Transition Repair Café

What is a Repair Café?

Do you have items in your house that need fixing or mending but you don't know how to fix them yourself? Bring your broken items such as toasters, lamps, clothing, jewelry, bicycles, vacuum cleaners or small appliances to the Transition Repair Café! Volunteers will evaluate and fix as many of them as they can for FREE. Volunteers will also be available to answer questions about repairs on items that are too large or not possible to bring in.

How Do I Sign Up ?

Please fill out the Broken Item Repair Form to let us know what you are bringing. This way we can be prepared for your item and also contact you if we need more information about the item.

If you would like to help out at the Transition Repair Café either as a fixer or as a volunteer, please fill out our Volunteer Registration form.

Next Cafés

In conjunction with the Transition Repair Cafés, the Columbia Community Exchange does Skill Shares on a variety of topics such as sock darning, lamp repair, screen repair, homemade toiletries, and patching a hole in a wall.

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Feedback from previous visitors to the Repair Café:

"I'm very pleased. Becky hemmed my pants very quickly and now I can wear them. Thank you, thank you!!"

"For a ceramic spoon rest given me by my Mom - an excellent glue job! Careful, precise, probably permanent. I even learned some repair tricks. Thanks again, and God Bless You."

"Great that I didn't add to the landfill."

"Repair Café is a wonderful idea! I believe in sharing skills and repair rather than replace. Folks were very friendly and skilled."