If you can’t repair it, do you really own it?

Most items available nowadays are cheap goods made to break within 6 months, leaving us in a trap of never ending consumption to replace broken goods. That’s beginning to change. There has been an international resurgence to change our relationship with our stuff – to get away form a buy – toss – buy cycle. Repairing goods is one such way.

Repair Cafes

Repair Cafes are held around the world, pairing people with broken stuff with people who like to fix stuff.  Repairing with other people saves natural resources, prevents waste, and cultivates community. We hosted Central Oregon’s First Repair Cafe fall 2012, repairing over 40 items while building community and resiliency.  To date our volunteer fixers have repaired over 200 items! We host repair cafes seasonally at different locations. Check our events to see details for our next repair cafe.

Check out this video of photos from our first Redmond Repair Cafe in February 2017!

Repair Cafe from mathew sturtevant on Vimeo.

 

DIY Repair

If it’s already broken, you don’t lose anything by opening something up and learning more about it. Luckily there are also great resources to help you get it done right. One of our favorite repair resources is iFixit.com. It provides step by step how-to repair manuals to fix everything from smartphones and tablets to toasters and jacket zippers. They even give items repairability scores so you can make an informed purchase next time you absolutely need to upgrade. Check out their sister site, iFixit.org if you want to really dig in deeper about all the reason we NEED to repair responsibly.

Local Repair Resources

You can find a lot of resources for local repair just by looking it up on the internet, so we won’t bore you with an outdated list. But here are a few of our favorites:

  • The Gear Fix: Visit these guys for bike, boot, shoe and outdoor gear repair.
  • Utilisew: Allison sews, alters, repairs and customizes clothes you have to make them clothes you love.

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