Have a coat in need of mending? A toaster lever that won’t stay down? What about dull garden pruners? Community members can get these items and many others repaired for free at the second Fix-It Fair in Eugene. The event will be held on Saturday, September 23, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Downtown Eugene Public Library, 100 West 10th Ave.
Attendees will have opportunities to repair their items with coaching, or get them repaired by a professional or volunteer. People are invited to bring clothing or textiles in need of mending, tools in need of sharpening or repair, small appliances (such as lamps and toasters), small electronics, furniture and toys. To cut down on unnecessary waiting times during busy periods, a maximum of ONE broken item per person will be examined. Visit eugenerecycles.org to pre-register for the event and choose a timeslot.
The event will also include kids’ activities. Event sponsors, Café Mam and Sizzle Pie, will provide refreshments for event volunteers and fixers.
The Fix-It Fairs, which use the tagline, “Join the Repair Revolution,” are intended to be part of a longer term effort that raises awareness and use of repair in our community.
Event organizers are seeking volunteers to help with a variety of activities during the event including providing repair, coaching others through repairing or mending, setting up and taking down, greeting, and managing refreshments. To volunteer contact Allie Breyer, City of Eugene Waste Prevention Analyst, at 541-682-5224 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City of Eugene’s Waste Prevention program received a $35,000 grant from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and an additional $35,000 grant from the Urban Sustainability Directors Network to develop, market, and hold the fairs, formerly called “Repair Cafés.”
The first Fix-it Fair was held on July 16 at the Amazon Community Center. More than 170 people attended the event and over 80 percent of the items were repaired.