If you’ve been waiting for the Repair Fairy to come in the night and fix that broken appliance, those ripped jeans, or that not-quite-working-right piece of equipment, this Sunday’s Fix-It Fair might be your best chance to make amends with your broken items – no magic required.
A fantastic team of volunteers are offering their expertise in repairing appliances, electronics, bikes, and textiles (clothing and other woven or fabric items) at this free community event, which is organized by Regenerative Bowen Island, a non-profit society dedicated to creating a more resilient and connected community here on Bowen.
Bring your items in for repair and uphold the first “R’s” of waste minimization: reducing the need to buy new and reusing what you already have, by seeing if something can be fixed before tossing it in the recycling bin or landfill. You’ll also save some money, meet some of your handy Bowen neighbours, and perhaps learn a thing or two about how to do repairs that you can practice next time something breaks.
This past April was the comeback of the Fix-It Fair, and Bowen Islanders had their lamps, lawnmowers, bikes, sweaters, laptops, wagons, and various other loved items repaired at the hands of the local fix-it team.
We’re planning on making this event happen twice a year from now on, to keep serving the community and building Bowen’s repair network, towards creating a more environmentally responsible and socially connected island.
The Fix-It Fair is happening on Sunday, November 6 from Noon to 3 pm in the Bowen Island Community School gym at 1041 Mt Gardner Road. For the wellbeing of the fix-it team, please make sure that items you bring in for repair are clean (i.e. wash clothing, and wipe down other items). Bring your own mug to enjoy a hot cup of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate in the fix-it lounge and help make this a zerowaste event.
It’s a free event and donations to cover lunch for the fix-it team and venue rental costs are kindly accepted. Hope to see you and your repair worthy items there!