Janas Kuczora (left) and Al Stewart fix an electric whetstone at the regional district’s Repair Cafe Saturday at Okanagan College. - Carli Berry/Capital News

Reduce, reuse, recycle: Repair cafes gaining popularity in Kelowna

The Regional District of the Central Okanagan’s cafe was held at Okanagan College Saturday

Repair cafes are gaining popularity in the Central Okanagan.

Kelowna resident Jean Scott brought a small wooden cuckoo clock to the Regional District of the Central Okanagan’s Repair Cafe, Saturday at Okanagan College.

She held up a photo of a young girl, pointing at the clock. She eventually wants to give the clock to her granddaughter, who is now 22, she said.

“(When she was a child) she admired it every time she came over, she’d ask when it was going to cuckoo,” Scott said. “I put it away (for her) and it stopped working.”

The clock’s chain needed to be shortened, said one of the volunteer fixers, but the clock itself is in working condition.

“I just thought it had memories of our family, she’s living away from us right now but I thought she’s of the same mind and she’d enjoy it,” Scott said.

RELATED: Recycle your potato chip and plastic bags in Kelowna

A line stretched outside of the Trade Centre as residents waited patiently for their bikes, sewing machines, circuit boards, among many other items, to be fixed.

The regional district holds two cafes a year, said waste reduction officer Rae Stewart, with the regional district.

“The concept of reducing and repurposing is catching some traction. I think it’s always had traction with a certain demographic, you know, when we started these events a number of years ago, the notion was very foreign,” she said.

“The event is growing,” she said, adding the cafes started with about 20 volunteers and Saturday’s had more than 35.

“We’re thrilled this time in participate because there’s some second-year electrical students at the back,” she said. “We love to see that kind of flavour.”

Will Brogan is an electrical student with the college. He said the cafe was looking for people who can fix electronics.

He was surprised to see the variety of items being fixed at the event.

Brogan’s seen a motor for an exercise machine, a few radios and a lamp pass through his workshop with the other students.

That whole culture of easy come, easy go, easy use up, easy toss, is shifting now. A lot of things (are) designed to fail, but many others can be repaired, quite simply and quite easily with a little bit of expertise,” Stewart said.

@carliberry_
carli.berry@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Nomination date set for Kelowna- Lake Country Conservatives

March 2 is the deadline for anyone who wants to run for the federal nomination

Rutland pride spills over

Reaction to a story this weekend was clear and worth a second read

Benches made from wood that posed a fire risk in Lake Country

The parks team is making benches from the trees removed from the Jack Seaton Park

Family Day move a welcome change: poll

Okanagan readers voted that the new date for Family Day in B.C. is a positive change

Huge crack and bang heard as Wood Lake fractures

‘It was roaring across the lake,’ Lake Country woman recounts sound of crack in Wood Lake ice

Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, resigns amid SNC-Lavalin furor

Butts categorically denies the accusation that he or anyone else in the PMO improperly pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould

B.C. father and sons launch new trunk-sharing system, ‘Trunkit’

Smiths say peer-to-peer shipping service offers an affordable, green alternative

Lost a ring? This B.C. man will find it for you

Chris Turner founded The Ring Finders, an international directory of metal detector hobbyists

Salmon Arm’s Laura Hall on bronze-winning skating squad

Hall’s team placed third in long track team pursuit at the Canada Winter Games

Poverty coalition has high hopes for B.C. poverty reduction strategy

Funding allocation expected to be released with 2019 budget

‘How did we get here?’: B.C. mom of transplant recipient worries about measles outbreaks

Addison, 7, cannot get a live vaccine because she has a heart transplant

Review: Joie de Vivre a celebration of homegrown talent

The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra concert featured Ernst Schneider

Bashful Balladeers bring voices to Vernon

Despite hiding behind masks, talent shines with this group

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh calls for public inquiry over SNC-Lavalin questions

Vancouver member of Parliament Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet last week

Most Read