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Repair Cafe's


I recently purchased a clock from an antique fair in good faith that it did work - i got home and it didn't!

There are slim margins in the antique world and often repairs can wipe out any profit you hope to make.

I was delighted to find a local Repair Café just a few miles from where I live that meet every third Saturday of the month so I took my clock along hopeful that someone could help.

I was thrilled to see such a bustling little community of amazing volunteers who between them have countless years of experience and craftsmanship. They kindly give up their time to fix your treasured possessions and household items. From the regular household devices to the more challenging items such as my 1930's Factory Clock.

I came across three lovely gentlemen who refused to beaten and finally managed to fix my treasure.

The service was fabulous and you could even get a cuppa and pick their brains and all they ask in return is for a donation to help them continue running. They gave my clock such attention that I also baked them a cake as a donation didn't seem enough to say thank you.

The number of Repair Cafes in the UK has roughly doubled to 58 and has increased to 1562 worldwide. Many local County Councils are on board and whilst I can't provide you with an exhaustive list, if you search for Repair Cafes near me it should give you a list similar to the links below;

https://shropshire.gov.uk/recycling-and-rubbish/reduce-reuse-recycle/repair-cafes/ Repair Cafés are typically held at community locations including churches, libraries, and campuses where tools are available and where device owners can fix their broken goods with the help of volunteers. Repair Café is a part of the grassroots movement that aims to reduce waste, overconsumption, and planned obsolescence. It can re-ignite do-it-together and "Do it yourself" spirits and strengthen social cohesion. Dutch journalist Martine Postma who wants to drive local-level sustainability introduced the Repair Café in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 2009. On 18 October 2009, the first Repair Café was held at Fijnhout Theater, Amsterdam-West. On 2 March 2010, the Repair Café Foundation was set up. The foundation was formed to support local groups around the world in setting up their own Repair Cafés. Since then, the number of Repair Cafés has grown quickly. In March 2016 Postma registered more than 1,000 Repair Cafés worldwide, 327 in the Netherlands, 309 in Germany, 22 in the UK, 21 in the US, 15 in Canada, four Australia and one in India. In March 2018 the number of Repair Cafés climbed over 1,500, in 2021 the number reached 2,000. In 2017, the first International Repair Day was announced. It is intended to be an annual event, taking place on the third Saturday of October each year. Repair Café is not only about repairing broken items in a fixed location. It is also about commoning the tools, spaces, knowledge, and skills. For instance, instead of everyone buying their own sewing machine from the market, sharing and commoning the private-owned one would take place in a repair cafe. In terms of knowledge and skill sharing, the individuals who join the repair cafe workshops are usually happy to help others to repair broken items and teach what they know about repairing as well. A great initiative we can and should tap into when Sustainability is so important! Happy Repairing!


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