Give a second life to household items in need of repair

Resurrect the 'too good to toss' mentality—shift from throw-away to a fix-it society. Repair Café on April 30.

Do you have a household item in need of repair, don’t want to toss it out, but you’re stuck on how to go about fixing it?

A lamp on the fritz? Bicycle in need of repair?  Clothes that need mending? Toaster that just won’t toast?

If so, the Repair Café is just the event you’re looking for.

Hosted by the Regional Waste Reduction Office, the Repair Café takes place at the Okanagan College campus Centre for Learning Atrium on Saturday April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“With the help of our talented volunteer fixers, we’re resurrecting the too good to toss mentality—a shift from the throw-away to a fix-it society,” said Rae Stewart, with the Regional Waste Reduction Office.

And it’s all free.

“Most of our fixers are like-minded hobbyists who enjoy helping others and want to keep items out of the landfill,” Stewart continued.

“They’re all volunteering their time. They vary in age and background, just like those that come with broken items to be fixed.

“This is our fourth Repair Café so far, and momentum is really building with each event.”

Stewart says the idea is not to come in, drop off your item for fixing, and then come back when it’s done, but instead to be part of the repair process. “The Repair Café offers the opportunity to learn new skills, plus a chance to connect with skilled people. It’s a casual environment.”