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Join Us at Houston’s First Repair Cafe!
October 28, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
What do you do with:
- A CD player that doesn’t open?
- A toaster or lamp that no longer works?
- A sweater with a hole or clothing with a damaged seam?
We’re Hosting Houston’s First Repair Café and We Need You!
Saturday, October 28th from 1:00pm – 5:00pm
TX/RX Labs @ 205 Roberts Street, 77003
A Repair Cafe celebrates fixing through a fun, collaborative, hands-on, fix-n-learn, community event. People bring us their broken items for assessment, disassembly and repair. Bring your toolkit and join us to have fun and learn while helping others troubleshoot and fix their broken stuff! Volunteers assess, take apart, and hopefully — REPAIR.
Transition Houston is partnering with TX/RX Labs, the City of Houston Green Building Resource Center, Houston Complete Communities, Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, Texas Campaign for the Environment, and the Houston Peace and Justice Center in this effort!
Sign Up to Participate!
Online at: https://repaircafehouston.eventbrite.com
use the QR code, or contact Steve Stelzer at 832.394.9050.
Do you have an item in need of repair?
We invite you to bring in a broken item and meet local people who have offered to share their skills to help you make repairs. If you have nothing to repair, you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. Or you can lend a hand with someone else’s repair job. You can also get inspired at the reading table, by leafing through books on repairs and DIY.
Acceptable Items to Bring:
Clothing, Small Appliances, Tools/blades for sharpening
Can you volunteer to help with repair or with the event?
Calling all handywomen, handymen, handy kids, handy teens and families, tinkerers, and sewers! Volunteer to have fun and learn through helping others troubleshoot and fix their broken stuff.
Volunteers are also needed on the day of the event as guides and to assist with general coordination.
Why a Repair Cafe?
Our society revolves around consumption. Personal consumption of durable goods add up to 8% of GDP, and non-durable goods add up to 15%, totaling about $4 trillion dollars annually in the USA! The more we buy, the more we throw away, often during the first year! And… most people no longer know how to repair things. For more information, visit www.transitionhouston.org.
The Fixer’s Manifesto
- If it’s broken, fit it!
- Give your stuff a longer life
- Enjoy hands-on, fix-n-learn, community based discovery
- Nurture curiosity, share ideas and skills
- Fixing is good for us and good for the planet
- Disposability is a choice
- Make fixing a way of life!
House Rules & Guidelines
Please take a moment to read the house rules outlining repair cafe and safety guidelines. Participation in the event requires all attendees to agree and abide by these rules. In general,
- Local volunteers with a range of skills are available to give you ideas, suggestions or a helping hand if needed with a repair.
- Visitors carry out the repairs themselves whenever possible, but repair experts are on site and can help as needed.
- Please bring one broken or non-working item per person.*
- Carry-in items only (No stoves, refrigerators, or other large items)
- Volunteers offer no guarantee of items being repaired made by them or with their assistance, and are not liable if objects repaired do not work properly at home.
- Volunteers are not obliged to reassemble disassembled appliances that cannot be repaired.
- If you need replacement parts, such as plugs, fuses etc. you may need to pay for these or pop out and buy them from a local shop.
- Visitors to Repair Café are solely responsible for the removal of broken objects that could not be repaired.
- A voluntary donation for workshop tools and repair materials is greatly appreciated.
* Disclaimer – Please know you bring your items to be repaired at your own risk. Because repairs are made by unpaid volunteers there may be risks. Neither the facilitators of Repair Cafés nor the repair volunteers are liable for any loss or damage that may result from advice or instructions, for the loss of items handed over for repair, for indirect or consequential loss, or for any other kind of loss resulting from repairs made by Repair Café.