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.