Do you have a wobbly chair, torn clothing or blunt garden tools lying around the house? Well, don’t throw them out. Chances are those goods can be fully repaired at no cost to you.
Simply bring those broken items to the Albury-Wodonga Repair Café and volunteer experts will fix them for no charge. Best of all, you repair your items yourself alongside the expert, learning new skills and gaining an understanding of how things work.
Whether it’s a bike, clothing, furniture or some other household item that needs mending, someone will be happy to fix it and with an 80 per cent repair rate, it’s more than likely that your pre-loved goods will get new ‘lives’.
The Albury Wodonga Repair Café began in 2015 and is now the largest in Australia.
The repairers will aim to fix the following items:
- Battery-operated appliances
- Scratched DVDs-CDs
- Jewellery (costume and fine jewellery, on selected dates)
They can even help you sharpen your small garden tools such as secateurs and shears.
The Repair Café has a collection of repair books on various topics for visitors to browse and a comprehensive listing of professional repairers.
Coffee, tea and home-made goodies are provided free of charge.
The Repair Café movement started in Amsterdam in 2009 and there are now almost 1500 cafés worldwide. The principle is simple: why throw it away when it can be fixed?
By repairing rather than discarding goods, you can do your bit to help the environment. Fixing things is generally much cheaper than manufacturing new products, given the cost of raw materials and energy, not to mention the CO2 emitted in the manufacturing process.
The Albury Wodonga Repair Café operates from 10.00am-1.00pm on the first Saturday of every month (except January) at the Sustainable Activity Centre (SAC) on Gateway Island, Lincoln Causeway, Wodonga. It's proudly supported by Halve Waste.