What do you do with a dress that has a tear? With a toaster that no longer works? Toss it? No way! The region’s next Repair Café is Saturday, January 11th, 2020 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm at the First Congregational Church’s Arnold Auditorium, 199 Valley Street in Willimantic.
A Repair Café is a free event during which volunteer “fixers” are available to help make all possible repairs free of charge except for the cost of replacement parts. People visiting the Repair Café can bring their broken items from home. Toasters, lamps, hair dryers, clothes, bikes, toys, crockery — anything that is broken that can be carried in is welcome and can more than likely be repaired. The fixers in the Repair Café almost always have the know-how.
Individuals handy at repair in the areas of book binding, sewing, furniture, electrical appliances, electronics, bicycles, blade sharpening, small engines, tools, ceramics, and more are welcome.
The Repair Café helps the environment by fixing manufactured items and decreases the need to buy replacements. Organizers of the Repair Café include community members inspired by the Transition Town principles. These principles seek to build resilience in response to peak oil, climate destruction, and economic instability and promote the idea
of community learning, assisting and relying on each other for goods and services. The Repair Café is a way to meet those means and to build community, skills and relationships.
Contact organizer Virginia Walton at 860-429-3333 to learn more about the Repair Café.