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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.

Spring Repair Fair

When: Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 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/electronics
  • housewares
  • clothing
  • bicycles
  • computer diagnostics
  • 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 anytime in the listed timeframe for a hands-on demo.

  • 5:30-6:30 pm: Clean Up Your Act: D.I.Y. Green Cleaning.

Be kind to the environment and your wallet at the same time! Come learn how you can use a few basic, food-safe ingredients to clean your whole home. Bonus: take home a free sample! (Hosted by: Office of Sustainabilty Eco-Rep Drew Jacobson and volunteer Korrina Wirfs).

  • 6:30-7:30 pm: The Next Chapter: Make Your Own Book Safe

Learn how to keep your treasures and valuables hidden in plain sight with a safe that blends in on your bookshelf! This activity is a perfect way to repurpose old books and is fun for kids of all ages! (Hosted by: Rigel Bloom, OSU Surplus Property).

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).

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.