What do you do with a chair when the leg has come loose? With a toaster that no longer works? Or a woollen jumper with moth holes? Toss it? No way! You can repair it at the Repair Café Repair Cafés are free meeting places and they’re all about repairing things (together). In the place where a Repair Café is located, you’ll find tools and materials to help you make any repairs you need. On clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances, toys, et cetera. You will also find repair specialists such as electricians, seamstresses, carpenters and bicycle mechanics. Visitors bring their broken items from home. Together with the specialists they start making their repairs in the Repair Café. It’s an ongoing learning process. 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.
It’s a common attitude: Why do things the hard way? Let’s enjoy life’s little luxuries, and so on. But as this attitude spreads, ever fewer people remember how to repair broken or damaged objects, such as clothing, lights, and household appliances. They don’t know how to, and what’s worse, they don’t want to know. Throw it out, is the order of the day.
Martine Postma’s Repair Café project wants to put an end to this, and make people mend their ways – and their broken objects.