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Repair Cafe

repair cafe

Love It. Break It. Fix It.

Repair Cafés can bring broken items back to life.

Have you been holding on to an item that just needs a quick fix like a button to be sewn, a vacuum needing a new cord or a bicycle needing a wheel alignment? Then a Repair Café may be the place for you.

A Repair Café is an event where people can bring a variety of household items to be fixed for free.  Whether you’re unsure how to do the repair, don’t have the space or the right tools, the Repair Café offers a solution. Volunteer fixers are available to assess your needs and will do their best to fix your item.

 

How to Volunteer


Volunteer Opportunities

We can’t do this alone! We're looking for eager, enthusiastic people to join our volunteer team.

As a volunteer you may learn new skills, share your skills, be mentored or mentor others. 

Roles include:

  • Fixers:
    • Small applicance repair
    • Sewing
    • Electronics
    • Jewellery
    • Bicycles
  • Greeters
  • Coordinators
Join our volunteer list by completing the Volunteer Application Form.
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Dates and Locations

 

Space is limited.

Registration is required and opens approximately one month before the event date.

Limit of one repair item per person.

Guests can join the back of the queue for any additional items to be fixed once all pre-registered guests have been assisted.

Note: The time it takes to repair an item varies depending on the type of item, type of repair needed, and the number of volunteer fixers. Wait times can exceed one hour in some cases.

Saturday, February 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Markham Public Library, Milliken Mills Branch, 7600 Kennedy Road, Markham
Hosted by Markham Public Library Register Now

Saturday, March 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

East Gwillimbury Public Library, Holland Landing Branch, 9513 Yonge Street, Holland Landing
Hosted by York Region Register Now

Saturday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Markham Public Library, Milliken Mills, 7600 Kennedy Road, Markham
Hosted by Markham Public Library  Register Now

Saturday, May 2 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Newmarket Public Library, 438 Park Ave, Newmarket
Hosted by Newmarket Public Library Register Now

Saturday, June 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Markham Public Library, Milliken Mills, 7600 Kennedy Road, Markham
Hosted by Markham Public Library

Saturday, July 11 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Markham Village Library, 6031 Hwy 7, Markham
Hosted by Markham Public Library

Saturday, July 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

King City Public Library, 1970 King Road, King City
Hosted by King Township

Sunday, August 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Link, 20849 Dalton Road, Sutton
Hosted by York Region 

Saturday, August 29 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Richmond Hill Public Library, 1 Atkinson St, Richmond Hill
Hosted by Richmond Hill Public Library

Saturday, September 12 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Markham Public Library, Milliken Mills, 7600 Kennedy Road, Markham
Hosted by Markham Public Library

Saturday, September 19 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Pierre Berton Resource Library, 4921 Rutherford Rd, Woodbridge
Hosted by Vaughan Public Library

Saturday, October 3 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Newmarket Public Library, 438 Park Ave, Newmarket
Hosted by Newmarket Public Library

Saturday, October 24 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Richmond Hill Public Library, 1 Atkinson St, Richmond Hill
Hosted by Richmond Hill Public Library

Saturday, November 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

East Gwillimbury Public Library, Mount Albert Branch, 19300 Centre Street, Mount Albert
Hosted by East Gwillimbury Public Library

Saturday, November 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Markham Public Library, 6031 Hwy 7, Markham
Hosted by Markham Public Library

Saturday, December 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Schomberg Public Library, 77 Main St, Schomberg
Hosted by King Township

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What can be Fixed


Repair Café specialties* include:


  • Bicycles
  • Jewellery
  • Sewing needs (small tears and repairs)
  • Small appliances
  • Toys

*Specialties at each Repair Café may differ as it is dependent on the volunteer fixers attending that day. When you register online please indicate the item you are bringing and we will confirm by email if your item can not be fixed. If you know your repair will require replacement parts (e.g. bicycle tire tube, buttons, etc.) please bring the parts with you.

Items we cannot fix include:

  • Broken zippers
  • Hems and alterations
  • Gas-powered machinery (chainsaws, lawnmowers, snow blowers)
  • Items containing hazardous waste (gas, oil, chemicals, pesticides, etc.)
  • Large kitchen appliances
  • Single Serve Coffee Machines (i.e.: Keurig, Nespresso, etc.)
  • Sewing Machines
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Other Connections

Repair Cafés are a great complement to the Region’s other programs that encourage getting used or previously owned items over buying new. If you’re willing to pick up a paintbrush or a screwdriver, Curbside Giveaways, yard sales and online searches for used items can offer the potential to pick up some amazing treasures and furnish your house or apartment for almost nothing.

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