Repair is having a moment. Two generations ago, most people could handle simple repairs, and most things manufactured were inherently repairable. Fast forward to our current state of fast consumerism, where things are made to be obsolete (“planned obsolesence)” within 6 months. Sometimes that’s through new colorful designs, sometimes by changing power cords, but often […]


As part of the Redmond Public Library’s Tinker Tuesday series, we’ll be holding our next Repair Cafe at the Redmond Technology Education Center at COCC on February 21st. Once again we will have volunteers on hand to repair small appliances, clothes, jewelry and small furniture. One item repaired at a time, on a first come […]


On Tuesday, September 16th, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm, The Gear Fix and The Environmental Center’s Rethink Waste Project are hosting a Fall Repair Café.  A repair café is a free event that connects people with broken stuff, with people that like to fix stuff.  Volunteers will be on hand to repair – and share […]


  Stepping into Gear Fix, formally known as Repeat Performance Sports, one might be fooled into thinking the outfit is just an outdoor consignment store. Not so. Bringing a six year dream to fruition, in the past several months, owner Joshua Sims has overhauled the operation to fulfill a market need for gear repair, a […]


Sitting amongst towers of fabric Alison Murphy, owner of Utilitu commands a kind of seamstress royal prowess. When asked what “Rethink Waste” means to her, Murphy says craftsmen like her have no choice but to reuse. She proceeds to explain there can be a discrepancy in value of discarded goods and collecting those goods can […]

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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 […]