What are they? Community events for fixing broken things.
Martine Postma organised the first repair café in Amsterdam in 2009, and now they take place all over the world. The idea is simple: it’s a free community meetup where people can bring their broken household goods and repair them together. At a repair café you’ll find free tools and skilled volunteers who can help you fix your gear, from bicycles to hairdryers or even your favourite jeans. In Sydney, Repair Café Sydney North meets twice a month in Lane Cove and also offers a sharpening service for dull knives and pruning tools. The Bower hosts weekly and monthly repair cafes at its Redfern and Parramatta locations, dedicated to specific types of items such as mobile phones, furniture, clothing and electricals. And a little further afield in Katoomba, community tool library Toolo also hosts monthly repair cafés. True to the name, there’s usually tea and coffee available so you can have a cuppa while you fix that wobbly table leg once and for all.