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Northampton DPW’s ReUse Committee will hold the City’s first community RePair workshop on Saturday, September 16 from 1-4 PM in the Smith Vocational High School cafeteria (80 Locust Street). City residents are invited to bring a household item or two in need of repair; a crew of handy fix-it volunteers will attempt to fix it free of charge (voluntary donations accepted).
Volunteer “fixers” will be available to perform a number of repairs (details will follow as volunteers commit). During the June event knives were sharpened, bicycles, clothing, & accessories (purse, ottoman, sleeping bag) was repaired and many small appliances (including printers & lamps) were fixed. Various tools and basic supplies will be available, some via a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. Some projects may require a participant to purchase additional supplies. Voluntary donations to offset other event expenses will be accepted.
Community repair is a sharing economy movement which promotes repair rather than replacement of durable household items. The noble act of repair, once familiar to older generations, lost popularity as inexpensive imported household goods became available in the U.S. We’ve developed unsustainable dispose and replace habits that waste Earth’s finite resources and produce vast amounts of trash. In addition to resource conservation, public awareness of repair promotes demand for repair skills, services and parts, enhancing the vitality of our local economy.