Toss it, no way! ~ Repair Cafe International
RUDE had a fun and very busy few hours at the first Melbourne (inner west) Repair Cafe. It was held in Seddon, Melbourne on 6 March, 2016.
We had a drive down the highway, as the repair cafe we are participating in, is not held in our town. We were keen to make this event memorable. We arrived early at the cafe where the event was to be held. Our mantra which is Beat The Man was foremost in our renegade repairer minds.
The previous day, we had spent time trying to think what might be necessary to use. It was a big unknown really but we gathered together enough but not too much, in order to mend and make do. We were hoping that some fixees might also bring some of their own repair resources, like fabric for patching and appropriate coloured thread.
When the time came to start repairing, it was full on, with the cafe rocking repair. RUDE Boy was thrilled to repair two vintage Planet lamps. And I had a couple of garment repairs to keep me busy on the sewing machine. There were two other fixers besides RUDE, also kept busy with repairs. And our Repair Cafe organisers, triaged the repair jobs and gathered statistics.
It demonstrated to me how resourceful I can be when the need arises, and is immediate. Repair Cafe is not only a test of how quickly you can think on your feet but also your physical resilience to multitask. I was literally juggling a couple of repairs at once, chatting with people, showing them how to repair and operating a sewing machine, filling out forms and having photos taken.
I guess debriefing in this blog post, has bought to mind speed dating. Repair Cafe is akin to speed dating and could be titled speed mending!
Seriously, it was the most incredible reuse and repair experience for RUDE. The best parts were meeting the fixees, discussing with them their precious and/or useful possessions before their items were repaired, and then showing them how to repair,
and interacting with them during the repair process.
The icing on the repair cafe cake was the photos taken of the fixers with their respective fixees. The thing that stood out the most for RUDE Girl was there was not too much time to ponder and procrastinate over the repair. I just had to get to it, and mend and make do with what I had bought along.
Beat the Man by cutting out the middle man, and try speed mending. It’s free and a blast!