Repair Cafés are free community events where skilled “fixers” volunteer to lend their skills to residents who bring in their broken items for repair. The goal of the events is to keep stuff out of the landfill, conserve resources, save money and share skills throughout the community. The next Repair Café in Clark County will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, at the Clark County Habitat for Humanity Store, 10811 S.E. 2nd St. in Vancouver.
Bring your clothing or clean linens, small home appliances, lamps, fans, small motor engines, yard and garden tools that need sharpening, jewelry or small electronics, and fixers will try to repair them or help you fix them! Attendees may bring one or two items each and must be present during the repair. Experienced fixers will try to repair or mend your items and can sometimes teach you how to fix them. Please only bring items small enough to be easily carried by one person, and do not bring any items that are leaking, dangerous, dirty or have a strong odor.
There are no guarantees an item can be fixed, or that attempting to fix it won’t break it even more, but fixers will be available to diagnose problems and offer their best, unbiased advice. Volunteers will provide free diagnosis and repair skills, and replacement parts may be available for sale at a low cost (i.e. cords, spark plugs). Attendees are encouraged to bring replacement parts (i.e. cords, buttons, spark plugs) specific to their broken item for fixers to use in the repair.
For more information, including a complete list of acceptable items, visit www.RepairClarkCounty.org. For additional questions, email RepairClarkCounty@gmail.com. If you can’t attend this Repair Café, another one will be offered from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on May 25 at the Vancouver Community Library.