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 third Fix-It Fair in Eugene. The event will be held on Saturday, December 2, from 12-3 p.m. at the Lane Events Center in partnership with the Lane County Farmers Market.
Volunteers and professionals will provide repairs, and attendees will have opportunities to repair their own items with coaching. People are invited to bring clothing or textiles in need of mending, jewelry, tools in need of sharpening or repair, small appliances (such as lamps and toasters), small electronics, furniture, and toys. Products that will not be accepted include gas-powered items, cook stoves, computers, and bicycles. To cut down on unnecessary waiting times during busy periods, a maximum of ONE broken item per person will be examined. This Fix-it Fair will be first-come, first-serve. Space is limited.
The event is free and open to everyone. The Eugene Public Library Maker Hub will provide activities for kids and adults.
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 options in our community.
Event organizers are seeking volunteers to help during the event by providing repair, coaching others through repairing or mending, setting up and taking down, greeting, and managing refreshments. To volunteer contact Allie Breyer at 541-682-5224 or 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, which are sometimes called “Repair Cafés” in other communities.
The first Fix-it Fair was held on July 16 at the Amazon Community Center. More than 170 attended the event and over 70% of items were repaired. The second Fix-it Fair was at the Downtown Eugene Public Library with about 100 community members in attendance.