IT’S TIME TO STOP REPLACING BROKEN THINGS — THESE CAFES HAVE THE SOLUTION

This is great! From Monica Humphries and Nation Swell.

Step inside a repair cafe and you’ll find tables filled with welding equipment, wrenches and woodworking tools.

People trickle in holding a broken lamp, ripped quilt or a wobbly bike.

Items are brought in with the hope they might be saved. The quilt might have been a gift from a deceased mother or a bike from a longtime friend.

A repair cafe is often the last step before the junkyard.

Volunteers gather at these cafes and fix broken items for free. The volunteers put their knowledge and skills to the test: What should the torn umbrella be repaired with? What part of a computer’s hard drive needs fixing? How can we salvage this chair?

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