off. We are not sure exactly which Elmer's glue would be best to re-attach the shells. This table is a keeper - it just needs a touch-up of glue and a few replaced shells.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  18. I have a number of clipping and pictures that I'd like to put in scrapbooks. They are keepers but I am not sure which Elmer's products would be best for scrapbooking!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  19. I have some old books with sentimental value. A couple of pages are loose. Fix or toss - and is there an Elmer's product that can help me out on this project, if I take it on?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  20. I have some jewelry that I use to wear and still like but needs repair with glue. I am wondering if it is a fix it or toss it at this point since it's been sitting around in my junk drawer and is in need of repair. I have earrings and necklaces that I still like but just haven't got around to getting the glue to fix it.
    flophasit at yahoo dot com

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  21. I'm not sure whether I should fix my son's wooden musical intrument or toss it. Jenprincess88 at yahoo dot com

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  22. I have a picnic style wicker basket that was my maternal grandmother's.
    It actually came over with her on a cattle ship from Calais, France when she was 13! For the most part, it is in pretty good shape, but the handle has broken. This is my Fix It or Toss
    It Scenario. Please help me out...
    Many thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  23. "Tweet!"
    http://twitter.com/cmh512/status/26948217999.
    Merci, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  24. I have a favorite shirt of mine and the metal chain on it broke. I could just add a new charm and chain and fix it. What do you say? Should I fix it or toss it?

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  25. I'm on the fence about an old dresser. One of the drawers is busted pretty bad and the others are in disrepair... but I'd love to upcycle it somehow and would love to try a decoupage project, so I'm thinking the dresser might be a good first project. I'm at a bit of a standstill, though, trying to figure out how to go about fixing the drawers properly or swapping out something else for use.

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  26. it is my sons toy story wooden chair,it is broken and has been broken before,.So I am trying to decide what to do with it!
    ardelong2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. Our coffee table is coming apart. If you lift it by the top the top comes right off. But the kids gouged the wood a few years ago, so I'm not sure if it is worth fixing.

    ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

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  28. we had a ceramic cookie jar fall off the counter and break last week, i really would like to fix it
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

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  29. I have a lot of those fix it or toss it dilemmas.One of them was the handle on the door of my niece doll house. it was a fit it
    joretta933@roadrunner.com

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  30. the handle on my sewing basket had to be a fix it. I just couldn't throw it away, it was my grannies
    joretta933@roadrunner.com

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  31. the leg on one of my kitchen table had to be a fix it
    joretta933@roadrunner.com

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  32. My daughter broke her favorite doll... Her head fell off she is heartbroken! this doll is not sold anymore and I don't know what else to do but fix it! suelee1998@ gmail.com

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  33. I have a coffee table that is made of wood and the wood is sheared in the middle. I can't decide whether or not to fix it. I love the table and it works great in our house but I am not sure what to do with it.

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  34. My son has a little car from the Wiggles that he loves. Maury's head keeps popping. I've tried everything to glue it back on. It'll stay on for a few days and fall off again. I don't know whether to try a different glue or to toss it.

    hafner611{AT}gmail{DOT}com

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  35. We have a tiny nut baby from Hawaii whose head keeps popping out... and we keep gluing it back on. I cannot bear to throw it out, it is so cute, plus it was a present from a dear friend.

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  36. My fridge has a garage door,the inside cover( plastic )door , cracked and ,needs repair .is there a glue for this?

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  37. My front door has a removable screen/storm window and it keeps falling out. What to do?

    Thanks for the contest.

    email in blogger profile.

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  38. http://twitter.com/slehan/status/27004777528

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  39. Christmas ornaments--I know they are cheap and easily replaced but some I have had since I was a teenager. I wish I knew the right glue to use so I wouldn't have to reglue them after I take them out of storage each year. Maybe I just need a better means of storage....

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  40. those foam kid toys - is it really safe to glue on the pieces that break off?

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