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Published March 21st 2021
Grandma used to mend and make do - why don't you?
Do you have a broken appliance, torn garment, malfunctioning clock or damaged bicycle? Maybe a favourite piece of jewellery with a broken chain, or a mechanical gadget that's just not working? Never fear, a new Repair Cafe is here - centrally located at Woolloongabba!
The new Repair Café at 7 Burke Street will hold its very first fix-it session on Saturday 27 March from 10 am to 1 pm. At the event these repair services will be available:
Sewing - clothing and fabric repair
Bicycle and scooter repairs General IT questions about computers, tablets or phones (computer software) Small electrical appliances repairs (under 50V) Licensed electrical work on appliances (over 50V) Mechanical/clocks General broken items that need glueing, taping and small fix-it jobs
Jewellery repairs Small furniture, timber or joinery repairs
What's a repair cafe?
It's an opportunity to connect repairable broken goods (and their owners) with volunteer Fixers who know how to repair them and can help you do it. It's about sharing repair skills - and it's free!
A circular economy activity, a repair cafe is a simple concept that aims to save items from landfill and reduce the consumption of new goods, which drains precious resources.
A few generations ago, 'mend and make do' was conventional practice, but now the norm is to throw stuff away (where is 'away', anyhow?) and buy new. Along the journey from 'mend' to 'more' we lost the skills for fixing our own items, but repair cafes are reclaiming that space.
Repair Cafe Woolloongabba will open for more sessions over the coming months. The repair services available will depend on the skillsets of the volunteer Fixers each time.
Café committee members are excited about their first session (Photo: Repair Café Woolloongabba
Do you know how to mend or hem clothes, fix clocks, do mechanical or electrical repairs, or work with wood or metal? Why not consider volunteering as a Fixer for the next Repair Cafe? You'll enjoy meeting people, passing on your knowledge, and actively supporting this circular economy initiative.
Don't have the skills to mend and make do? Then pick up your broken things and come down to the cafe to learn how to give them new life. A Fixer with the right skill set will help you make the necessary repairs yourself, so you'll learn how - which is more valuable than having it done for you!
Volunteers waiting to meet you at the first café (Photo: Repair Café Woolloongabba)
A great initiative Lee. If there were hard rubbish collections when I was a youth I think everything would disappear overnight. Come to think of it, I don't think we would throw anything away in the first place. Progress?