What is a Repair Fair?

The Repair Fair is back on February 14, 2019!

Picture: Repair Café International Foundation

The Repair Fair is a community event that encourages community members to work together to learn basic repair skills and empower people to fix their broken household items rather than sending them to landfill. People skilled in fixing items such as clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, toys, etc. volunteer as “fixers” to repair broken items.

Addison County Solid Waste Management District’s Repair Fair is based on the idea of a “Repair Café,” which was originated in Amsterdam in 2009 by a sustainability advocate named Martine Postma. After the successful implementation of several Repair Cafés in her area, Postma founded the Repair Café Foundation in 2010, to spread the idea and share resources throughout the globe. Since then, over 30 countries have joined the movement and over 1,400 Repair Cafés have been established.

The three fundamental objectives of the Repair Café Foundation are:

  • To promote the lost art of repair in modern communities
  • To learn and teach repair skills and information
  • To cultivate social cohesion by gathering a diverse group of community members and encouraging them to work together to meet each other’s needs

Addison County Solid Waste is excited to be hosting our second Repair Fair on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at the Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury. We hope the event will encourage residents to be more mindful about their waste, and empower community members to keep broken items out of the landfill.

Do you have a repair skill you’d like to contribute to this event? Contact Elizabeth Cultrara at elizabeth@acswmd.org or 802-388-2333 to volunteer!