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 - missing buttons, holes or tears
Knit items - sweaters, socks, scarves
Furniture - small tables or chairs, shelves, jewellery boxes
Toys - wood or plastic
Stuffies - soft animals and dolls
Kites - single line, multi-line
Jewellery - necklaces, earrings
Art - paintings, frames
Computers and technology
Small engines - lawnmowers, scooters, snow blowers
Musical instruments - guitars, harmonicas, horns
Ceramics and pottery - platters, tea cups, vases
Books and paper - hardcover and soft cover books, documents
Clocks and watches
Household appliances - sewing machines, microwaves, lamps, fans
Bicycles and tricycles (at the spring cafe)
House plants - bug infestations (at the spring cafe)
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.