Repair Fair Thurs. Jan. 23: Get your fix!

January 21st, 2014 | Andrea Norris

January Repair Fair graphicIf it’s broke, fix it! Do so by coming to the Recycling Warehouse at 644 SW 13th Street on Thursday, January 23rd between 5:30 and 7:30 pm for our January Repair Fair.

Bring your broken items and questions and volunteers will help you learn how to repair your things, and drop-in DIY (do it yourself) demos to learn repair skills (see list below for what’s on offer this time)!

Save money, save natural resources. Free and open to all.

Repair skills offered:

  • Appliances (small items only, please)
  • Clothing (hand and machine sewing)
  • Electronics (small items only, please)
  • Housewares (furniture, ceramics, lamps, etc.)
  • Jewelry
  • And more!

Drop-in Demonstrations:

Come by anytime in the scheduled time frame to see a ~5 minute repair demo!

A volunteers shows how to darn a holey sock.

A volunteer shows how to darn a holey sock. Click to view larger.

5:45 to 6:15 pm: Those Darned Socks: Fixing Holes – Many times, socks, jackets, and sweaters are working great, until you wear through the toe, elbow, or snag them on something. Darning is a method of fixing holes using only thread, rather than sewing a patch on. Drop by the Clothing repair station to see how it’s done. (Leader: Amanda Abbott, volunteer with the Waste Watchers)

6:15 to 6:45 pm: Unbound: Basic Book Repair – While the knowledge we can learn from a book may last a lifetime, the book itself certainly does not. With continual use books are susceptible to damage, wear and loose pages. Come to the Household repair station to learn a few easy book repair tips and tools, extending the life of some of your favorite stories.  (Leader: Kyle Knight, Waste Reduction Projects Coordinator for the Student Sustainability Initiative)

T-shirt bag

Example T-shirt bag.

6:45 to 7:15 pm: Make Your Own Used T-Shirt Bag – Drop by the Clothing repair station to learn how to reduce waste by making an old T-shirt into a reusable bag using a quick and easy no-sew technique! Leave with your very own reusable shopping bag along with the know-how to make more at home. All supplies provided, but feel free to bring your own shirt if you have one you’d like to use.  (Leader: Andrea Norris, Marketing & Development Coordinator for Campus Recycling).

Additional Details

Note: We don’t have spare parts, but will do our best to repair what we can and/or refer you to where you could find the parts you need. If you have parts already, we may be able to help you install them.

For more details such as directions and the date of our February Repair Fair, visit our website and/or join the event on Facebook.


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