The next Repair Cafe event will be a Children’s Edition, focusing on children’s items (clothing, toys, stuffed animals, baby furniture, etc.) on Sat Nov 26th at the North Shore Library from 10 am to 3 pm. There will even be a special “take apart” station where kids can tinker with tools!
The Repair Cafe “fixers” have the experience to advise, assist and teach you how to carry out the repair. We can even repair some items that are no longer manufactured. Since 2018 our skilled volunteers have diverted hundreds of items from the landfill. If we find the item is not repairable, we will offer advice on where to recycle it. And here’s the best part: it’s free!
Being part of the Repair Cafe is fun and rewarding. Do you know someone with the knowledge to make repairs or with skills in event planning or social media who might like to join the Repair Cafe team? Get in touch!
Margaret Stewart (below, right) brought her ailing vacuum cleaner to our most recent Repair Cafe, and we’re please to report that it is merrily sucking once again thanks to fixer Jamie Harbottle. With a “fix rate” of 72%—one of the highest we have ever had—Margaret’s vacuum was one of 44 items kept in service and kept out of the landfill! Well done, Repair Cafe team! From the sandwich makers, to the registration team, to the triage squad to the fixers, you rock!
The Kamloops Repair Café is an initiative of Transition Kamloops, an organization focused on increasing local resilience and self-sufficiency in food, water, energy, culture and wellness. The Repair Cafe concept arose in the Netherlands in 2010 and has grown worldwide connecting volunteer fixers with “fixees” to reduce waste and conserve resources by reducing consumption.