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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.

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.

Winter Repair Fair

When: Thursday, February 20th, 2020, 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! Free and open to all.

A clothing station at a past Repair Fair Repair Skills Offered:

  • Appliances (small items only)
  • Bicycles
  • Clothing
  • Electronics (small items only)
  • Housewares (furniture, lamps, etc.)
  • Jewelry

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 during the event for a hands-on demo.

  • 5:30-6:30: Good for the Sole: Sock Darning and Shoe Repair - Drop by to learn how to re-attach loose soles and bring your hole-ridden socks to have them darned and lengthen the life of your footwear! We’ll show you how it’s done! Bring your own shoes and socks and fix them with the supplies we have available.
  • 6:30-7:30: Clean up your Act: D.I.Y Green Cleaning - Be kind to the environment and your wallet at the same time! Come during our public sale to learn how you can use a few basic, food-safe ingredients to clean your whole home. Bonus: Take home a free sample, bottle or jar included!

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 3 (stops at 15th & Washington, and Western & 16th), 6 (stops at 15th & Western, and Western & 8th) and 8 (stops at 15th and Washington, and Western & 16th) stop within 2-5 blocks of our building. The Night Owl bus also stops near us. View full details on the Corvallis Transit System website.

Volunteers needed! Learn more and find links to sign-up here.

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

"House Rules"

The following are the rules we ask all to play by at our Repair Fair events:

  • Our goal is to teach attendees how to repair broken items themselves. Attendees are encouraged to learn how to fix their damaged item(s) with support from repair experts onsite. Attendees must be present at the event during repair of their belongings.
  • Please only bring appliances that are small enough to be carried by hand to the Repair Fair.
  • All repairs are performed free of charge by volunteers.
  • Event organizers and repair volunteers are not liable for any loss of item(s) (either directly or indirectly) resulting from work performed on them. Attendees bringing in broken items for repair do so at their own risk. Our repair volunteers offer no guarantee that an item brought in to be worked on can be repaired; and may not work as intended when brought home.
  • Repair volunteers are entitled to refuse certain objects and are not obliged to reassemble disassembled appliances that can’t be repaired.
  • Attendees are responsible for the tidy removal of broken items that could not be repaired.