Got a broken thing? Anything? Bring it and we'll help you fix it - for free!
The action of fixing or mending something to extend it's lifespan.
The value of the Repair Cafe is that people are going back into a relationship with the material things around them. Swift Current’s Repair Café aims to build a more sustainable society and counter the throwaway mindset. The Repair Café supports the model of the sharing economy through building a community where people with repair skills are valued and organizations collaborate and innovate for the common good.
we can repair...
Electronics - digital clocks, battery chargers, headphones, cd players
Small electric appliances - toasters, coffee makers, hair dryers, blenders
Clothes - wool socks, missing buttons, holes or tears
Furniture - small tables or chairs, frames, jewellery boxes
Toys - wood or plastic
Jewellery - necklaces, earrings
Bicycles and tricycles
Computers and technology
Small engines - lawnmowers, scooters, snow blowers
House plants - bug infestations
Ceramics and pottery - platters, tea cups
Books and paper - hardcover and soft cover books, documents
Household appliances - sewing machines, old clocks, lamps
Why should people attend a Repair Cafe?
Because the longer we repair and reuse - the less we take from the earth and discard - the longer the earth will sustain - the more time we will have to fix all the problems we created.
People should participate as a statement against the corrupted designers and manufacturers who deliberately waste products and materials - who offend and damage our earth out greed and effort to make a little surplus cash.
Kim Houghtaling, woodworking expert.
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I have always been interested in woodworking but never had the space or the tools to do it as a regular hobby. I did
however make space and time in my life for acquiring antiques and many needed repair.
Thirty five years ago a close friend had a business in Swift Current and although they sold antiques, his strong skill set was refinishing and repairing items. I spend many hours in his shop as he shared his skills with me. It might have been gluing a chair, fixing a drawer, or tightening up the legs on a wobbly plant stand.
I consider what we do as a type of recycling, restoring items or even
repurposing them for a new use.
Raene Poisson has always naturally worked with her hands and fiddled with stuff, even from a young age growing up on the farm. With her family as a great influence for repairing things and "figuring it out" she also mirrors those qualities. With the formal education of a BFA and a Cultural Conservation diploma, her training includes the repair and conservation of objects - such as ceramics, paper, textiles, metals, and wood - for museums and private clients. One of her favourite conservation treatments was a rare "Brown Bess" Musket from the 1800's (whose length was nearly as tall as her!).
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