Our next Repair Cafe will be Saturday, September 29 from 12-3 pm in the Saratoga Springs Public Library (H. Dutcher Community Room)
What do you do with a broken toaster? Or with a bike when the wheel runs out of true? Or jeans with holes? Toss it? No way!
Do you hate throwing things away that seem like they could be fixed if only you knew how? We are bringing the repair movement to Saratoga Springs! Sustainable Saratoga and the Saratoga Springs Public Library are hosting the Saratoga Springs Repair Café. Repair Cafés are free community events with the goals of repairing broken objects to extend their life, keeping things out of landfills, and fostering an appreciation for the art of repairing things. Check out this video to learn more.
The first event took place on June 16th at the Saratoga Springs Public Library. People visiting the Repair Café bring along their broken items from home, and various volunteer repair coaches help repair broken items free of charge. Tools and commonly needed materials are on hand at the event. Toasters, lamps, hair dryers, clothes, bikes, toys, jewelry…most things that are broken are welcome. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to fix everything, but we are pretty sure you will have a good time while you are here.
Read an article about our RepairCafé in the Saratogian.
Some examples of things we can likely repair (not an exhaustive list; we will try to repair anything you bring):
Electrical items: Lamps; hair dryers; plug, switch & wiring repairs; clock; vacuum cleaners; fans; games & toys
Wooden items: Furniture (chairs, small tables); toys & doll furniture; frames
Clothes: Replace buttons; hem pants/skirts; replace zippers; patch holes or tears; minor alterations
Textiles: Repair blankets & quilts
Bikes: Safety checks; gear & brake adjustments; seat & handlebar adjustments; cleaning & lubrication
Jewelry: Replace clasps, restringing, gluing
Computers: software installation, basic diagnostic & troubleshooting
Misc items: rewiring frames and mirrors, repairing broken ceramics, fixing things with stripped out screws, dolls
We need you!
Volunteer Repair Coaches
We are always looking for volunteers who are handy at fixing things (electrical appliances, lamps, textiles, toys, instruments…almost anything!) to help extend the life of broken objects. You don’t have to be an expert. If you would like to learn more about becoming a repair coach, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planning and Event Day Volunteers
If you would like to join our team of volunteers that are planning these Repair Café events or help us welcome and direct people during the Repair Cafés, please email email@example.com.
About Repair Café
The Repair Café concept arose in the Netherlands, in 2009, and was formulated by Martine Postma, at the time an Amsterdam-based journalist/publicist. In 2010, she started the Repair Café Foundation. This foundation provides support to local groups around the world wishing to start their own Repair Café. The foundation also supports the Repair Café in Saratoga Springs.
The Repair Café Foundation has the following goals:
- to bring back repairing into local society in a modern way;
- to maintain repair expertise and to spread this knowledge; and
- to promote community cohesion by connecting neighbors from different backgrounds and experiences through an inspiring and low-key event.