Repair Fairs

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About OSU Repair Fairs

Repair Fairs are an event series sponsored by the student group Waste Watchers, a joint group of Campus Recycling and the Student Sustainability Initiative.

In the 2016-17 academic year, fairs were hosted once per term (November, February and May). Details for the coming year vary, so stay tuned to this page for information about upcoming fairs.

Why Repair Fairs?

We believe in providing a space that allows us to exchange ideas rather than dollars, developing people into fixers rather than consumers, and reusing materials rather than wasting them. We offer Repair Fairs to realize this vision. We believe you will benefit by: 

  • Save Money: Score free repairs so you don’t have to buy more stuff.
  • Gain Skills: Connect with others to learn new skills or share your own.
  • Reduce Waste: Save your beloved belongings and conserve natural resources.

About the Spring Repair Fair

Clothing repair at a previous Repair Fair

When: Wednesday, May 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: OSUsed Store, 644 SW 13th St.

Bring your broken items and volunteers will help you learn how to repair your belongings; attend demos to learn more skills! See list below for what’s on offer this time. Free and open to all.

Repair skills offered:

  • Appliances & Electronics (small items only, please)
  • Bicycles
  • Clothing
  • Computer Diagnostics
  • Housewares (furniture, ceramics, etc.)
  • Jewelry
  • Woodwind Instruments
  • And more!

Note: We don’t have spare parts, but will do our best to repair what we can and/or refer you to where you could find the parts you need. If you have parts already, we may be able to help you install them.

Drop-In D.I.Y. Demonstrations:

Demonstrations will be drop-in style - come by anytime in the listed timeframe for a hands-on demo.

5:30 - 6:30 PM
  • It’s in the Bag: D.I.Y. T-Shirt Bags - Learn how to reduce waste by making an old T-shirt into a reusable bag using a quick and easy technique! Leave with your very own reusable bag along with the know-how to make more at home. All supplies provided, but feel free to bring your own shirt if you have one you’d like to use.  (Leader: Emily Wells, Growing Food Security Coordinator, Student Sustainability Initiative).
  • Let’s Get Started: Seed Planting - Find out firsthand how easy it is to start preparing for a garden as we make seed starters in reused paper egg cartons. Leave with your very own planted seeds to add to your garden this spring. (Leader: Micco Emeson, Landscape Projects Coordinator, Student Sustainability Initiative)

6:30 - 7:30 PM
  • Stop Pesky Pokes: Fix Protruding Bra Wires - Hate throwing bras away because of that annoying wire? Learn a quick fix for when that pesky underwire pokes through. (Leader: Callie Limbaugh, Recruitment Chair, Waste Watchers)
  • Flat Chance: Bike Tire Care & Repair - Don’t let a simple fix get in the way of your ride. Come by to learn how to repair your tube when you have a flat and the basics of good tire care to keep you rolling all year long. Bring your punctured tubes! (Leader: Kevin Grant, Corvallis Sustainability Coalition)

Venue map. Click to view larger.Additional Details:

Directions: We are located at 644 SW 13th St. in Corvallis; see a map of the entrance and parking here; view our building on Google Maps here. Please enter through the warehouse gate on 13th Street, between A Ave. and the railroad tracks. City buses 36 and 8 stop within 2-4 blocks of our building while routes 15 and 7 stop 6 blocks away at 11th & Monroe (view full details on the Corvallis Transit System website or use Google Transit to find the best option for you).

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For questions, accommodation requests, or to volunteer, please contact Andrea Norris via email or at 541-737-5398.