Use it up, wear it out;
Make do or do without.
Tonight, I had to make do. Mck's winter coat's zipper broke last week and the weather is turning cold. The same thing happened last year so we had to get a new coat for this year. The slider broke in half. (Typically, I try to get the coats to last 2 years, if possible.) So I went to Joanns and bought a zipper replacement kit...that didn't work.
So, 20 minutes before the store closed, I zipped back over there...bought a 2 foot zipper and returned the replacement kit.
Came home...and started the long process of ripping out the old zipper and sewing in the new. Actually, the ripping out was easy. The putting in tricky. On the second side, I ended up sewing the back facing to the zipper and then the front. The back had about an 1/8 of an inch selvage...much too hard to pick up all the layers with that small margin to work with. Esp. since one of the layer is thick fluff/insulation.
I'm glad I could fix it even though it took a few hours and a broken needle, ripping out the resewn parts many times and a few stomping fits. I suppose if I had done that late lastspring, her other coat would have lasted 2 years.