Dare To Repair? Repair Cafe Helps People Fix Broken Goods

Ripped backpack? Busted toaster? Wobbly coffee table? Don’t just replace it, repair it!

On November 7th, from 6-9 pm, Pakit Liquidators and The Environmental Center’s Rethink Waste Project is hosting Central Oregon’s first Repair Café  – a free event that brings together people who like to fix things, with people who have stuff that needs fixing. Volunteers will be on hand to repair – and share a skill or two – small appliances, clothing, bikes, knit goods, small furniture, some jewelry, backpacks, and other items needing heavy duty sewing.

“A Repair Café is a fun event that brings people together and engages them with their stuff”, says Denise Rowcroft, Rethink Waste Project Coordinator. “A lot of the goods we buy are so cheap it doesn’t seem worth it to repair, but that just keeps us stuck in a consumptive cycle of buying more stuff – which costs us personally and globally.  Pakit has always been about creative reuse, so having the Repair Café there is a perfect fit. It’s just a fun way to extend the life of your stuff and build community at the same time.”

Attendees are asked to bring broken items and any replacement parts they think might be needed. There is no guarantee all broken items can be repaired that evening – more research may be needed, a part may need to be ordered – but the volunteers will do their best with what they have. Here’s what we have volunteers on hand to repair:

  • Bicycles
  • Clothes and other fabric goods
  • Knit goods
  • Small appliances
  • Backpacks and other outdoor gear (And anything needing a heavy duty sewing repair)
  • Small furniture
  • Jewelry (small repairs or for upcycling)
  • * Please bring a small amount of cash to pay for any replacement parts volunteers provide or purchase for your repair.


There will also be an Unfinished Projects area where people are invited to bring a Do-It-Yourself project they want to work on. Resourceful upcyclers and DIYers will be on hand to lend ideas, tools, skills or just company. This event is free, but food will be available for purchase from the El Sancho food cart. Pakit Liquidators is at 903 SE Armour Rd., near 9th & Wilson.

Download an event poster to print and hang!

Read about Portland’s first Repair Cafe this past summer.

    • We may have a welder show up for the event, but it’s unconfirmed. I’m guessing that may be the only way to repair this item. Fee free to bring it down and we will see if it can be repaired on site. Thanks!

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