Repair Cafe – January 2014

 

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It’s better to be inside in the Repair Cafe having a good cup of coffee!

 

A couple of weeks ago, Transition KW hosted the second Repair Café of this season in partnership with the good people from KwartzLab (33 Kent Ave., Kitchener). As you probably know, the whole idea of the Repair Cafes started in the Netherlands few years ago and rapidly spread throughout many countries. The main purpose of the Repair Café is to help people to fix all kind of things, from electrical appliances to clothes and furniture… but at the same time is a great opportunity to build community and learn new “hands-on” skills that can help us to better transition towards a more sustainable and resilient society. And this is important, especially now that “programmed obsolescence” has shortened the useful life of many products.

So, despite very cold and snowy weather that weekend, many people decided to come to the Repair Café and try to fix their stuff. Samantha Kristoferson (TransitionKW) was the perfect host, welcoming everyone with a warm cup of coffee and cookies and explaining how Repair Café worked, Doug Moen guided those interested in visiting Kwartzlab Makerspace, and a great team of skilled volunteers helped to fix clothes, chairs, and even a keyboard piano, among other things. On a personal note, all the stuff that I brought (including a winter coat with a missing button and a toaster) was wonderfully repaired by the volunteers.

We’re looking forward to host our third Repair Café in March. If you are interested, stay tuned!

 

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A volunteer working on a t-shirt

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Doug taking apart an electronic keyboard

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What’s that? It’s a toaster, already a classic in our Repair Cafes

 

 

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Someone brought a wood chair to be repaired

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Old electronic stuff, such as this hi-fi stereo, can also be fixed in our Repair Cafes

 

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