Repair Fairs are gaining a following and considered valued community events. The two in September – in West Linn and in Hillsboro – were no exception. In fact, the Washington County Repair Fair team hit a milestone this month – we hit 1,000! More than 1,000 items have been brought to Repair Fairs held in Washington County, Oregon since 2015! If we added in the hundreds of items brought to Clackamas County repair events over the years… that is a lot of items kept in use and not trashed.
West Linn Robinwood Station’s sixth Repair Fair welcomed many return customers as well as several new repairers. 14 volunteers including 4 Master Recyclers devoted their time and expertise to helped 40 people repair and divert 34 items (265 lbs!) from the landfill while building community. Items repaired included: lamps, vacuum cleaners, CD player, space heater, shredder, wooden drawer, chair spindle, and various items of clothing and bags. Nineteen other items were brought in, but could not be repaired or are still in progress.
At the Fair in Hillsboro, 35 people brought in nearly 60 items for like clothing that need seams repaired and buttons re-affixed. Our 12 volunteers saw several bicycles, a vacuum, a latte machine, a rice cooker, a weed wacker and sandals come through. About 70 percent of items brought in were fixed. Its cool to still seeing strong repair rates – a testament to the knowledgeable volunteers ready to troubleshoot and figure out solutions.
Shout out to Kat, the only sewing volunteer at the Hillsboro event! Kat held down the sewing corner and fixed up about 20 items – more sewing items than we usually see at a single event. And welcome to a couple of our newest volunteers – Lori and Sanjay!
Special thanks for support from Clackamas County, Friends of Robinwood Station, the City of West Linn, the Hillsboro Libary and all the volunteers that support these events.
Come on out to a Repair Fairs in your area and get something fixed or sign up to volunteer: