Free fixes featured at "Repair Café"
People headed to a special event in Sellwood – carrying toasters, lighting fixtures, and clothing – got quizzical looks from folks shopping on S.E. 13th Avenue on Sunday, September 14th.
They were on their way to Portland Homestead Supply Co., holding their precious-yet-broken items, hopeful of restoring them.
Today, were holding what we call a Repair Café, explained Repair PDX Coordinator Lauren Gross.
All of our repair people here do it for free; its an all-volunteer effort, said Gross. We have been organizing monthly Repair Cafés, since our first one in May of 2013.
We do this because it's fun! Gross said with a grin. And, because fixing things keeps them out of the landfill.
But, also we found the repairing peoples things seem to make them happy. To have fixed something to which they have a strong personal attachment – so they can continue using or wearing it – turns out to be a very good thing for us all.
Lean more about Repair Café online: www.repairpdx.org.
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