International Repair Day
Saturday October 21, 8am-4pm
TinkerMill Celebrates International Repair Day with Inaugural Repair Café Event
LONGMONT, CO, October 21 – TinkerMill, the largest makerspace in Colorado, proudly announces its participation in International Repair Day by hosting its first-ever Repair Café on October 21. This event invites community members to bring in their broken items, ranging from electronics, clothing, bicycles, small household appliances, to toys, for hands-on repair experiences in a bid to promote sustainability and reduce waste.
1. Expert Tinkerers on Deck: Skilled volunteers from TinkerMill will be available to assist with repairs across various categories, including:
Electronics: Radios, laptops, phones, etc.
Furniture: Chairs, tables, drawers, etc.
Clothing: Torn seams, missing buttons, etc.
Small Appliances: Toasters, blenders, lamps, etc.
Bicycles: Adjustments, punctures, etc.
Toys: Broken parts, assembly issues, etc.
2. TinkerMIll shops include: woodworking, machining, electronics, welding and more. See these shops in use by experts and learn how they are used.
3. Community Building: Engage with fellow community members, exchange repair stories, and collaborate in an environment passionate about repair and sustainability.
“A Repair Café is a great opportunity to share our skills and tools with the community to not only fix broken items, keeping things out of the landfill, but to also teach others how to fix things themselves. It’s amazing being around so many energetic and enthusiastic volunteers every day at the TinkerMill.”
CE Raum - TinkerMill Member and Vice President TinkerMill Board of Directors
International Repair Day was established in 2017 to promote the value and importance of repairing, including at community events like Repair Cafés or Restart Parties. The event occurs annually on the third Saturday in October. The first International Repair Day was organized on 21 October 2017. The second International Repair Day took place on 20 October 2018. The 2018 event focused on the Right to Repair: the right to access information and resources needed for repair, and the need for products to be more durable, efficient and repairable.
International Repair Day is organized by the Open Repair Alliance, an international group of repair organizations collaborating to make electronic products more durable and easier to repair, including The Repair Cafe Foundation (Netherlands), The Restart Project (UK), iFixit, Anstiftung Foundation (Germany) and Fixit Clinic (United States). Now over 6,000 Repair Cafes have set up by other like-minded electricians, handy people, DIYers, and makerspaces like TinkerMill!