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Repair Fair Draws a Crowd

A volunteer fixer works on a vacuum.
Volunteers with Sewing for Change smile behind their sewing machines.
A volunteer disassembles an appliance.
A Repair Fair participant holds up a repaired weed trimmer.

ACSWMD’s third Repair Fair was held on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at the Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury. The Repair Fair is a free community event where volunteer fixers help repair participants' broken items. The goal is to keep usable, fixable things out of the landfill while sharing skills, excitement, and community connections to build a culture of repair.

Over 70 people attended, bringing with them 90 broken or worn items. Of these, nearly a quarter were appliances like toasters, vacuums, and fans. Other popular items were electronics, lamps, clothing, and jewelry. A few people brought bicycles, furniture, and unique items like an ionizer, a telescope, and a doorbell.

Participants enjoyed refreshments while waiting for their turn to be seen. Kids disassembled electronics at the supervised “Take-Apart Table” to learn how things like computers work. 

The eight volunteer fixers successfully repaired 53 items over the four-hour event, totalling 286 pounds of material kept out of the landfill! 

Are you handy at fixing things? Contact ECO AmeriCorps member Ollie Cultrara at ollie@ acswmd.org if you are interested in volunteering at a future Repair Fair.

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