Dealing with a buggy keyboard? Accidentally crack your favorite ceramic vase? Buy a vintage lamp recently that stopped working within a week and you want to cry? Yes, that last example is overly specific because it’s from my actual life. I’m so sad. Anyway, hope is not lost because the Philly Fixer’s Guild is here for you (and I)!
The Philly Fixers Guild was formed in 2014 with the goal of bringing skilled volunteers together to promote the idea of “repair rather than replace.” At their recurring Repair Fairs, people from the community can bring their broken items to have them fixed.
Usually the fixers can also teach you how the repair is done so you can DIY the fix yourself in the future, or just appear super handy when friends and family wind up with a similar problem. Did I mention Repair Fairs are free? Yeah, pretty awesome.
Here are just a few examples of types of items the Repair Fair can help you mend:
- Dull kitchen knives
- Broken/tangled jewelry
- Sticky keyboard keys
- Unresponsive laptops
- Broken handle on your favorite mug
You get the idea. If you think the Repair Fair may be able to help you out, just bring your item by! There’s nothing to lose, and you just might learn a helpful new skill.
A few official guidelines:
- Guests are generally expected to stay with their item; dropping an item off for us to work on defeats the purpose of the Repair Fair
- We cannot work on weapons, vehicles or items that contain Hazardous Materials
- If you already know your item needs a particular replacement part, order it early and bring it with you to the fair
- As long as you can carry the item in, we will do our best to get it repaired
There will, of course, be some things that cannot be reasonably fixed or might need a part that must be ordered. In these cases, a fixer will recommend the best course of action. Usually, he or she will be able to supply you with info on part numbers and repair steps so you can complete the repair at home on your own!
Repair Fair #8
Saturday, June 25
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Portside Arts Center, 2531 E. Lehigh Ave.