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About OSU Repair Fairs

Repair Fairs are an event series sponsored by the student group Waste Watchers, a group run by Campus Recycling.

Details for each fair vary, so stay tuned to this page for information about upcoming fairs. Repair Fairs will be offered twice in this academic year, in fall and spring. 

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.

Spring 2022 Repair Fair

  • When: Wednesday, May 11th, 2022, 4-6 pm
  • Where: OSU Student Experience Center (SEC) Plaza (view on Google Maps)

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 OSU and the public.

Join the event on Facebook to receive updates.

Bring Your Broken:

  • Appliances/Electronics
  • Small Furniture
  • Bicycles
  • Clothing
  • Computers

Sign Up to be a Repair Volunteer Here

(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.)

Visit booths:

Booths are drop-in style - come by whenever you like in the scheduled timeframe.

  • 4-5 pm: No-Sew T-shirt Transformations (led by Waste Watchers Ella Johansen and Jane O'Sullivan)
    • Our Waste Watchers volunteers will teach you how to revitalize your old t-shirts with no-sew techniques! If you don't have a t-shirt that you can DIY, get one at the booth or pick out your own at the Pop-up Shop!
  • 5-6 pm: Darn It! Fixing Holes in Jeans & Socks (led by Waste Watcher Alyssa Pratt)
    • Our volunteers will teach you how to repair holes in your jeans and socks with a technique called darning. Bring your clean socks and jeans to this demo to keep your clothes from ending up in the landfill.
  • 4-6 pm: Pop-up Shop: Used Clothing Sale (hosted by Greeks Go Green)
    • Greek life on campus have come together to collect donated clothing from OSU students. Now, they are selling the donated clothing at the Repair Fair! Everything is $5 or less and all proceeds go to Jackson Street Youth Services.

Directions:

The Student Experience is at 2251 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis, OR 97331, between the Memorial Union and Valley Library (view on Google Maps); the SEC Plaza is the outdoor, covered between the SEC and MU.

PARKING/DROP-OFF:

  • Covered bike parking is available just north of the SEC Plaza.
  • For vehicles, large items may be dropped off before you park. The check-in booth will hold your item until you are able to return. Drop-off location: 2501 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis, OR 97331.
  • Limited, metered vehicle parking can be found on Jefferson Way for $2 an hour, free after 5pm. The parking garage found on 661 SW 26th St, across from Gill Colosseum, offers metered $1-2 hourly rates or $4-6 for a daily pass. Street parking outside of campus may also be available.

CITY & CAMPUS TRANSIT:

  • City routes 3 and 8 stop at 26th and Jefferson. For more routes and info, click here.
  • The Beaver Bus's East Route stops directly in front of the event as well as near the parking garage. Schedules are located here and route maps are here.
  • There is a bike rack with room for one or two adult-sized bikes on every city bike.
  • On every bus, there are also ramps or lifts that can lower to curb height, and each bus has a reader board and verbally announced stops.

Volunteers needed

Support volunteers are needed to run this fair smoothly, if you would like to help by staffing this event, please sign-up here.

If you would like to volunteer to be a repair volunteer, please sign-up here.

Contact Info

For questions, accommodation requests, or to volunteer, please contact John Deuel via email or at 541-737-2856.