Fix-it Fair

 

Informational flyer for fix-it fair designed by Midnight Tangerine. Includes information about types of repairs with picture of wrench, hammer and needle and thread

Participating volunteers include:

Julie of Sew Darned Knotty: Clothing mending and visible mending tutorials

Madison of Stump of Approval: Clothing mending (machine and hand stitching)

Jane of Gaudy By Nature: Clothing mending (machine and hand stitching)

Hanako Okazaki: Clothing mending (hand mending and sashiko-style mends)

NW Free Repairs: Small appliance repairs -several small appliance repair people and a sewing machine repair specialist, and a phone and computer specialist. We fix small appliances, lamps, kitchen items, tools, electrical items, kids’ toys, space heaters – basically anything you can bring in. While we can’t fix everything, we do have an excellent record of successful repairs. Please don't bring anything containing gasoline or petroleum products, hazardous, or grimy items

Arcaetive: small appliance repair

Cascadia Mobile Bike Service: Bike Repair - tire patching, break adjustments, drive train adjustments, E-bike assessments

Lierre Filigree Jewelry: Jewelry Repair

Clara's Canning and Hunter Lydon: Knife Sharpening - limit 2 knives per person

Sarah Wagstaff of SUOT Farm and Sy Coughlin: Shoe polishing

 

 

  • Bring items to be repaired at no cost (donations gladly accepted).
  • Items requiring additional parts and tools may be referred out to other local organizations/businesses.
  • For those bringing multiple items to repair, please be advised that if others are waiting, we will repair one item and ask that you wait in line again for additional repairs so that we can serve as many people as possible in the short time we have.
  • Repairs cannot be guaranteed but volunteers will do their best!

How it all started...

After working in the airline industry for years, I became acutely aware of how comfortable and overly dependent we have become on disposables: single use plastic cups, tiny hotel shampoos, water bottles…the list goes on. 

Then I became a mother of two and realized how much laundry soap, shampoo, baby food pouches, etc. our family alone uses. I started looking for alternatives to single use plastic options and got stuck on dish soap. I could not find an option for liquid dish soap that was not sold in plastic, worked well, and was affordable. I figured if I was struggling to find easy alternatives, so were others. 

I believe we all need to be making better decisions about how we treat our bodies and our planet and I promise to do my best and to make better decisions every day. I hope you’ll join me!

-Leah, Owner

Our Core Values

We are very careful in choosing the companies we work with. We want to support closed-loop (product packaging is sent back to manufacturer to be sanitized and reused, eliminating waste), local companies whenever possible. We want to help you choose companies that share your values as well. Use our filtering system to choose closed-loop, vegan, woman-owned, or West Coast based companies.

Conservation

To us, it is not enough to cut down on our own single-use plastic waste. We want to ensure the companies we are working with take this seriously as well. We prioritize working with closed-loop and zero-waste companies as well as companies striving to affect change.

Transparency

We believe that honesty creates trust. We are straightforward and can be counted on to give you the facts and to tell you when we don’t have the answers…and then we will go find them for you.

Continuous Improvement

We are still learning every day. We will always be looking for better products, more efficient ways to bring you products and information, and great new ideas!

Collaboration

Community is at the heart of what we are doing. Building relationships with customers, other businesses and other organizations is what drives us. We love helping connect people with resources.

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