Repair Cafe provides an option for old items

Vernon’s First Repair Café will be held in the Xerindipity/Okanagan Science Centre parking lot Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What do you do with a bicycle when the chain has broken, with a book that has fallen apart or that favorite sweater that needs mending?

Toss it? No way.

Vernon’s First Repair Café will be held in the Xerindipity/Okanagan Science Centre parking lot Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bring your broken books, skateboards, knick-knacks, dull knives, binoculars and telescopes, musical instruments, torn or moth-eaten clothing, dysfunctional bicycles and organizers will help you fix them.

There will be a food vendor on site for munchies and beverages.

Vernon’s first Repair Café is organized by Vernon In Transition, in co-operation with the Okanagan Science Centre.

“We throw away vast amounts of stuff in Canada. Things that are barely used get tossed when a simple repair could be the fix,” said event spokesperson Bill Darnell.

“The trouble is, lots of people have forgotten that they can repair things themselves or no longer know how.

“Society doesn’t always show much appreciation for the people who still have this practical fix-it knowledge.”

Handy people are getting involved to help fix stuff and will share and teach this practical knowledge.

The Repair Café teaches people to see their possessions in a new light and to appreciate their value.

Darnell said the Repair Café helps change people’s mindset.

“This is essential to kindle people’s enthusiasm for a sustainable society that can start to see everything as less disposable,” he said.

“But most of all, the Repair Café just wants to show people how much fun repairing things can be, and how easy it often is.”

Repair Cafés are free meeting places and they’re all about repairing things together.

You will find tools and materials to help you make any repairs you need on clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances, toys and more.

You will also find repair specialists such as electricians, knife and tool sharpeners, seamstresses, carpenters and bicycle mechanics.

Visitors bring their broken items from home and together with the specialists they start making their repairs.

For information, contact VernonInTransition@gmail.com.

For updates, visit www.facebook.com/VernonTransition.