Volunteer Michael Viliardos teaches an attendee about electronic repair. Click to view larger.
By Kyle Reed
You’re about to vacuum your house for the first time in a week, when you discover that it has mysteriously broken down and refuses to turn on. Taking it in to the shop could be time consuming, and buying a new one feels like such a waste. All of your options would be costly. That is, unless you take it to the Repair Fair.
Offered twice a term, the Repair Fairs provide attendees the opportunity to receive free repairs for a wide variety of items, as well as the chance to learn how to make some quick fixes themselves in the future.
It’s been one year since the Repair Fairs began, and they’ve seen quite a bit of growth and development. In the past year, the combined attendance from each of the Fairs has totaled to be 200, coming from the Corvallis community, OSU faculty and student body. The previous event, the October Repair Fair, saw in addition to this a staggering 51 attendees, a number which broke all previous records for individual Fairs.
Volunteers Steve Cook and Chris Moser repair items at the Housewares section. Click to view larger.
The volunteers who provide the repair skills come from eclectic backgrounds, from enthusiasts and professionals, to hobbyists and do-it-your-selfers. As a coordinator of the event, one of the most enjoyable aspects of the Fairs has been watching everyone put their heads together to solve a tricky problem or find creative solutions. Suddenly, a hopeless cause becomes a loose connection or the need of a simple replacement; it’s gratifying to see attendees walk away with newly-working possessions or the knowledge of how to proceed with the problem.
Members of Energize Corvallis present a demonstration on how to winterize homes and save energy. Click to view larger.
Educational demonstrations have also been a part of the event since February. Originally, we implemented them as another avenue for attendees to learn about repairs, and while attendance has been high in past Fairs, that was not the case during the October event. We are currently in the process of restructuring the demonstrations’ place within the event.
More photos of the October event are available on Facebook.
If you missed out on the October event, The next Repair Fair will be held on November 20, from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. Visit the webpage for more details on which demonstrations and repair skills offered.